Announcement / Statement

UN Global Climate Week: Activities Start in Hamburg [viewed]

© UNEP19 September 2009: The first “Global Climate Week” was launched on 19 September 2009, in Hamburg, Germany, initiating a week of synchronised activity around the world to encourage urgent action to combat climate change. Global Climate Week officially runs from 21-25 September 2009, involving activities by corporations, community groups and individuals around the world. It coincides with the Summit on Climate Change that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will host on 22 September 2009, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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African Union Announces Position on Climate Change [viewed]

© African Union18 September 2009: During his monthly press conference on 17 September 2009 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Jean Ping, President of the Commission of the African Union announced that Africa will request “polluting countries,” regardless of their participation in the Kyoto Protocol, to reduce their emissions “drastically.”

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IPCC Member Appointed as UNEP's First Chief Scientist [viewed]

© IPCC16 September 2009: The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has appointed environmental modelling and systems expert Joseph Alcamo as its first Chief Scientist.

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Montreal Protocol Celebrates International Ozone Day, Achieves Universal Ratification and Looks toward Increasing Climate Benefits [viewed]

© UN16 September 2009: The Montreal Protocol celebrated the UN's International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer on 16 September. To add to the celebrations, Timor-Leste announced its ratification of the Protocol, making the Montreal Protocol the first environmental agreement to achieve universal participation by 196 parties.

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UN Special Advisor Highlights Need to Focus on Achieving Climate Goals, Not Negotiation [viewed]

© UN15 September 2009: Delivering the 14th Prebisch Lecture at the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Jeffrey Sachs, Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals, said current international attempts to respond to climate change are off track.

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New UNGA President Calls Attention to UN Summit on Climate Change [viewed]

© COPYRIGHTFOTO15 September 2009: Opening the 64th annual session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), incoming President Ali Treki (Libya) urged participants at the upcoming Climate Change Summit to agree on recommendations for the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. The Summit will be convened by the UN Secretary-General on 22 September in New York, US.

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UNEP Calls for “Champions of the Earth” Nominations [viewed]

© UNEP15 September 2009: The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that nominations are now open for the sixth cycle of the Champions of the Earth award.

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UNGA President Calls for Increased Political and Financial Resources for Climate Change Responses [viewed]

© UN14 September: In his outgoing speech, the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) suggested earmarking at least 1% of the global GDP to climate change responses.

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CDM Executive Board Launches Call for Accreditation Panel Members [viewed]

© UNFCCC14 September 2009: Further to the decision taken at its 49th meeting, the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has launched a call for an expert to join the CDM Accreditation Panel (CDM-AP) with a view to preparing a shortlist of experts for consideration by the Board at its 51st meeting.

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World Bank Exceeds Target on Investments in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency [viewed]

© World Bank 10 September 2009: The World Bank Group's investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects and programs in developing countries rose 24% in the last fiscal year to reach US$3.3 billion.

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