Announcement / Statement

UN Marks International Women's Day with Calls to Meet the Challenges of Development [viewed]

8 March 2010: To mark International Women's Day, UN officials stressed the need for greater empowerment of women in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 and to face development challenges, including climate change.

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UNU and Viet Nam National University Sign MoU to Promote Research on Sustainable Development [viewed]

5 March 2010: During a ceremony held at the UN University (UNU) in Tokyo, Japan, Konrad Osterwalder, UNU Rector, and Mai Trong Nhuan, Viet Nam National University (VNU) President signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen collaboration in education, research on sustainable development, curriculum development and e-learning, and capacity development of staff and students.

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Members of UN Secretary-General's Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing Announced [viewed]

4 March 2010:  The 19 members of the High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing, which was set up by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in February 2010, have been announced.

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UN Secretary-General Delivers Bernard Brodie Lecture: “Green Growth Will Power the Economy of the 21st Century” [viewed]

2 March 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered the “Bernard Brodie Lecture on Conditions for Peace” at the University of California, in Los Angeles, California, US, on 2 March 2010. He noted the interconnections in today's global world, highlighting the global financial and food crises, climate change, and global terrorism.

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African Union Celebrates Environment Day Focusing on Climate Change Resilience, Biodiversity Conservation and Traditional Knowledge [viewed]

3 March 2010: The African Union Commission (AUC) commemorated Africa Environment Day under the theme “African Resilience to Climate Change: Biodiversity Conservation and Enhancing Traditional Knowledge,” in celebrations hosted by the Government of Tanzania. 

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EU Increases Funding to Neighboring Countries for Climate Projects [viewed]

2 March 2010: The EU has announced increased funding of up to EUR 2 billion, for the period 2011-2013, to reinforce political cooperation and promote economic integration between the EU and its neighbors. Funding will be used for, among other things, projects in the areas of climate change, transport, energy and environment.

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UN Secretary-General in Los Angeles to Mobilize Support for Addressing Global Issues [viewed]

1 March 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is travelling to Los Angeles, US, from 28 February-2 March 2010, to meet with members of the creative community to mobilize support for the goals and mission of the UN, including its efforts to deal with climate change, global hunger and the financial crisis. Ban's travels are carried out under the framework of the Creative Community Outreach Initiative (CCOI), a collaboration of the UN with the entertainment industry on a number of projects that aims to raise the profile of critical global issues in partnership with the international film and television industries.

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IPCC Chair Issues Statement on Establishment of Independent Committee to Review IPCC Procedures [viewed]

27 February 2010: Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has issued a statement on the establishment of an independent committee to review IPCC Procedures.

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ILO Director-General Highlights Green Jobs as a Means of Achieving and Sustaining an Employment-Based Recovery [viewed]

26 February 2010: Addressing a panel discussion on "Achieving and Sustaining an Employment-Based Recovery: US and Global Strategies for Governments, Businesses, Workers and Families," at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, US, on 26 February 2010, Juan Somavia, International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General, highlighted green jobs as a means of addressing the risk of a prolonged jobs crisis with wide social and political repercussions.

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Ramsar Secretariat and World Bank to Collaborate on Climate Change Projects in Wetlands [viewed]

16 February 2010: Anada Tiéga, Ramsar Secretary General, and Hartwig Schafer, Acting Vice President, Sustainable Development Network, World Bank, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that aims to “establish a framework of cooperation between Ramsar and the World Bank in exchange of technical expertise and capacity building related to the development and implementation of climate change projects in wetlands in the context of the World Bank-financed climate change portfolio.”

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