Announcement / Statement

This category includes notifications, announcements regarding high-level staff changes and appointments, speeches, press conferences, or official letters from high-level representatives related to climate change.

Hong Kong's Religious Leaders Urge Consensus on Climate Change [viewed]

23 January 2015: The six main religions of Hong Kong have released a joint, interfaith statement sounding the alarm on climate change. The statement emphasizes the impact climate change is having on weather, and consequently on famine, diseases and storms. The religious leaders express concern that the poor and vulnerable are and will be most impacted by the "potentially catastrophic consequences" of unabated carbon emissions.

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UN Secretary-General Appoints Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon16 January 2015: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Janos Pasztor of Hungary as the first-ever UN Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change. Pasztor will act as a Senior Adviser to Ban on climate change issues in the lead-up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, to be held in December 2015, in Paris, France.

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Celebrities Sign onto action/2015 Campaign, Urge Action on Climate and Poverty [viewed]

action-201515 January 2015: In a joint open letter, 31 celebrities have lent their voices to the action/2015 campaign, which calls on local and world leaders to take urgent action to alleviate poverty and mitigate climate change. The letter names 2015 as the most important year in global decision-making since the start of the new millennium, citing the UN summit on the post-2015 development agenda, and UN climate change conference, in September and December 2015, respectively.

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UNGA President Reviews Priorities for 2015 [viewed]

unga6914 January 2015: Sam Kutesa, President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), briefed the body on his priorities for the remainder of the 69th session. Priorities included many aspects of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, and climate change.

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UN Secretary-General Outlines Priorities for 2015 [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw8 January 2015: In an informal briefing to UN Member States, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon indicated his priorities for 2015, and discussed UN efforts in the areas of development, peace and security, and human rights. He also highlighted four main moments for action in 2015, as well as needs within the UN's development system.

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South Africa Becomes G77 Chair [viewed]

G77logo8 January 2015: At a ceremony held at UN Headquarters in New York, US, the Group of 77 and China (G77/China) handed over the chairmanship of its group from the Plurinational State of Bolivia to the Republic of South Africa.

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COP 20 and 21 Presidents Outline Expectations for 2015 [viewed]

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal and Laurent Fabius Chairs29 December 2014: The President of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC Manuel Pulgar-Vidal and COP 21 President Laurent Fabius have released a joint statement outlining their expectations for 2015.

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Guyana Accepts Doha Amendment to Kyoto Protocol [viewed]

guyanese-flag29 December 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Guyana has accepted the Doha Amendment, which formalizes commitments for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2013-2020). This announcement brings the total number of parties that have deposited their instruments of acceptance to 23.

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GEF CEO Stresses India's Role in 2015 Climate Agreement [viewed]

GEF19 December 2014: In an editorial written for the Hindu Business Line, Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), notes that India, as the world's third largest economy in purchasing power parity, will play a critical role in combating climate change. She writes that the most important building block of the 2015 Paris climate agreement will be the announcement of each country's intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) to reduce emissions, and that India's INDC will be closely scrutinized.

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Comoros Accepts Doha Amendment to Kyoto Protocol [viewed]

comoros18 December 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Comoros has accepted the Doha Amendment, which formalizes commitments for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2013-2020). This announcement brings the total number of parties that have deposited their instruments of acceptance to 22.

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