UN Secretary-General Rides Solar-Powered Car to UN Headquarters

Secretary-Genetral Ban-Ki moon driven to work by Solartaxi, a fully solar powered car. UN Photo/Mark Garten 12 September 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon rode a

“Solartaxi,” a fully solar-powered car, from his home in New York to UN

Headquarters, as part of his efforts to raise awareness of climate change and

promote environmentally-friendly technologies.

The vehicle, which is sponsored

by the government of Switzerland, is on a worldwide journey that will conclude

in Poznan, Poland, in December 2008, where the next phase of the climate

negotiations will take place.

In August, Ban launched the “Cool UN” initiative

at UN Headquarters to limit the use of air conditioning and heating, thereby

reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving money. The initiative has been

extended until mid-September. [UN

Press Release]