From the AP:

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he will ask President Bush on Tuesday to have a top U.S. official attend a high-level U.N. meeting on climate change in September because “American participation is crucially important.”

The secretary-general told a news conference Monday before he headed to Washington to meet Bush that he wants the September meeting to provide “strong political (momentum) and guidelines” for a major meeting in Bali, Indonesia in December on a new global climate pact.

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