Announcement / Statement

UN Secretary-General: Climate Change Increases Urgency to Implement Hyogo Framework [viewed]

Ban Ki-Moon. The Secretary-General of United Nations Message on the International Day for Disaster Reduction 8 October 2008: On the occasion of the International Day for

Disaster Reduction, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted the greater

incidence of disasters in 2008 and called for increased action to “turn

commitments on paper into deeds” and implement the 2005 Hyogo Framework for

Action.

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UNCCD Executive Secretary Calls for Global Partnership Towards Effective Disaster Reduction [viewed]

UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja 8 October 2008: In a statement to mark the International Day

of Disaster Reduction, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja highlighted that action on climate change

mitigation and adaptation must consider managing risks to drought in a global

coordinated approach, and said the Hyogo Framework for action is a platform to

achieve these considerations.

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UN Officials Mark World Habitat Day Urging that Urbanization Should Not Come at Expense of Environment [viewed]

Urbanization must not come at expense of environment, say UN officials 6 October 2008: Top UN officials marked World Habitat Day by

drawing attention to the need to raise awareness of the problems of rapid

urbanization, its impact on the environment and the challenges of rising urban

poverty. The UN has designated the first Monday in October each year as World

Habitat Day, to reflect on the state of towns and cities and the basic right to

adequate shelter for all. This year, Luanda, Angola, led the observance of the

celebration, which focused on the theme “Harmonious Cities.”

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World Bank Highlights Increased Funding for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects [viewed]

2 October 2008: The World Bank has announced an 87% increase in funding for renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) projects and programmes in developing countries in the past fiscal year.

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Winners of the 2008 Equator Prize Announced: Special Recognition for Community Approaches in Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

Equator Initiative selects winners for global biodiversity conservation Prize

1 October 2008: The UN-backed Equator Initiative has

announced the 25 winners of the Equator Prize 2008, which recognizes

exceptional leadership in slashing poverty through conservation and sustainable

biodiversity efforts.

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Global Forum for Sport and Environment Focuses on Climate Change [viewed]

Global Forum for Sport and Environment (G-ForSE) October 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), with the

Global Sports Alliance of Japan and Volvo, hosted the 2008 Global Forum for

Sport and Environment in Alicante, Spain, from 4-6 October 2008.

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UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Underlines Climate Change's Exacerbating Effects on the Food Crisis [viewed]

John Holmes, USG for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

1 October 2008: In an editorial column published on 30

September 2008 in the Washington Times, John Holmes, UN Under-Secretary-General

for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, stressed the urgent

need for a Green Revolution in Africa to deal, inter alia, with the challenges

of climate change and the food and oil crises.

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CDM Executive Board Calls for Comments on “Elaboration of CDM Accreditation Requirements” [viewed]

29 September 2008: The Executive Board of the Clean

Development Mechanism (CDM) has launched a call for public comments on the

draft document “Elaboration of CDM Accreditation Requirements,” from 29

September 2008 to 27 October 2008.

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World Bank Climate Investment Funds Receive Pledges for US$ 6.1 Billion [viewed]

Donor Nations Pledge Over $6.1 Billion to Climate Investment Funds

26 September 2008: Leading industrialized nations met at the

World Bank, and pledged more than US$6.1 billion to the recently created World

Bank Climate Investment Funds (CIF).

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UN's Role in Climate Change Recognized [viewed]

Nicholas Haysom, Director for Political Affairs in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General

29 September 2008: Nicholas Haysom, Director for Political

Affairs in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, and Robert Orr, one

of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's top aides, highlighted during a news

conference that the role of the UN and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in global

crises is increasingly recognized.

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