Announcement / Statement

World Bank President: New Climate Regime Depends on Recognizing Development Interests While Shifting to a Low Carbon Path [viewed]

A World in Crisis Means a Chance for Greatness - Robert B. Zoellick, President of the World Bank Group 26 October 2008: In an article published in the Washington Post newspaper, World Bank President Robert Zoellick outlines what it will take for the aspiring candidates to the US presidency to be “a 21st-century Franklin D. Roosevelt.”

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UNEP Auctions “Paint for the Planet” Paintings, Releases Children's Survey Results [viewed]

Children take to the canvas to advocate for climate change in UN campaign 26 October 2008: The UN kicked off its “UNite to Combat

Climate Change” campaign on 23 October 2008, with the “Paint for the Planet”

art exhibition. The exhibition was followed on 25 October 2008 by an auction

that raised US$21,000, which will be donated to children affected by

climate-related disasters.

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World Food Day: Leaders Urge Tackling the Roots of Interrelated Challenges of Food and Energy Security, and Climate Change [viewed]

Former US President Bill Clinton and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (2nd right) 24 October 2008: During the World Food Day observance at UN Headquarters in New York, US, celebrated on 23 October, the heads of the UN, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Clinton Global Initiative called for tackling the roots of the interrelated challenges of food security, high energy prices and climate change.

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UN Secretary-General: Turning Away from the Climate Challenge Would Be a “Double Blow” [viewed]

23 October 2008: On accepting the UN Association-New York Humanitarians of the Year Award, in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon thanked the Association for paying tribute to all the scientists, advocates and others “who have done so much at the UN to advance the climate change agenda over the years.” He underlined that turning away from the climate challenge while addressing the financial crisis would be “a double blow,” stressing the “enormous benefits” that can be drawn from making the transition to a low-carbon economy and addressing “one of the defining issues of our times.”

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Caribbean States' Vulnerability to Climate Change Stressed at UN Press Conference [viewed]

Association of Caribbean States 23 October 2008: At a press conference at UN Headquarters in

New York, US, representatives of the Association of Caribbean States said

countries of the Caribbean region were headed for “hard and difficult times”

unless they took action on climate change, with the cooperation and support of

the international community.

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UN Secretary-General and UNDP Administrator Discuss Development Issues with Eminent Economists [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (fourth from left) poses for a group photo with the world economists 23 October 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN

Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Kemal Dervis participated in an

informal discussion with five eminent economists at UN Headquarters in New

York, US, on 23 October 2008. The talks focused on the global financial crisis

and its expected impact on efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Launches CDM Photo Contest [viewed]

17 October 2008: The UNFCCC Secretariat has launched a photo

contest aimed at raising awareness of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

The contest invites digital photos of CDM projects that reflect the theme of

the contest, “CDM changing lives.”

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FAO/IAEA Highlight Role of Nuclear Technology in Developing Climate-Resilient Crops [viewed]

New Plant Varieties Developed to Thrive Despite Climate Change 19 October 2008: On World Food Day, celebrated on 18

October, the Joint UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)/International

Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Division of Nuclear techniques in Food and

Agriculture (NAFA) highlighted the role of nuclear technology in developing new

crop varieties that can withstand climate-induced external stress, such as

drought, and thereby contributing to achieving sustainable food security.

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UN Secretary General: EU's Climate Actions Could Spur “Green” Growth [viewed]

17 October 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated

that EU proposals on tackling climate change could spur “green” growth and

generate millions of new jobs.

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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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