28 March 2014

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General, in Video Message for World Wildlife Fund-Korea Opening,

Commends Groupís Contribution to Yellow Sea Ecoregion, Biodiversity

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonís video message for the opening of World Wildlife Fund (WWF)- Korea in Seoul today:

Your Excellency, President Park Geun-hye, excellencies and distinguished guests,

I am pleased to send congratulations to the opening of WWF-Korea after a decade of fruitful engagement.

I commend your work on the Yellow Sea Ecoregion and look forward to your continued contribution to biodiversity conservation on the Korean Peninsula and beyond.

The United Nations is proud to collaborate with WWF in promoting sustainable development and a world where society lives in harmony with nature.

Since 2009, WWF has been raising international awareness about climate change and renewable energy with the Earth Hour campaign.

You join with the Green Climate Fund, also based here in Korea, in making the case for a profound transformation of the global economy.

I look forward to joining you on March 29th as we switch off our lights for one hour ó and switch on to a cleaner, greener future.

Please accept my best wishes for todayís celebration and the valuable work you will do in the months and years to come.† Thank you.

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