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UN to Assist in Establishment of Inter-Agency Climate Change Centre for Pacific Countries

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 19 August 2008: In a message delivered by Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, to the Pacific Islands Forum summit meeting, which is taking place until 21 August 2008 in Alofi, Niue, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the creation of an Inter-Agency Climate Change Centre for coordinated UN support to Pacific Island Countries and regional organizations, in partnership with the Government of Samoa.

Secretary-General Ban referred to the collaboration between various UN bodies and the Pacific Island Forum, and welcomed the fact that the region is making its voice heard on the subject of climate change. Noting that climate change impacts are already being felt, he expressed the UN's commitment to support Pacific countries with respect to mitigation, adaptation and disaster-risk reduction, taking into account their special vulnerability. At the international level, he called for concrete outcomes from the Poznan meeting in December 2008, in particular on the issue of making financial, technological and capacity-building support for adaptation available to vulnerable countries. [UN News Centre] [Secretary General's message]