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Intense activity over recent weeks lays foundation for work ahead – Ban

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3 October 2007As the United Nations wraps up a period of “active and intense” activity at its New York Headquarters today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sees broad agreement on a number of priority issues as providing a solid basis for important work ahead. The conclusion of the annual debate of the General Assembly today caps off three weeks of activity that began with a series of high-level meetings convened by Mr. Ban on Darfur, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Middle East and climate change.Over the course of the past week, Mr. Ban continued his discussions on these and other priority issues during one-on-one conversations with more than 130 heads of State and government, foreign ministers and permanent representatives. “Taken together, he believes that we have established a firm foundation for our work during the year ahead,” Mr. Ban’s Spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters. The priorities are clear, she stated, from the deployment of peacekeepers to Darfur and attaining an agreement on global warming that all nations can embrace to reinvigorating efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly in Africa.“And of course we will pursue UN reform… so that we can better deliver – more efficiently and effectively – on all that is increasingly expected of us in this era of proportionately diminishing resources,” Ms. Montas stated.She noted in particular that the climate change meeting, the largest ever gathering of world leaders on the issue, sought to coordinate global efforts to fight global warming under one roof – the UN. “It is a model of how the Secretary General hopes to continue working closely with Member States and the General Assembly in the future,” Ms. Montas said. read more

Geese to be banned from Regents Park Boating Lake because visitors keep

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first_imgEvery June, many hundreds of geese come to Regent’s Park fouling the pedestrian footpath and making it slippery and dangerous for visitorsNick Biddle, Park Manager at Regent’s Park “Every June, many hundreds of geese come to Regent’s Park and moult in the Boating Lake, fouling the pedestrian footpath and making it slippery and dangerous for visitors, as well as damaging the lawns,” he said.”We’re considering reintroducing a low wire fence along the lakeside, which was in place previously, to protect the area. “The birds will find other nearby water bodies for themselves in order to carry out their annual moult, without affecting the safety of visitors.He added: “Once we have a design we’ll consult with local residents and local planning officers before confirming the proposal.”A spokesperson for Royal Parks, which manages 5,000 acres of green spaces across eight London parks, including Hyde Park,Green Park, Richmond Park and Bushy Park, told The Daily Telegraph there were no proposals to add anti-goose fences to other parks. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The RSPB hit out at the move and said it could cause “distress” to end access for birds who are have become used to returning to the same spot “for years.”A spokesperson said it was likely the geese would simply travel elsewhere, passing on the problem to other parks.“Nature is in trouble and needs out help more than ever. We have seen recent TV programmes or reports in the media telling us that nature is facing a struggle to survive. In fact, more than half of all wildlife in the UK has declined over the past 40 years. Canada geese in Regent's Park, London “People from all over London visit parks to take a break from the fast-paced life to relax enjoying nature. “Instead of looking at ways we can force nature into an ever smaller space, we should look at how we can live alongside wildlife and help give it a home in our villages, towns and cities,” the RSPB spokesperson added. But Nick Biddle, Park Manager at Regent’s Park, defended the move and told The Daily Telegraph that the volume of geese made the area “dangerous”. Geese are to be banned from one of Britain’s most popular public parks, because visitors keep slipping over. There are plans to erect a fence around the Regent’s Park Boating Lake, to stop up to 400 Canada Geese flocking there in June to moult. Royal Parks, which runs the park, has been criticised by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) for seeking to push nature into “a smaller and smaller space”. Canada Geese cannot fly during the six-week annual moulting process, which sees them shed old feathers and regrow new ones between June until mid-July. During this flightless period, the geese must be near open water so as to quickly escape any predators on land.Regent’s Park is understood to see goose numbers rocket over this period, from around 40 year-round to 400 in summer. Westminster council said it was yet to receive a planning application for any fence. Up to 400 Canada Geese flock to the Regent’s Park Boating Lake in June to moultCredit:JULIAN SIMMONDSlast_img read more

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