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At UN, Ban Plans Climate Meet in March with Obama, Sources Say, Africa Trip Awaits Rice, Saturday Lights Out

Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis

UNITED NATIONS, February 6, updated Feb. 10 -- On Ban Ki-moon's signature issue, climate change, sources tell Inner City Press a plan is afoot for a mini-summit at New York in the third week of March, slated as Barack Obama's coming out party at the UN. It is timed to precede the G-20 London Summit at the beginning of April. The US Mission to the UN, which for eight years conveyed George Bush's critiques of the UN, now negotiates photo opportunities beneficial both to the new President and Ban Ki-moon.

Update of February 10 -- Ban Ki-moon in response sought to diminish expectations, unprompted, during his press conference on Tuesday, click here for analysis.

   Similarly, even the UN Security Council defers in its planning to the new U.S. Ambassador. A planned Council trip through the Great Lakes region of Africa, slated for April, is now on hold pending confirmation with Susan Rice's schedule. "She is an Africa expert," a Council source told Inner City Press. "We're waiting to here back from her."

UN's Ban and Obama on 2007 flight, carbon offsets not shown

   Ban Ki-moon's senior advisor Kim Won-soo alludes to planned meetings between South Korea's mission to the UN and Ms. Susan Rice. He was seen trying to pass unrecognized in the UN Coffee Shop, under the Visitors' Entrance. He might have wanted to wait until Saturday, February 7, when lights at the UN's Headquarters will go off from 7 am to 7 pm. Some how and for some reason, Ban Ki-moon with meet with Ms. Antonella Mularoni, Minister of Foreign and Political Affairs of the Republic of San Marino right during the time. The notice:


Power Supply Shutdown , Saturday, 7 February 2009

Please be advised that in order to perform urgent maintenance work and to minimize disruption to regular operations, the Facilities Management Service has scheduled a shutdown of power supply in the Secretariat Building on Saturday, 7 February 2009, as follows:

Partial Shutdown -    7:00am to 7:00pm

During this time, there will be lighting, power & A/C in selected areas including:

        38th Floor                 Secretary General 's Area only

        SitCen                        Entire Office

        Server Room (19th FL)        

        Elevators                2 Low Rise, 2 MidRise and 2 High Rise elevators will be working

Complete Shutdown -   12:00pm to 2:00pm

During this time, there will be no lighting, power, A/C or elevator services except in cases of emergency.

All staff members who are required to be present in the office on Saturday, 7 February 2009, are advised to vacate the premises during the complete shutdown period.  Inquiries regarding this matter may be referred to James Mckiernan, Associate Buildings Management Officer, Plant Engineering Section/FMS. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Clemens M. Adams

Director, Facilities and Commercial Services Division

 So the 38th floor will have to rush from 2 to 3 p.m. to prepare for San Marino. Mr. Adams, we're told, was responsible for the rising of food prices at the UN...

Footnote: Ban's planned trip to Tanzania, which his Spokesperson's Office declined to confirm this week, was described to Inner City Press by Tanzania's Ambassador on Friday afternoon.

Click here for Inner City Press' Jan 28, 2009 debate on the UN

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Click here from Inner City Press' December 12 debate on UN double standards

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and this October 17 debate, on Security Council and Obama and the UN.

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