Ban urges China to serve as model for combating impact of climate change

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon23 July 2009 – China can act as a model for developing countries and the wider world by investing in environmentally friendly growth and prioritizing the creation of cleaner energy, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says, urging the leaders of the planet's most populous nation to “serve as the vanguard of tomorrow's economy.”

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UN officials welcome ruling on disputed Sudanese town

 23 July 2009 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the top United Nations envoy to Sudan have welcomed today’s court ruling on the disputed oil-rich area of Abyei, and called on the parties to proceed with the remaining tasks under the peace deal that ended the country’s north-south civil war.

The demarcation of Abyei has been one of the outstanding issues related to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), signed by the National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in 2005.

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Ban outlines steps to turn promise of ‘responsibility to protect’ into practice

21 July 2009 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today outlined a series of measures designed to prevent genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and related crimes against humanity, stressing “it is high time to turn the promise of the responsibility to protect into practice.”

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Ban condemns bombings along Chadian-Sudanese border

Chadian soldiers patrol near the border with Sudan21 July 2009 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today deplored reported bombings along or near the Chadian-Sudanese border and urged both countries to exercise restraint and improve their frayed bilateral relations amid rising tensions in the region.

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Secretary-General to focus on climate change during trip to China and Mongolia

21 July 2009 – Climate change, which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called “the defining challenge of our era,” will feature prominently on the United Nations chief’s visits later this week to China and Mongolia, his spokesperson said today.

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