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UN Secretary-General on World Environment Day: Citizens Should Press Their Governments to Seal the Deal in Copenhagen

26 May 2009: In a message to mark World Environment Day, which will be celebrated on 5 June under the theme “Your planet needs you,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that “the Earth faces the grave threat of climate change.”

He stressed that poor countries will be most affected by its impacts and called on everybody to press governments to “Seal the Deal” for a new climate agreement in December at the Copenhagen climate change conference.

Ban also underscored the need for a “Green New Deal” focused on investing in renewable sources of energy, eco-friendly infrastructure and energy efficiency. He encouraged all people to take the opportunity of the Day to take concrete steps towards making the planet greener and cleaner. [The Message]