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Ban Back to Where it All Began

Secretary General Ban ki Moon visited San Francisco yesterday to pay homage to the city that gave birth to the United Nations and also see, first-hand, some of California's cutting edge efforts to fight global warming. But before Ban meets with Governor Schwarzenegger later today, he had a personal stop to make. From the San Francisco Chronicle: soon as his airplane lands at San Francisco International Airport, Ban's first order of business will be to visit Libba Patterson, 90, of Novato, whose family hosted him on his first visit to the United States more than four decades ago. "San Francisco is a place close to my heart," Ban told reporters at a news conference at U.N. headquarters in New York last week. "I was a young foreign exchange student in the Bay Area a long, long time ago in 1962. The kind lady who opened her home to me lives just across the (Golden Gate) bridge. I cannot wait to see her."
Later today, Ban and Gov. Schwarzenegger will tour a Silicon Valley firm that has pioneered technology to make homes and businesses more energy efficient.
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Ban welcomes climate deal struck by G8

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke about the agreement made by the "Group of Eight" to tackle global warming, saying that he "wholeheartedly welcomes that G8 leaders have agreed on a strong and early action to combat climate change."
As they began their three-day summit in Heiligendamm, Germany, leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States have agreed to seek "substantial" cuts in emissions in an effort to tackle climate change, according to media reports.
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New climate change envoys speak out

Three climate change envoys, newly-appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, say that global warming must be tackled at the international political level.
The three envoys - former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Republic of Korea Foreign Minister and General Assembly President Han Seung-soo and former Chilean President Ricardo Lagos Escobar - held a working luncheon today with Mr. Ban, who announced earlier this year that tackling climate change is one of his priorities as head of the UN.
Brundtland said, "We know that the world is warming up, and we know that the issue is to be able to act quickly enough so that we can avoid the types of dramatic consequences that are also irreversible... without sufficient action." More
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Special Dispatch: Climate Change in the Security Council

secgen.jpg Yesterday, for the first time, the UN Security Council addressed the issue of climate change, energy, and global security (video: part 1 | part 2). I sat in on the six-plus-hour open session, called by the British and led by British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett. Although the major news outlets focused on a disagreement between the G-77 and the developed world over the appropriateness of the venue, there were many other topics that were discussed that could have bearing on the way the world chooses to the face the effects of climate change.