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Mills To Address UN General Assembly About The Effects Of Climate Change In Maine

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Robert F. Bukaty
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Associated Press
Gov. Janet Mills delivers her State of the Budget address to the Legislature, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, at the State House in Augusta, Maine.

Gov. Janet Mills is speaking to the United Nations General Assembly in New York Monday afternoon about Maine's effort to combat climate change.

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The governor’s office says that Mills was personally invited to speak by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and that she will be the first Maine governor to speak before the UN. Mills will be participating in the UN Climate Action Summit.

On Tuesday the governor will participate in a meeting with European Union officials to discuss how the U.S. and European nations can work together to combat climate change.

This story is part of a week-long reporting project Covering Climate Now by Maine Public and more than 300 other news outlets around the world. The series comes in advance of the United Nations Climate Action Summit on Monday Sept. 23 in New York. More information here.

Originally published Sept. 20, 2019 at 4:21 p.m. ET.

Ed is a Maine native who spent his early childhood in Livermore Falls before moving to Farmington. He graduated from Mount Blue High School in 1970 before going to the University of Maine at Orono where he received his BA in speech in 1974 with a broadcast concentration. It was during that time that he first became involved with public broadcasting. He served as an intern for what was then called MPBN TV and also did volunteer work for MPBN Radio.