Announcement / Statement

UN Secretary-General Optimistic About Reaching a Robust Agreement in Copenhagen [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon8 December 2009: In a question and answer session held at UN Headquarters in New York, US, the UN Secretary-General emphasized that the outcome of the ongoing climate change negotiations in Copenhagen will have reverberations for the future of humanity and the planet.

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WMO: 2009 Likely to be One of the Top 10 Warmest [viewed]

Wmo8 December 2009: According to data sources compiled by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the year 2009 is likely to rank in the top 10 warmest on record since the beginning of instrumental climate records in 1850.

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UNEP and GEF Support a Greener Football World Cup in 2010 [viewed]

GEF7 December 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have announced support towards greening the World Cup with a one million dollar funding package to ensure that the event has a long-term sustainable impact on the country and the region.

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CBD Sets Up Website on Biodiversity-Climate Change Linkages [viewed]

Cbd7 December 2009: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has set up a webpage for posting relevant CBD documents and statements on linkages between climate change and biodiversity for the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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IPCC Chair Issues Statement Regarding News Reports on Hacking of Email Communications [viewed]

7dic_09_04December 2009: Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has issued a statement regarding news reports on the hacking of email communications between scientists who have been involved as authors in IPCC assessments.

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ITU Secretary-General Highlights ICTs as Part of Climate Solution [viewed]

Itu Logo4 December 2009: The Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Hamadoun Touré, has called on delegates who will attend the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 15) to take advantage of the potential of advanced technologies to dramatically reduce emissions across a wide range of industrial sectors.

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Spain Pledges €15 million for UN-REDD Programme [viewed]

Un-redd4 December 2009: Spain has become the third donor to the UN-REDD Programme, following the Governments of Norway and Denmark, by pledging €15 million to the trust fund. Yemi Katerere, Head of UN-REDD, commented that "there is a growing interest in the UN-REDD Programme by developing and developed countries and a clear recognition that reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) cannot happen without this partnership.

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UN Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team Chief Holds Press Conference [viewed]

4 December 2009: During a press conference held at UN Headquarters in New York, US, Janos Pasztor, Director of the Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team, underlined that there were several signs of optimism that the outcome of the UN Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen would be successful.

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UPU Releases Results of Carbon Emissions Inventory [viewed]

Upu Logo3 December 2009: The Universal Postal Union (UPU), the UN specialized agency for postal services, has released the results of its first worldwide survey, which estimates that Posts in its 191 member countries generated at least 26 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2008 through the operation of postal vehicles and buildings, or 0.07% of total worldwide emissions.

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CBD Underlines Role of Forests in Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

Cbd2 December 2009: Ahmed Djoghlaf, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Executive Secretary, has underlined the potential synergies among the Rio Conventions, noting that discussions on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) will be an important part of the Copenhagen climate change negotiations.

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