UN chief visits Norway to observe climate change
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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visited a research community in Ny-Aalesund in the Arctic's Svalbard archipelago to see the effects of climate change first-hand, officials said.(Xinhua/AFP Photo)
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    STOCKHOLM, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon began a three-day official visit to Norway on Monday to observe the effects of climate change, according to reports from Oslo.

    One of the most important purposes of the visit was to see climatic changes and what it meant for humankind, Ban said at a joint news conference with Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg after their talks in Oslo.

    Ban arrived in Norway late Sunday and will leave late Monday for the Svalbard archipelago near the North Pole to witness first-hand the effects of climate change on the Arctic.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visited a research community in Ny-Aalesund in the Arctic's Svalbard archipelago to see the effects of climate change first-hand, officials said.(Xinhua/AFP Photo)
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    The UN chief said he would take what he learned to a high-level meeting he planned to convene in New York on Sept. 22 and it would help him give a "strong" message about the need to secure a new global deal on climate change at a summit in Copenhagen in December.

    At the news conference, Ban also responded to criticism of his leadership from Mona Juul, Norway's deputy ambassador to the United Nations.

    In an internal report to the Norwegian Foreign Ministry, Juul accused Ban of "weak, ineffective" and at times counterproductive leadership, according to the Norwegian daily Aftenposten.

    "Different circumstances may require different leadership styles and different charisma. I have my own charisma, I have my own leadership style," Ban said.

    "It doesn't feel good to be criticized sometimes, but I'm always looking to improve my role and my performance ... to serve the international community and I welcome these criticisms when they are constructive," he added.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visited a research community in Ny-Aalesund in the Arctic's Svalbard archipelago to see the effects of climate change first-hand, officials said.(Xinhua/AFP Photo)
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Editor: Mu Xuequan
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