Announcement / Statement

UN/ISDR Says Landslide Impacts Can be Reduced [viewed]

© UN/ISDR 12 August 2009: According to the UN International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UN/ISDR), the frequency of landslides is expected to increase as climate change exacerbates the intensity of rainfall, but their impact can be reduced.

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UN Secretary-General on International Youth Day: Climate Change Can Saddle Young People Everywhere with an Unjust “Ecological Debt” [viewed]

12 August 2009: In a message to mark International Youth Day, which is celebrated on 12 August, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored that climate change “continues to compromise economies [...] saddling young people everywhere with an unjust `ecological debt´.”

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JISC Calls for Public Input on Establishment of Communication Channel with JI Project Participants [viewed]

© UNFCCC7 August 2009: The Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC) has launched a call for public input on the establishment of a communication channel between the JISC and JI project participants.

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UNEP Announces UNIFEM Joins Seal the Deal [viewed]

© UNEP4 August 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) has joined several other UN agencies and organizations that are encouraging governments to reach an ambitious and effective global climate agreement in Copenhagen this December, by supporting the UN's “Seal the Deal!” campaign.

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UN Secretary-General at Monthly Press Conference: Making Copenhagen a Success is “Utmost Priority” [viewed]

29 July 2009: Speaking at his monthly press conference at UN Headquarters in New York, US, UN Secretary-General stated that in September, “we will be entering a crucial stage on climate change.”

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UNICEF Stresses Impacts of Climate Change on Child Malnutrition in Madagascar [viewed]

© UNICEF27 July 2009: The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has reported that farmers have lost their crops in the drought-affected regions of southern Madagascar.

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Secretary-General Stresses Urgency of Climate Change Adaptation During Visit to Mongolia [viewed]

27 July 2009: Speaking in Ulaanbaatar during his official visit to Mongolia, and in the presence of the Mongolian President, the Foreign Minister and the Vice Speaker of Parliament, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the urgency of climate adaptation measures for the most vulnerable.

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UNECE Protocol on Pollutant Releases Set to Enter into Force [viewed]

© UNECE17 July 2009: The Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers to the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (or Aarhus Convention), is set to enter into force on 8 October 2009, following France's ratification, which was deposited with the UN Secretary-General on 10 July 2009.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Highlights Financing for Developing Countries as Key to a Climate Change Agreement [viewed]

© UNFCCC24 July 2009: In an address on UN Radio, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, said “sealing the deal” for a comprehensive global climate change agreement in Copenhagen in December hinges largely on securing the financing needed for mitigation and adaptation to help developing countries tackle global warming, as well as financial help for them to acquire “green” technology.

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UN's Geneva Headquarters Awarded Nature Reserve Certificate [viewed]

© UN23 July 2009: The UN's Geneva headquarters (UNOG) has been awarded the Nature Reserve Certificate by the Swiss non-governmental organization Fondation Nature & Economie, which bestows the honor on entities that protect nature by managing at least 30% of the green areas around their buildings in a natural manner.

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