Announcement / Statement

G20 Urged to Address Development Issues [viewed]

G20 RUSSIA30 August 2013: In a letter to the Group of 20 (G20) ahead of its 2013 Leaders' Summit, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls on the Group to take leadership on issues of sustainability. He encourages the member countries to promote inclusive growth and job creation, while implementing a sustainable development agenda. The G20 will hold its annual summit in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on 5-6 September 2013.

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CDM Launches 2013 'CDM Changing Lives' Photo and Video Contest [viewed]

Changing Lives5 August 2013: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has launched the 2013 edition of its 'CDM Changing Lives Photo and Video Contest,' which aims to showcase the CDM and its benefits.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Ambition on Climate and Post-2015 Development [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon23 August 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on governments to show ambition in the "twin processes" of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and discussions toward the post-2015 development agenda.

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Interviews with Incoming and Outgoing Director Generals Outline Future of Bioversity International [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalAugust 2013: In parallel interviews presented in an edition of International Innovations, Emile Frison, the outgoing Director General of Bioversity International, and Ann Tutwiler, incoming Director General, describe their visions for conserving agricultural biodiversity.

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UN and Indigenous Peoples Call for Indigenous Perspectives in Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

Unpfii29 August 2013: On International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, indigenous leaders and UN representatives called for indigenous perspectives to be reflected in public decision making, including discussions of the post-2015 development agenda.

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UN Names Next UNEP Deputy Executive Director [viewed]

z_ibrahim_thiaw2 August 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Ibrahim Thiaw (Mauritania) as Deputy Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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CIFOR Places a Quarter of Recent Indonesian Forest Fires in Industrial Plantations [viewed]

cifor-icraf30 July 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released a blog post on the sources of the June 2013 forest fires in Indonesia, noting that almost a quarter of them occurred in industrial plantations.

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UNSG Receives CSO Letter on HLP Report [viewed]

HLP On22 July 2013: Sixty-two Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) submitted a letter to UN Secretary-General (UNSG) Ban Ki-moon to provide feedback on the report of the UN High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (HLP) and make general recommendations on the post-2015 process. The letter is organized around the principles of planetary boundaries, structural transformation, human rights, inequalities, universality, accountability and participation.

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US, China Agree on Climate Change Mitigation Actions [viewed]

US Department of State10 July 2013: The US and China agreed to five new action initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and air pollution, focusing on: emission reductions from heavy-duty and other vehicles; smart grids; carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS); the collection and management of GHG emissions data; and energy efficiency in buildings and industry.

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Environmentally-Friendly UN City Opens in Copenhagen [viewed]

United Nations4 July 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the opening of UN City in Copenhagen, Denmark. The offices contribute to the UN's shift towards carbon neutrality and the objective laid out in the Millennium Declaration to make the UN more coherent and efficient.

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