Announcement / Statement

UN-Water Presents Message on Water and Climate Change in Barcelona [viewed]

climate-change-adaptation3 November 2009: On the margins of the UNFCCC talks taking place in Barcelona, Spain, UN-Water presented a key message on Water and Climate Change Adaptation prepared for the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP15).

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IEA Announces Winners of Global District Energy Climate Award [viewed]

Iea-new Logo3 November 2009: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has announced the first six winning districts of the global District Energy Climate Award at the District Energy Summit, which took place from 2-4 November 2009, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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WTO Director General at Carleton University: “Climate First, and Trade Second” [viewed]

Wto2 November 2009: In a speech delivered on 2 November 2009, at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, the Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Pascal Lamy, stated that the climate crisis is “urgent, and is a top priority on the international agenda.”

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ICAO and Amadeus Cooperate on Global Measurement of Individual Carbon Footprints from Air Travel [viewed]

Icao29 October 2009: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Amadeus, a travel industry leader in distribution and technology, have teamed to use the booking data of the over one million airline customers processed daily by Amadeus to create a global carbon footprint database for individual travelers.

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ITU Highlights ICTs as Part of the Climate Solution [viewed]

Itu Logo29 October 2009: As participants prepare for the Barcelona Climate Change Talks, which will convene from 2-6 November 2009, in Barcelona, Spain, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has highlighted the critical importance of including information and communication technologies (ICTs) as part of the climate solution.

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UN Secretary-General Cautiously Optimistic about Copenhagen [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon28 October 2009: In his monthly press conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that, although much work remains to be done, he is optimistic that world leaders will reach an ambitious agreement in Copenhagen.

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Director of UN Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team Provides Update on Negotiations [viewed]

Janos Pasztor, Director of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team26 October 2009: Janos Pasztor, Director of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team, addressed a press conference in New York, US, where he said that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon views US engagement in climate change as vital to success.

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UN Special Rapporteur Highlights Links between Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies and Right to Adequate Housing [viewed]

© UN23 October 2009: Addressing a news conference on 23 October 2009, UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing Raquel Rolnik stressed that adaptation and mitigation strategies that governments put into place, as well as the new climate change agreement to be discussed in Copenhagen later this year, must fully comply with human rights norms, including the right to adequate housing.

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CBD Executive Secretary Stresses Cities' Potential in Biodiversity Protection and Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

© CBD20 October 2009: Addressing the World Green Roof Infrastructure Congress, held on 20 October 2009, in Toronto, Canada, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Ahmed Djoghlaf underscored the role of cities and local authorities for decisions relating to urban infrastructure, energy and transportation, all of which have a large impact both on climate change and biodiversity.

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Governing Body Selected for Forest Investment Program [viewed]

© The World Bank20 October 2009: The World Bank has announced the results of the regional self-selection process for member States in the governing body of the Forest Investment Program (FIP). Six developing countries (Brazil, the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Morocco, Nepal and Romania) will join five contributor countries (Australia, Denmark, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States) on the FIP Trust Fund Sub-Committee, which is the governing body of the FIP. The Sub-Committee will hold its first meeting on 29 October 2009, in Washington, DC, US.

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