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Feature: UN chief goes green at Climate Change Summit

2009-09-23 08:18 BJT

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by Xinhua writer Gu Zhenqiu

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who attaches great importance to climate change, on Tuesday wears a green tie and also a green handkerchief in his breast pocket, and carries a green paper folder to the podium of the General Assembly hall.

The green tie and decoration are very eye-catching against his white shirt and black suit as he declares the close of the UN Summit on Climate Change.

His make-up reminds people of the main component of sustainable development, such as green development, green economy, green growth and green technology.

By coincidence, Ban's spokesperson, Michelle Montas, puts on a green suit as she chairs the secretary-general's press conference on Tuesday evening.

One more coincidence: the 64th General Assembly session also issues news releases in a green folder, a package of media kit, with green marks on each of the pages.

Climate change, described by Ban as "the defining challenge of our time," prompts the secretary-general to convene the one-day summit at the UN Headquarters in New York.

"The objective of the Summit on Climate Change, which I am convening on Sept. 22, is to mobilize the political will and vision needed to reach an ambitious agreed outcome based on science at the UN climate talks in Copenhagen," said Ban.

Leaders from China, Bolivia, France, Japan, Rwanda and the United States are among the nearly 100 world leaders who took part in the historic summit to mobilize political will and strengthen momentum for a fair, effective, and ambitious climate deal in Copenhagen this December.