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Second term for Ban Ki-moon applauded by The Climate Group

23 June 2011
Second term for Ban Ki-moon applauded by The Climate Group

NEW YORK: On Tuesday, the 192-nation UN General Assembly had voted unanimously to give Ban Ki-moon of South Korea a second five-year term as Secretary-General beginning January 1 2012.

This re-appointment is an opportunity to continue to incorporate climate change into the UN’s broader development agenda

Joseph Deiss, Assembly President, UN General Assembly, thanked Ban Ki-moon for his remarkable leadership thus far at the re-appointment, and listed the secretary general’s commitment to combating the critical issue of climate change as laudable.

Joseph Deiss also praised Ban Ki-moon for ensuring that his commitment to climate change had been elevated to the forefront of the international agenda.

After taking his oath, Ban ki-Moon said that the UN had “laid a firm foundation for the future” on a number of issues since he assumed office, such as “placing climate change squarely on the global agenda.”

Ban ki-Moon also promised: “Together, no challenge is too large.  Together, nothing is ‘impossible.'”

In response to this news of Ban ki-Moon’s second term, Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group, issued the following statement: “We congratulate the Secretary-General on his appointment to a second term as United Nations Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon has done an admirable job elevating and maintaining the issue of climate change and low carbon development to the top of the global agenda, and putting it in its right context as the cornerstone of sustainable economic growth and prosperity.  

“As an NGO looking ahead to some of the major upcoming UN milestones —including COP17 in Durban this year, next year’s Rio+20 conference and the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015— The Climate Group looks forward to partnering with the UN in order to make measurable progress on, without doubt, the biggest global challenge of our time: climate change.”

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