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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Statement

Secretary-General's video message for the opening of WWF-Korea

Seoul, Republic of Korea, 28 March 2014

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 eco-region 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 – and switch on to a cleaner, greener future.

Please accept my best wishes for today’s celebration and the valuable work you will do in the months and years to come.

Thank you.