Announcement / Statement

UN Secretary-General on President Obama's Inauguration: Towards a New Era of Strong Partnership [viewed]

21 January 2009: In a statement issued in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated Barack Obama on his inauguration as US President. He underlined that, increasingly, the challenges faced by the community of nations are global in scope and require collective responses, citing, inter alia, climate change, the food and energy crises, and human development.

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Documentary on the UN Calls for Global Efforts to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

Kiyotaka Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information

21 January 2009: A new documentary on the work of the UN entitled “Planet UN” had its world premiere at the Organization's Headquarters in New York, US. The film calls for unprecedented and concerted global efforts to confront threats such as the food, energy and financial crises, climate change and nuclear threats.

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CBD Secretariat Invites Nominations for AHTEG on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

19 January 2009: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited parties to nominate experts for the second meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on biodiversity and climate change, to be held from 18-22 April 2009, in Helsinki, Finland. 

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Climate Change, Energy and Food Security UNU Website Wins Best Design Award [viewed]

UN University Internet blogging site wins industry acclaim with best design award

16 January 2009: The UN University (UNU) “World 2.0” blog has been awarded the prize for the best designed site by the world's largest Internet blog competition.

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CGIAR's CIAT to Create Digital Map of Africa's Depleted Soils to Enhance Food Production and Cope with Climate Change [viewed]

African Soil Information Service (AfSIS). Photo credit, Dr Peter Okoth/TSBF-CIAT

13 January 2009: The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), will produce a detailed digital soil map of 42 sub-Saharan countries. The project, named the African Soil Information Service (AfSIS), will provide information necessary to overcome soil depletion and improve crop production through better soil management.

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Czech EU Presidency Outlines Actions for Climate Protection [viewed]

Czech Presidency of the EU Council

6 January 2009: The Czech Republic, as is customary for the presiding country of the EU, has introduced the priorities and work programme for its six month Presidency, which will take place from January-June 2009.

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UN Secretary-General: Climate Change is the “One True Existential Threat to Our Planet” [viewed]

UN Press Release

12 January 2009: In his first press conference of the year, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that 2009 is “the year of climate change.” He stressed that the climate change summit in Copenhagen is only 11 months away and indicated that he would engage world leaders on the key issues in the negotiations, beginning later this month at the World Economic Forum in Davos and working toward a high-level meeting on the margins of the general debate in September.

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WMO: Despite Cold Winter in Europe, the Major Trend is Warming [viewed]

Global warming continues, despite cold snap 9 January 2009: The Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Michel Jarraud, told journalists that, despite the current cold winter in Europe, the major trend remains one of warming.

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UNEP Champion of the Earth Prince Albert II Begins Antarctic Expedition [viewed]

 Prince Albert II Visits Antarctica to Assess the Effects of Global Warming 9 January 2009: Prince Albert II of Monaco has begun a month-long visit to Antarctica to assess the impact and raise awareness of climate change.

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UNHCR Warns of Climate-Induced Displacements [viewed]

High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres addresses the Security Council

8 January 2009: In an address to the UN Security Council, António Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), warned of new forms of displacement, with natural disasters on the rise due to climate change.

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