Announcement / Statement

UNECE and International Union of Railways Sign MoU [viewed]

26 May 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the International Union of Railways (UIC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 24 May 2010, in Prague, Czech Republic. The MoU aims to further strengthen the cooperation between UNECE and UIC in the pursuit of the integration and development of the European transport of goods and passengers by railways, with a view to developing sustainable transport and promoting environment and health friendly transport systems to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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UNCCD and UNFF Sign Memorandum of Understanding [viewed]

25 May 2010: The Secretariats of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that stresses the need to work together to fight land degradation, including in forests.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Briefs the Press Ahead June Talks [viewed]

25 May 2010: UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer briefed the press about his expectations for the upcoming climate change talks scheduled to take place in Bonn, Germany, from 31 May-11 June 2010, and the status of the UN climate change process.

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World Bank Responds to Civil Society Questions Live [viewed]

25 May 2010: The World Bank's programme manager for climate change, Kseniya Lvovsky, will respond to live questions from the audience on 27 May 2010 at 10:00 AM EST.

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Italy Contributes to Benefit Sharing Fund of Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources [viewed]

21 May 2010: Italy announced a contribution of 1.2 million euros to the benefit sharing scheme managed by the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, a multilateral environmental agreement (MEA) established under the framework of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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GCOS and WCRP Call for Strengthening Collaboration on Climate Data Records [viewed]

12 May 2010: In a joint letter to worldwide organizations, the Directors of the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) are asking for support to international expert groups involved in scientific analysis, inter-comparison and review of climate data records.

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New UNFCCC Executive Secretary Appointed [viewed]

17 May 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Christiana Figueres, a Costa Rican diplomat, as Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, to replace Yvo de Boer on 1 July 2010.

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World Telecommunication and Information Society Day Celebrated [viewed]

17 May 2010: In a message to mark World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged fully using the potential of telecommunication and information technologies to improve life-saving services, promote sustainable development and foster international peace.

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UNDP Launches Photo Contest "Picture This: We Can End Poverty" [viewed]

14 May 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with Olympus Corporation and the Agence France-Presse (AFP) Foundation, launched a photo contest titled "Picture This: We Can End Poverty." The competition will feature work carried out in various countries to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 to demonstrate how ordinary people around the world are addressing their most pressing development challenges.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses UN Association of Canada [viewed]

12 May 2010: UN Secretary-General addressed the UN Association of Canada in Ottawa on 12 May 2010, focusing on peacekeeping and climate change. On the latter, while underlining that "we are running out of time," Secretary-General Ban underlined that there is hope because climate change has become a top priority for world leaders.

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