Announcement / Statement

UN Secretary General Discusses Climate Change Corporate Initiatives with Indian Business Leaders [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers the Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture 30 October 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held a

meeting in New Delhi, India, with leading Indian business leaders and Rajendra

Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Director-

General of TERI, to discuss the corporate initiatives undertaken by the TERI

Business Council to reduce the impact of climate change.

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UNCCD Executive Secretary Highlights Nexus between Land Degradation and Climate Change [viewed]

Combating desertification could help tackle other global crises – UN official

29 October 2008: Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN

Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) told a news conference at UN

Headquarters, NY, US, that “the nexus between land degradation and climate

change is clear,” with global warming being likely to lead to more extreme

weather events, which could lead to soil erosion and loss of land cover.

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CDM Board Releases Public Inputs on Elaboration of CDM Accreditation Requirements [viewed]

Elaboration of CDM Accreditation Requirements 29 October 2008: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)

Board, at its 42nd meeting on 24-26 September 2008, in Bonn, Germany, decided

to make the draft document of “Elaboration of CDM Accreditation Requirements”

as contained annex 1 of the 26th progress report of the CDM-Accreditation

Panel, available for public comment from 29 September 2008 to 27 October 2008.

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UN Secretary-General: Financial Crisis Could “Eclipse the Global Effort to Address Climate Change” [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's address at the University of Philippines

29 October 2008: In a speech delivered at the University of

Philippines, in Manila, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon indicated that his

“most immediate concern” was that the financial crisis could “eclipse the

global effort to address climate change.” He noted that, while developing

countries face the same pressures as the US and Europe, they lack the resources

to tackle the crisis.

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UN Secretary-General at UN Day Concert: How Can We Afford Not to Tackle Climate Change? [viewed]

Leadership, Partnership Crucial in Creating Safer, More Prosperous World, Says Secretary-General in Remarks at United Nations Day Concert.

27 October 2008: In a speech delivered on 24 October 2008,

in New York, US, at the concert for UN Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

welcomed Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, who were performing, as well as

the Heads of UN agencies and programmes who had gathered for the biannual

meeting of the UN System Chief Executives Board.

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UN Issues Stamps on Global Warming [viewed]

UN Issues Stamps on Global Warming 23 October 2008: The UN has issued an international postage

stamp set and informational booklet about global warming, exclusively using

photographs from Gary Braasch's book “Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming is

Changing the World.” The publication is part of the UN's “Year of Planet Earth”

environmental focus.

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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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