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First UN Environment Program chief organized Rio Earth Summit in 1992

The Associated Press Posted: Nov 28, 2015 2:49 PM ETLast Updated: Nov 29, 2015 9:46 AM ET

Maurice Strong responds to a question at UN headquarters in New York in 2003. Strong has died at 86.

Maurice Strong responds to a question at UN headquarters in New York in 2003. Strong has died at 86. (Richard Drew/Associated Press)

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Maurice Strong, whose work helped lead to the landmark climate summit that begins in Paris on Monday, has died at 86, the head of the UN’s environmental agency said Saturday.

“Strong will forever be remembered for placing the environment on the international agenda and at the heart of development,” Achim Steiner, executive director of the UN Environment Program, said in a statement Saturday.

The statement did not provide details of Strong’s death.

Manitoba-born Strong, the first UNEP chief, organized the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, which led to the launch of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.       go to link

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