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Ban welcomes election of chief of UN-backed climate panel ahead of Paris conference

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the election of Lee Hoesung of the Republic of Korea as Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Mr. Hoesung will guide the Panel’s work of assessing the science related to climate change.

Marking World Habitat Day, UN highlights importance of public spaces for all

Marking World Habitat Day, which is observed every year on the first Monday of October, top United Nations officials today urged the creation of “Public spaces for all.”

At UN, Latin American leaders underline ‘insufficient’ progress, urgent need to address climate change

Opening the floor at the United Nations General Assembly today, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador said “we have concluded a stage in the world’s history marked by important progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), however, this progress has not been sufficient.”

At UN, Canada urges focus on financing for climate change mitigation, adaptation

The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, Daniel Jean, addressed the United Nations General Assembly today, noting the importance of the new sustainable development agenda and of ensuring the proper financing of climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts.

At UN, Turkmenistan proposes establishing climate change centre for Central Asia

In her address at the General Assembly, Aksoltan Ataeva, Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to the United Nations, introduced a proposal to set up a climate change centre specifically for Central Asia.

Philippines highlights climate change, good migration governance in address at UN

Addressing the General Assembly today, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs for the Philippines, Albert del Rosario, highlighted, among other vital elements of the international agenda, the need to address the issues of climate change and migration.

Island States at UN Assembly call for stronger global partnerships to tackle crises

Leaders from, small island States took their turn at the podium of the United Nations General Assembly today to call for the strengthening of cooperation between international organizations in solving global crises, from resolving conflicts to tackling climate change.

Grenada joins regional call at UN for action on climate change

A framework for climate change “cannot wait,” Grenada’s Foreign Minister said today, joining other leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean calling for urgent action in the United Nations General Assembly.

Island States threatened by rising seas call at UN for urgent action on climate change

Islands States from the Pacific and Caribbean took to the podium of the United Nations General Assembly today to call for urgent action on climate change, with one leader warning that their people and culture face “potential genocide” from rising seas.

Madagascar urges steps towards meaningful agreement at upcoming UN climate talks

Having just launched the landmark new Global Goals, the United Nations now has a “rendezvous with history,” the President of the Madagascar declared today, telling the General Assembly that the new framework would set the world on the path to sustainability and that a vital first step on the path would be to secure a concrete agreement at the Paris climate conference in December.