Ban ki-Moon
Ban ki-Moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon saw first-hand the impacts of climate change during a visit today to Greenland, where the melting of ice sheets is accelerating.

Together with the Prime Minister of Denmark, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, and the Prime Minister of Greenland, Aleqa Hammond, the Secretary-General spent the morning in the town of Uummannaq, which is several hundred kilometres above the Arctic Circle.


They hoisted flags and observed a prayer ceremony in a local church, UN spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters in New York, adding that the Secretary-General also went dog sledding and met with indigenous people.

Also today, Mr. Ban will tour the Ilulissat Icefjord by boat. Designated a World Heritage site by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the fjord is the mouth of a glacier which has been studied for more than 250 years and has contributed to better understanding of climate change.

He is also expected to be briefed on solutions available and innovations that are under way to address climate change in Greenland.

The UN chief?s visit is aimed at building momentum ahead of the climate summit which he is convening on 23 September, one day before the UN General Assembly begins its annual high-level debate.

Mr. Ban has invited leaders of Government, business, finance and civil society to bring bold announcements and actions to address climate change to the summit, which will focus on solutions that demonstrate how early action can result in substantial economic benefits.

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