Announcement / Statement

Marking International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, WMO Highlights State of the Ozone Layer, Links to Climate Change [viewed]

The ozone hole of 2008 is larger than in 2007 16 September 2008: Marking International Day for the

Preservation of the Ozone Layer, which was celebrated on 16 September 2008, the

World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released data showing that the ozone

hole is already larger in 2008 than it was in 2007, emphasized that the need

for continued ozone measurements to monitor the ozone hole, and highlighted the

Montreal Protocol's climate benefits.

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CBD Executive Secretary Stresses Synergies among Environmental Agreements on International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer [viewed]

Message from Ahmed Djoghlaf Executive Secretary CBD, on the Occasion of the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 16 September 2008: On the occasion of the International Day

for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of

the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), noted the success that the

Montreal Protocol has achieved through international cooperation.

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WFP, FAO, IFAD and World Bank Urge EU to Provide Assistance to Ease Global Food Crisis [viewed]

Josette Sheeran, WFP's Executive Director 15 September 2008: Leaders of the Rome-based UN agencies,

the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), World Food Programme

(WFP) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), together with

the World Bank, presented a common statement to the European Parliament's

Development Committee, urging it to take the lead in providing assistance to

help farmers cope with surging food and commodity prices.

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European Parliament Calls for Increasing the Global Alliance Against Climate Change's Budget [viewed]

16 September 2008: The European Parliament's Development Committee has adopted a report arguing that the budget proposed by the European Commission to help developing countries fight climate change is not enough, and suggesting that the Global Climate Change Alliance should receive at least 25% of the revenue of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Global Solution to Climate Change Crisis [viewed]

15 September 2008: Noting that media interest in climate

change issues has been fading since the release of the Intergovernmental Panel

on Climate Change's Fourth Assessment Report in November 2008, UN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the importance of cooperation among

all sectors of society to tackle this challenge.

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UN Secretary-General Rides Solar-Powered Car to UN Headquarters [viewed]

Secretary-Genetral Ban-Ki moon driven to work by Solartaxi, a fully solar powered car. UN Photo/Mark Garten 12 September 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon rode a

“Solartaxi,” a fully solar-powered car, from his home in New York to UN

Headquarters, as part of his efforts to raise awareness of climate change and

promote environmentally-friendly technologies.

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European Commission Launches Call for Tenders to Establish a CCS Project Network in Europe [viewed]

11 September 2008: The European Commission has launched a call for tenders for an external service provider to assist in establishing and running a network of projects to demonstrate the use of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology in power plants.

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Developed Countries to Lead the Global Warming Initiative [viewed]

Ban encourages new graduates to have global perspective on today's challenges 10 September 2008: In a speech at Fairleigh Dickinson University, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki moon outlined the challenges of the world today, including climate change, the food and energy crises, and the fear of a global financial crisis.

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Lecture by Yvo de Boer: “The need for global low-emissions economic development” at Korea Green Foundation [viewed]

Lecture by Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary<br /> United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change “The need for global low-emissions economic development”

9 September 2008: In a lecture given at the Korea Green

Foundation, in Seoul, Republic of Korea, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, provided an overview of climate change science and the state-of-play of negotiations under the Bali

Road Map. Noting that the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol will

end in 2012 and that science predicts warming will happen faster than

previously thought, he called for international action to combat climate change

to be “stepped up significantly.”

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IPCC Chair Pachauri Addresses the Costs of Mitigation Actions [viewed]

8 September 2008: In an editorial published in The

Australian, Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate

Change (IPCC), highlighted that, according to the IPCC's Fourth Assessment

Report, costs of mitigation actions are not high. “In fact, one of the

scenarios assessed, which would stabilise average temperature increase in the

world to between 2C to 2.4C, would cost the world no more than 3 per cent of

the global GDP in 2030,” he writes.

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