STATEMENT ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE SPOKESPERSON
OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

On the 2007 Nobel Peace Price

The President of the United Nations General Assembly is extremely pleased that the 2007 Nobel Peace Price was awarded to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and to Mr. Al Gore for their outstanding work and commitment to raise awareness and to mobilize a broad based response to the challenge of climate change. He warmly congratulates both recipients for receiving the award.

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.

The President is especially delighted that a United Nations body has been honored this year with the prize. He notes that the United Nations has been the key forum to both recognize and respond to the threat of climate change. 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. It also underscores the current attention Member States have given to climate change making it the flagship issue of the 62nd session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The President hopes that the Nobel Peace Prize will give additional impetus to the efforts of Member States to work through the United Nations to address the challenge of climate change.

New York, 13 October 2007

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