Announcement / Statement

UNFCCC Executive Secretary: Bonn Climate Change Talks Represent “First New Opportunity for True Cooperation” [viewed]

29 March 2009: Addressing delegates at the opening of the seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 7) and the fifth meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 5) taking place in Bonn, Germany, from 29 March-8 April 2009, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, reminded them that they only have six weeks of “real negotiating time” over the next eight months to reach an ambitious agreement in Copenhagen.

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ASEM to Hold First Ministerial Conference on Energy Security [viewed]

March 2009: The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), an informal process of dialogue and cooperation bringing together the 27 EU member States and the European Commission with 16 Asian countries and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Secretariat, is organizing the First ASEM Ministerial Conference on Energy Security, to be held from 17-18 June 2009, in Brussels, Belgium.

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UNDP Commends Maldives' Intention to Become First Carbon Neutral Country [viewed]

UN Development Programme (UNDP)

17 March 2009: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has commended the announcement by President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives regarding his country's intention to become the world's first carbon neutral country within the next decade. President Nasheed noted that the commitment would be met through the implementation of an eco-plan to become carbon neutral, shifting from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

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WMO Calls Attention to Interaction between Weather Patterns, Climate and Air Quality [viewed]

World Meteorological Day 2009

23 March 2009: Every year on 23 March, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services of its 188 members commemorate the 1950 entry into force of the Convention that created the Organization, which became a Specialized Agency of the UN a year later. The theme of World Meteorological Day 2009 is “Weather, climate and the air we breathe.”

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World Water Day Observed [viewed]

 World Water Day Message from Achim Steiner

22 March 2009: On the occasion of World Water Day, which was observed on 22 March 2009, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) highlighted the potential benefits of investing in the world's freshwaters, including the potential benefits to the global economic recovery and to accelerating a response to climate change.

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UN to Observe Earth Hour [viewed]

 UNEP to observe Earth Hour in support of action on climate change

20 March 2009: With the goal of mobilizing support for a UN agreement to address climate change, the UN will observe Earth Hour on 28 March 2009 by turning off the lights at UN facilities worldwide.

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Wealthy Nations to Adopt “Green” Stimulus Packages [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

13 March 2009: On the occasion of the 31st annual Lions Day at the UN, celebrated in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon explained that he will attend the G20 Summit in April in London, UK, where he would remind leaders of the developed world of the need to fulfill their promises to the most vulnerable people and for their stimulus packages to be “green” in order to help combat climate change by including investments in clean energy, renewable energy and energy efficiency.

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FAO Underscores Role of Sustainable Forest Management in Creating New Green Jobs [viewed]

Sustainable forest management could become a means of creating millions of green jobs.

10 March 2009: In a press release, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) underscored that investing in sustainable forest management could create ten million new “green jobs,” thereby reducing poverty and protecting the environment by contributing to climate change mitigation.

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WIPO's IP Day to Focus on Green Innovation [viewed]

Intellectual Property Day 2009

March 2009: The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will focus its World Intellectual Property Day, to be celebrated on 26 April 2009, on promoting green innovation as the key to a secure future.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Recaps Meetings with US Officials [viewed]

Yvo de Boer

6 March 2009: Speaking at the noon press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York, US, Yvo de Boer reported on his recent meetings with high-level US officials in Washington, DC, US. The Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC said he had been “very encouraged” by his meetings with representatives of both Houses of Congress on the prospects for the passage of climate change legislation, as well as with senior Cabinet members. He pointed to Congress' support to set up a US cap-and-trade scheme and to provide financial support to developing countries to make the transition to a low-carbon pathway.

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