New York

22 September 2014

Secretary-General's remarks at Hand-Over of the 30M Global Land Cover Data Set

On behalf of the United Nations system, allow me to express my sincere gratitude to the People’s Republic of China for this generous donation of the 30-meter Global Land Cover Datasets.

The World needs solid, science-based information for making wise decisions for sustainable development.

This donation is very timely and precious. Tomorrow global leaders will gather at the United Nations to participate in the Climate Change Summit and to confirm their commitments to action.

These detailed data sets will help us to better understand, monitor and manage changes in land cover and land use all over our planet.

I commend you for this laudable example of information sharing.

Thank you very much.