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Discussions on negotiating texts on pact to combat global warming kick off – UN

1 June 2009 – Delegates from 182 nations are gathering in Bonn, Germany, today to initiate discussions on negotiating texts which could form the basis of an ambitious United Nations-backed climate change deal, to slash greenhouse gas emissions, expected to be clinched in December.


Together, We Must Press Governments to “Seal the Deal” For a New Climate Agreement

Message of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on World Environment Day, 5 June 2009

The economic and financial turmoil sweeping the globe is a true wake-up call, sounding an alarm about the need to improve upon old patterns of growth and make a transition a new era of greener, cleaner development. The theme of this year’s World Environment Day – “Your planet needs you” – is meant to inspire all of us to do our part.

The Earth faces the grave threat of climate change. While all countries will suffer, the poor will bear the brunt of the impact. But we also have an opportunity to change course. Crucial climate change talks will take place in Copenhagen in December. Together, we must press governments to “Seal the Deal” for a new climate agreement.


Ban deplores DPR Korea's underground nuclear test

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

25 May 2009 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly deplored the conduct of an underground nuclear test by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), in “clear and grave” violation of resolutions of the United Nations Security Council which is set to hold emergency talks on the matter today.


There Are Still Far Too Few Women Peacekeepers

Message of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the International Day of Peacekeepers, 29 May 2009

The international community’s reliance on United Nations peacekeeping continues to deepen. Deployment is at a record high, with the number of troops, civilians and police totaling more than 113,000.


Myanmar: UNESCO chief deplores arrest of pro-democracy leader

Aung San Suu Kyi

20 May 2009 – The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has expressed his grave concern over the arrest and trial of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, coinciding with when her house arrest was due to end, to the leader of the ruling military junta.