Announcement / Statement

UN Secretary-General Warns Collective Action on Climate Change Necessary to Avoid Catastrophe [viewed]

© UN1 October 2009: Speaking at Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that “if ever there were a time to act in a spirit of renewed multilateralism ... it is now.”

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Global Climate Week Concludes [viewed]

25 September 2009: The first ever Global Climate Week, led by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) from 21-25 September 2009, rallied diverse groups, organizations and individuals in around 100 countries in support of the Seal the Deal! climate change campaign.

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Small Island States Highlight Climate Change Challenges [viewed]

Winston Baldwin Spencer, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda - © UN25 September 2009: Addressing the General Assembly's annual General Debate, small island States' leaders warned that their very existence may be at stake if urgent measures are not introduced to slash greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to rising global temperatures.

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UNEP Climate Neutral Network Announces New Partnerships [viewed]

© UNEP23 September 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that sixteen new umbrella organizations, including cities, cooperatives, railways, postal services, industry and civil society associations, have joined the Climate Neutral Network – an initiative to promote global action to de-carbonize our economies and societies.

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World Maritime Day Focuses on Climate Change [viewed]

24 September 2009: This year's World Maritime Day highlights climate change as a key issue for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the shipping industry.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Delivers Video Message Ahead of Bangkok Talks [viewed]

© UNFCCCSeptember 2009: In a recently released video message, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer takes stock of international climate change negotiations ahead of the upcoming talks in Bangkok.

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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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