Announcement / Statement

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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UN-HABITAT Executive Director Signs the “Seal the Deal” Petition [viewed]

© UN22 July 2009: Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, has signed the “Seal the Deal” climate change petition, which calls on world leaders to negotiate a fair, balanced and effective agreement at the upcoming 15th session of the Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC in Copenhagen in December 2009.

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Voting on Civil Society Observer Seats for World Bank CIF Committees Underway [viewed]

© World Bank 21 July 2009: Voting is now open for the selection of candidates to serve as civil society observers for the following World Bank Climate Investment Fund committees: the Clean Technology Fund, the Strategic Climate Fund, and the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience.

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UN Secretary-General to Focus on Climate Change During Trip to China and Mongolia [viewed]

20 July 2009: The UN Secretary-General is scheduled to travel to China on 24 July 2009, where he will meet with Chinese President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and other Chinese officials in Beijing, and participate in a number of climate change-related programmes, including a “Green Light” event focusing on energy efficient technologies.

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IPCC Chair at UN Press Conference: G8 Leaders Did Not Take IPCC Recommendations into Account [viewed]

© IPCC20 July 2009: During a press conference held at UN Headquarters in New York, US, Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said he was encouraged by the climate pledges made by G8 leaders at their recent meeting in L'Aquila, Italy, but expressed his concern that their general commitments fell short of what was required by science.

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Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat Announces Winner of Logo Contest [viewed]

© Adaptation Fund15 July 2009: The Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat has announced that Andrew M. Wee of Cebu City, Philippines, has won the contest to create a new logo for the Fund.

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WMO and WFP Sign MoU [viewed]

© WMO16 July 2009: On 8 July 2009, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which reflects shared concerns about climate change issues and the relation between climate and meteorological aspects on the one hand, and hunger, nutrition and food security on the other.

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Press Conference on Climate Talks at G8 Summit Held at UN Headquarters [viewed]

15 July 2009: At a press conference on the results of the recent meeting of the Group of Eight (G8) and the Major Economies Forum (MEF), which took place in Italy, Janos Pasztor, Director of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team, underscored that countries still had some “formidable differences” to bridge in order to “seal a deal” in Copenhagen in December. Among the key outcomes of these meetings, he referred to: the two degrees Celsius target endorsed by the leaders attending; the agreement to establish a global partnership to drive transformational low-carbon, climate-friendly technologies; the promise to increase dramatically the necessary investments in research and development; and the consideration of establishing a “Green Fund.”

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World Bank Carbon Finance Unit Responds to Civil Society [viewed]

© World Bank14 July 2009: Joëlle Chassard, Manager of the World Bank's Carbon Finance Unit, engaged in an online chat with people from all over the world, responding to queries related to the Bank's work on carbon finance on issues ranging from deforestation to financing clean energy for the poor.

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