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ban ki moon7From the tropics to the poles, from small islands to large continents, and from the poorest countries to the richest, climate change impacts are already widespread, costly and consequential, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging stakeholders gathered in Abu Dhabi to consider concrete actions to tackle the phenomenon now – before it is too late.

“Climate change is the defining issue of our time. If we do not take urgent action, all our plans for increased global prosperity and security will be undone,” said the UN chief in opening remarks to the “Abu Dhabi Ascent”, which he is co-hosting with the United Arab Emirates Government to prepare for and build commitment ahead of his Climate Summit, set for 23 September in New York.

bokova3The Director-General participated in the celebration of the 60th anniversary of Russia's membership in UNESCO, held in Moscow and organised by the National Commission for UNESCO.

The ceremony was opened by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia and President of Commission of the Russian Federation to UNESCO, Sergey Lavrov, and included parliamentarians, along with many members of the National Commission, from all spheres of activity.

earth dayPeople across the world are being urged to speak out on behalf of Mother Earth so that she can continue to care for life as she has done for more than one thousand of years.

The appeal comes from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message for International Mother Earth Day observed on 22 April each year.

ban ki moon6Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre right) arrives in Mexico City, to attend the first High-level Meeting of Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.

15.04.2014 – With the deadline for the globally agreed development targets fast approaching, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for a renewed global partnership to advance sustainable development and a life of dignity for all.

climatechangeSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the findings of a long-awaited United Nations report on the mitigation of climate change released earlier today in Berlin and urged all countries “to act swiftly and boldly” to reach a “global, ambitious and legal [climate] agreement in 2015.”

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's latest report, Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change, released in Berlin, Germany, states that global greenhouse gas emissions are continuing to rise at an accelerated pace and concludes that urgent action is needed to limit the increase in global mean temperature to two degrees Celsius and that action now and will be far less costly than postponing action for the future.