Announcement / Statement

UN Secretary-General Discusses Climate Change with Finnish President [viewed]

© ENB26 May 2009: In a press conference while on an official visit in Helsinki, Finland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reported on his meeting with Finnish President Tarja Halonen.

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UN Secretary-General on World Environment Day: Citizens Should Press Their Governments to Seal the Deal in Copenhagen [viewed]

26 May 2009: In a message to mark World Environment Day, which will be celebrated on 5 June under the theme “Your planet needs you,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that “the Earth faces the grave threat of climate change.”

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CMS Secretariat Highlights Threats Posed by Energy Demand to Gorilla Conservation [viewed]

© CMS22 May 2009: On the occasion of the International Biodiversity Day, the Secretariat of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) stressed that the ever-growing human demand for energy and its consequences represent an omnipresent yet invisible threat to gorillas and their habitats.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Provides Update on Status of Negotiations [viewed]

14 May 2009: In a press conference held in New York, US, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer emphasized the need to accelerate progress with only 200 days left before the Copenhagen climate change conference.

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UNCCD Executive Secretary: Crises Present Opportunity for Action [viewed]

© UNCCD13 May 2009: UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja told a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York, US, that the convergence of the global food, fuel, financial and economic crises, against a backdrop of climate change, present an opportunity for action to reshape the development agenda and should not be wasted.

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UNDP Administrator Discusses Development Priorities with UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs [viewed]

13 May 2009: The new Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Helen Clark, recently met the UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Hilary Benn.

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Ramsar Releases Preliminary Information on World Wetlands Day 2010 - Wetlands, Biodiversity, and Climate Change [viewed]

© Ramsar12 May 2009: The Communication, Education, Participation and Awareness (CEPA) Programme of the Ramsar Secretariat has released advance information on Worlds Wetlands Day 2010, which will be celebrated on 2 February around the theme “Wetlands, Biodiversity, and Climate Change.” The theme relates to 2010 being proclaimed the International Year of Biodiversity and to the impacts of climate change for present and future wetland ecosystem health.

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UNEP Grants Green Star Awards for Contributing to Stability of Post-Crisis Societies [viewed]

7 May 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Green Cross International and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) granted five inaugural Green Star Awards in Brussels, Belgium, on 7 May 2009. The Awards recognize the efforts of leaders who contribute to the stability of post-crisis societies.

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COP 15 Chair Briefs the Press on Prospects for Reaching a Global Agreement [viewed]

6 May 2009: In a press conference held at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on prospects for reaching a new global climate change agreement, Connie Hedegaard, Minister for Climate and Energy of Denmark, explained that she aimed to engage in dialogue with Heads of mission at the UN and with the UN Secretary-General on the importance of tackling the “crunch issues” of climate change, namely financing for adaptation and mitigation strategies.

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UNFCCC Posts US Submission to AWG-LCA 6 [viewed]

© UNFCCC5 May 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the US Input to the Negotiating Text for Consideration at the Sixth Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 6), in which it supports a Copenhagen agreed outcome that “reflects both common and differentiated elements, is pragmatic, and recognizes the diversity of countries' circumstances and opportunities,” and expresses its commitment to reaching a strong international agreement in Copenhagen. The submission contains sections on mitigation, adaptation, technology and financing.

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