Announcement / Statement

ESCAP Executive Secretary: Political Will Needed for Asia-Pacific to Switch to a “Virtuous Cycle of Sustainable Energy” [viewed]

UN Under-Secretary-General Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific 17 October 2008: Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), gave a presentation at a discussion entitled “Securing Asia's Energy Future” held by the Asia Society, in New York, US, on 16 October.

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Countries Selected for World Bank's Climate Investment Funds' Governing Bodies [viewed]

17 October 2008: Two sets of seven donor countries and seven potential recipient countries have been selected to serve on the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) Trust Fund Committee and the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) Trust Fund Committee, respectively, to oversee the decisions concerning investments and implementation of the recently created World Bank Climate Investment Funds (CIF).

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World Food Day: UN Officials Address Linkages between Hunger, Surging Food and Fuel Prices and Climate Change [viewed]

World Food Day, 16 October 2008 16 October 2008: On World Food Day (WFD), the heads of UN agencies called attention to the ongoing crisis of hunger and its interrelations with climate change and rising fuel prices.

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FAO Leads Celebrations on World Food Day [viewed]

FAO Director-General confers World Food Day Medal on H.E. Suzanne Mubarak 16 October 2008: World Food Day 2008 (WFD), which was celebrated on 16 October, was marked by events around the world addressing the theme “World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy.” The main ceremony was held at UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy, including a statement by FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf (see related story), a message from Pope Benedict XVI, and a keynote speech by Egypt's First Lady Suzanne Mubarak.

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On World Food Day, CBD's Executive Secretary Addresses the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy [viewed]

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), 15 October 2008: In his message on the occasion of World Food Day, celebrated on 16 October 2008, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), stressed that “biodiversity, the foundation of all crops and domesticated livestock and the variety within them, is the basis for providing stability to agriculture.”

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Urgent Multilateral Action [viewed]

13 October 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called

for “deep and systemic” reforms based on inclusive multilateralism for a global

financial system that can better meet the challenges of the 21st century.

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UN Secretary-General: Climate Change Spares No One [viewed]

10 October 2008: In a message for UN Day, to be observed on

24 October 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that the global

threats of the 21st century, including climate change and the spread of disease

and deadly weapons, “spare no one.”

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary: Financial Crisis Could Redirect Investments to Fund “Green” Growth [viewed]

Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change 10 October 2008: In a press conference given in New York, US, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, stated that the current global market crisis could provide an opportunity for the world financial system to reconstruct itself to promote “green” growth.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary and Jeffry Sachs Discuss How to Best Address Climate Change [viewed]

A high-level discussion on the role of the Kyoto Protocol's flexible mechanisms held at Columbia University in New York

9 October 2008: At a special event at Columbia University in

New York, US, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer and economist Jeffrey

Sachs discussed whether a carbon market or carbon taxes are the best way to cut

greenhouse gas emissions.

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UNEP Children's Art Exhibit Focuses on Climate Change [viewed]

Paint for the Planet 7 October 2008: The website for ‘Paint for the Planet,'

which features climate change-themed paintings from the UN Environment

Programme's (UNEP) International Children's Painting Competition, was launched

on 7 October 2008.

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