Announcement / Statement

UN Secretary-General Launches Global Sustainability Panel [viewed]

9 August 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has launched a new High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability tasked with finding ways to lift people out of poverty while tackling climate change and ensuring environmentally-friendly economic development.

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UN-REDD Discusses Monitoring Activities [viewed]

3 August 2010: In the latest UN-REDD Programme media release, Peter Holmgren, UN Food and Agricluture Organization (FAO) Coordinator for the UN-REDD Programme, describes the importance of measuring, reporting and verification (MRV)  for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+), and outlines challenges countries face in setting up national monitoring systems.

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UNEP Launches 2011 Sasakawa Prize [viewed]

29 July 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Nippon Foundation have announced that nominations are being accepted for the 2011 Sasakawa Prize, which aims to identify innovative environmental projects in the developing world. The 2011 theme is “Forests for People and for Green Growth,” in support of the 2011 International Year of Forests.

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Greening the Blue Poll Shows Support for Purchase of Carbon Offsets [viewed]

4 August 2010: An informal poll carried out on the UN Greening the Blue website shows support for the UN purchasing of carbon offsets.

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UNCSD 2012 Website Launched [viewed]

August 2010: The UN Division for Sustainable Developement (DSD) has launched a new website for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) in 2012 (also referred to as "Rio+20").

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Briefs the Press at Opening of August Bonn Climate Change Talks [viewed]

2 August 2010: Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, held a press conference on  the opening day of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. She highlighted five key areas in which progress can be built. 

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CDM EB Issues Call for Public Inputs on Focus Areas for Future Practitioner Workshops [viewed]

30 July 2010: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board (EB), at its 55th meeting, agreed to open a call for public inputs on focus areas for future practitioner workshops for CDM stakeholders.

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IPCC Issues Release In Memoriam of Stephen Schneider [viewed]

19 July 2010: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued a release in memoriam of Stephen Schneider who passed away on 19 July at the age of 65. Schneider was a prominent climate scientist and a longtime contributor to the IPCC's work.

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Guyana and Norway Establish Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund [viewed]

13 July 2010: The President of Guyana and Prime Minister of Norway announced the establishment of the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund (GRIF) for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, including conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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UNCCD Executive Secretary Highlights Links between Land and Security [viewed]

10 July 2010: In a statement to the Third Annual Caux Forum for Human Security, which convened from 9-16 July 2010, in Caux, Switzerland, Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), discussed "Grounding Security: Soil security a prerequisite for human security."  

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