Announcement / Statement

UN Praises China's Work on Disaster Recovery [viewed]

© UN22 April 2009: On a visit to China, John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, praised the nation's disaster preparedness and recovery efforts, as the first anniversary of the Wenchuan earthquake nears.

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UN Secretary-General Praises Malta's Role in Keeping Climate Change High on Global Political Agenda [viewed]

© UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon21 April 2009: On the occasion of the unveiling of the Climate Change Monument at the International Maritime Law Institute in Valletta, Malta, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted Malta's contributions in fighting climate change.

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UNEP Executive Director Discusses Global Green Economy [viewed]

© UNEP20 April 2009: Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), discussed the Green Economy in a speech delivered at a university in Tel Aviv, Israel. He addressed the way technological opportunities in resource efficient, low carbon and environmentally-friendly products and processes move from ideas onto commercialization, noting the power of the market as arbiter of what society wants and needs. He stressed the role of government in “shaping and focusing markets” to deliver benefits and long-term goals.

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UN Secretary-General Proposes New Multilateralism to Address Climate Change [viewed]

© UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon17 April 2009: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at a colloquium at Princeton University, US, on “The Imperative for a New Multilateralism,” in which he proposed focusing on securing global public goods, including global financial and economic stability, a major push against poverty, restoring peace and stability, addressing climate change, advancing global health, countering terrorism, and ensuring disarmament and non-proliferation.

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UN Deputy Secretary-General Calls for Renewed Partnership to Tackle Food, Energy and Climate Crises [viewed]

© UN16 April 2009: In a lecture delivered at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, on 16 April 2009, UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro addressed “Forging a Renewed Partnership for Development.”

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Addressing the Health Impacts of Alternatives to Fossil Fuels [viewed]

16 April 2009: In a message to the 18th International Conference on Health and Environment, which took place in New York, US, from 15 16 April 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged adopting policies that promote health benefits to help tackle climate change and food insecurity.

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UN Secretary-General to Receive Honoris Causa Doctorate in Recognition of Contribution to Raising Awareness on Climate Change [viewed]

© UN15 April 2009: The UN Secretary-General has announced that he will be travelling to Valletta, Malta, on 21 April 2009, where he will meet with the President and Prime Minister before addressing the country's parliament.

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Adaptation Fund Organizes Logo Competition [viewed]

14 April 2009: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) has opened a logo competition to provide the Fund with its own outlook and increase public consciousness about its existence and on-going operationalization.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses Green Growth in Korean Herald Op-Ed [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon13 April 2009: In an op-ed column published in the Korean Herald, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that this year presents the opportunity to address “the two most vexing challenges of our time,” namely climate change and the economic crisis, at the same time. He explained that solutions to address climate change can catalyze green growth, the foundation for long-term economic prosperity.

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UNEP Announces World Environment Day [viewed]

© UNEP13 April 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced that North American celebrations for World Environment Day, observed annually on 5 June, will be hosted in Omaha, Nebraska. Mexico City, the capital of Mexico, will serve as the international host city for this year's World Environment Day, whose theme is “Your Planet Needs You – UNite to Combat Climate Change,” and which seeks to encourage nations to reach agreement in Copenhagen in December 2009.

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