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‘At time of great division,’ unity on Paris climate accord must be built upon – UN Assembly President

The President of the 193-member United Nations General Assembly today vowed to begin the hard work of carrying out the Paris Agreement on climate change, reminding the world that at a time of great division, the unity, leadership and collective responsibility demonstrated in the French capital should not be forgotten.

Ban hails Paris climate accord as ‘health insurance policy for the planet’

Calling the Paris Agreement on climate change “a health insurance policy for the planet,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he never lost faith over his nine years in office that the international community could rise to the challenge and take steps to curb emission and boost climate-resilient growth.

COP21: UN chief hails new climate change agreement as ‘monumental triumph’

Following the adoption of the new Paris Agreement on climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said government representatives made history today.

COP21: encouraged by climate talks, Ban urges negotiators to ‘make final decisions for humanity’

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that he is encouraged by progress of the talks at the UN climate change conference (COP21) in Paris, where the negotiations under way are perhaps the most significant and complex ever attempted.

COP21: UN chief calls on civil society to keep governments accountable on climate commitments

Meeting with civil society groups today at the United Nations climate change conference (COP21), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he counts on grassroots organizations to help keep governments accountable, so they implement what they have committed to in words.

COP21: efforts advance on reaching climate change agreement, says top UN official

A new stage in the development of a final agreement on climate change to limit global temperature rise to below two degrees Celsius or less has been reached today, according to the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change.

Call to break “gender imbalance” at UN climate conference

Gender equality must be featured in a new universal climate change agreement and so far it does not figure prominently enough.

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COP21: Ban tells private sector ‘how we do business today will determine if we can do business in the future’

Speaking at the United Nations climate change conference (COP21) today, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a room full of business leaders that the global gathering will serve to share progress made in important areas and to establish even greater ambition for the future.

COP21: saving energy 'triple win,' Ban says, as $5 billion Africa plan launched at climate summit

The United Nations and partners launched today a $5 billion initiative to expand renewable energy capacity in Africa as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the UN climate change conference (COP21) in Paris that saving energy is a triple-win in the battle against global warming.

COP21: ‘We have the unique opportunity to define our own destiny,’ Ban tells UN climate summit

Calling climate change a defining issue of our time, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today told top government officials that the opportunity exists “to define our own destiny” at the UN climate change conference (COP21) in Paris.