Announcement / Statement

UNCCD Sets Theme for 2014 World Day to Combat Desertification [viewed]

UNCCD logo19 November 2013: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced that, on 17 June 2014, the World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) will focus on the theme of ecosystem-based adaptation and take place under the slogan 'Land belongs to the future, let's climate proof it!' 

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UN Secretary-General Reflects on Science, Technology, Innovation in Sustainable Development [viewed]

United Nations18 November 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the roles that science, technology and innovation play in promoting progress and peace, ranging "from climate change to public health; from food security to sanitation; from disarmament to disaster preparedness.”

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary to Coal Industry: Transform and Diversify [viewed]

Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary19 November 2013: Speaking to the International Coal and Climate Summit (ICCS), which met in Warsaw, Poland, from 18-19 November in parallel to the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, said the coal industry “can and must radically transform and diversify” to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

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CBD Secretariat Invites Parties' Submissions on Geo-Engineering-Related Measures [viewed]

CBD12 November 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited parties to submit information on any measures they have undertaken to ensure that no climate-related geo-engineering activities that may affect biodiversity take place, and to address the exception for small-scale scientific research studies contained in CBD Decision X/33, subparagraph 8(w) on geo-engineering.

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AfDB Facilitates Nearly US$65 Million in Investment into Africa Renewable Energy Fund [viewed]

AfDB13 November 2013: The African Development Bank's (AfDB) Board of Directors has approved a US$25 million equity investment in the Bank's Africa Renewable Energy Fund (AREF), which has been supplemented by further partner investments of US$39.5 million. The fund aims to demonstrate and catalyze the viability of Africa's renewable energy potential to investors.

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UN, World Bank, EU Pledge Support to Sahel [viewed]

un-worldbank8 November 2013: Development leaders traveled to the Sahel region in Africa to discuss governance, resilience, peace and security with the leaders of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali and Niger. During the trip, from 4-8 November 2013, the World Bank and EU announced over US$8 billion in investments to boost economic growth and tackle poverty in the region.

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UN Secretary-General Launches SE4ALL Energy Efficiency Hub [viewed]

United Nations23 October 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) opened a new global center for Energy Efficiency  as part of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative. The Energy Efficiency Hub (EE Hub), in Copenhagen, Denmark, will seek to help “drastically increase” energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy deployment.

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World Food Day Focuses on Sustainable Food Systems [viewed]

word-food-day-201316 October 2013: Organizations and communities globally celebrated World Food Day on 16 October 2013, under the theme 'Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition.' World Food Day is celebrated in 150 countries and is held on the anniversary of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in 1945.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Greater Financial Investment in Climate Change [viewed]

idfc13 October 2013: Addressing the annual meeting of the International Development Finance Club in Washington D.C, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for greater financial investment in climate change and stressed the role of the private sector. 

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GCF Adopts Roadmap for Climate Change Resources Mobilization [viewed]

Green Climate Fund (GCF)11 October 2013: During its fifth meeting, the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) developed a roadmap aimed at raising financial resources for the Fund to support developing countries in their efforts to address climate change.

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