United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon remarks to “State of the Planet 2010″, New York, 2010

“Green growth is the path to meeting the climate challenge. It can help us to lay the foundation for lasting and widespread economic recovery. It can help us to reduce poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals”

“Let me be clear: the threat posed by climate change is real. Nothing that has been alleged or revealed in the media recently alters the fundamental scientific consensus on climate change. Nor does it diminish the unique importance of the IPCC’s work.”

“As consumption grows, and as climate change gathers pace, we risk reversals in the many gains that have been made towards the Millennium Development Goals. The gulf between the aspiration for environmental sustainability and our achievements remains too wide. Improved international governance of environment and development can help close that gap.”

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