The opening address by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the historic Summit on climate change in New York on 22 September 2009. This event is aimed at mobilizing political will and strengthening momentum for a fair, effective, and ambitious climate deal in Copenhagen climate conference-Dec 2009.

There was, last week, a glimmer of hope in the world food crisis. Expecting a bumper harvest, Ukraine relaxed restrictions on exports. Overnight, global wheat prices fell by 10 percent. By contrast, traders in Bangkok quote rice prices around $1,000 a ton, up from $460 two months ago.