Announcement / Statement

Federated States of Micronesia and Mauritius Propose Climate-Related Amendment to Montreal Protocol [viewed]

3 May 2009: A joint proposal has been submitted by the Federated States of Micronesia and Mauritius to amend the Montreal Protocol. The amendment proposes to regulate and phase-down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) with a high global warming potential and promote the destruction of banks of ozone-depleting substances (ODS).

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CBD Executive Secretary Stresses Biodiversity's Potential for Tackling Global Challenges Such As Climate Change [viewed]

© Ahmed Djoghlaf30 April 2009: At the UN Department of Public Information briefing for non-governmental organizations on “Biodiversity – The basis for Human Well-Being: Celebrating the International Year of Biodiversity in 2010,” held on 30 April 2009, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) highlighted the International Year of Biodiversity as an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of life on the planet, recognize its importance for our well-being, and take the steps needed to ensure that it is available for future generations.

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UN Secretary-General at Tsunami Lessons Learned Event Emphasizes Simultaneous Approach to Climate Change and Economic Crisis [viewed]

© UN24 April 2009: Speaking at the Tsunami Lessons Learned event, which took place in New York, US, on 24 April 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the importance of sharing lessons learned from disaster responses.

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World Bank/IMF Spring Meeting Highlights Role of Low Carbon Investments in Crisis Recovery [viewed]

© IMF27 April 2009: The Joint World Bank Group (WBG) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Development Committee met on 26 April in Washington, DC, US, and highlighted that “hard earned progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is now in jeopardy.”

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ILO and UNITAR Launch Course on Green Jobs [viewed]

© ILO20 April 2009: The International Training Centre (ITC) of the International Labour Organization (ILO) has launched a six week open course on Green Jobs, focusing on the socioeconomic impacts of climate change with particular attention to the world of work, in terms adaptation and mitigation, and on how to manage the transition to a low-carbon economy.

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UNEP Announces 2009 Champions of the Earth [viewed]

© UNEP22 April 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced seven innovators of environmental change as UNEP 2009 Champions of the Earth at a gala event in Paris, France. This year's winners include tropical forest and climate campaigner Kevin Conrad, wind power entrepreneur Tulsi Tanti, and Norwegian Environment Minister Erik Solheim.

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IEA Briefs G8 Environment Ministers on Energy Technology's Role in Green Growth [viewed]

© IEA22 April 2009: While attending the Group of Eight industrialized countries (G8) environment ministers meeting, which is taking place from 22-23 April 2009, in Siracusa, Italy, International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka presented a paper titled “Ensuring Green Growth in a Time of Economic Crisis: The Role of Energy Technology.”

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UN Praises China's Work on Disaster Recovery [viewed]

© UN22 April 2009: On a visit to China, John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, praised the nation's disaster preparedness and recovery efforts, as the first anniversary of the Wenchuan earthquake nears.

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UN Secretary-General Praises Malta's Role in Keeping Climate Change High on Global Political Agenda [viewed]

© UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon21 April 2009: On the occasion of the unveiling of the Climate Change Monument at the International Maritime Law Institute in Valletta, Malta, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted Malta's contributions in fighting climate change.

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UNEP Executive Director Discusses Global Green Economy [viewed]

© UNEP20 April 2009: Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), discussed the Green Economy in a speech delivered at a university in Tel Aviv, Israel. He addressed the way technological opportunities in resource efficient, low carbon and environmentally-friendly products and processes move from ideas onto commercialization, noting the power of the market as arbiter of what society wants and needs. He stressed the role of government in “shaping and focusing markets” to deliver benefits and long-term goals.

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