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General Assembly President lauds Al Gore, IPCC on Nobel Peace Prize

13 October 2007 - The President of the United Nations General Assembly today congratulated Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on their receipt of the 2007 Nobel Peace Price and voiced hope that it would spur action on the issue.

“The President believes that the awarding of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize is a clear recognition of the fact that climate change is not just an environmental problem but a global, multifaceted challenge that deserves immediate and crucial attention from the international community,” a spokesman for Srgjan Kerim said in a statement released in New York.

“The award is not only a recognition of the outstanding and important work that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has been pursuing over many years, but also reflects positively on the work of the United Nations as a whole,” he said, pointing out that climate change is the “flagship issue” of the current Assembly session.

The awarding of the Nobel Prize should “give additional impetus to the efforts of Member States to work through the United Nations to address the challenge of climate change,” he said.