Announcement / Statement

UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner Becomes Polar Cub's Patron [viewed]

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29 May 2008: The UN Environment

Programme's (UNEP) Executive Director, Achim Steiner, has become the official

patron of Flocke, a polar bear cub in Germany's Nuremberg zoo. At the recent ninth Conference of Parties

to Convention on Biological Diversity, which convened in Bonn, Germany, Steiner

said, “I hope a global green economy can be implemented in [Flocke's] lifetime.  

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CBD Highlights Biodiversity as the Missing Link for Mitigating Climate Change [viewed]

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June 2008: During World Environment Day celebrations in Montreal, Canada, the

Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Ahmed

Djoghlaf, stressed that biodiversity is “part and parcel of any viable

long-term response to addressing the climate-change challenges facing mankind”

and that the effective and coordinated implementation of the three Rio

conventions is the new multilateral response for achieving lasting peace,

shared prosperity and sustainable future.

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UNESCO Director-General Urges Urgent Action on Climate Change [viewed]

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5 June 2008:

Speaking on the occasion of World Environment Day 2008, on 5 June 2008,

Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and

Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said that this year's slogan, “CO2: Kick the

Habit! Towards a Low

Carbon Economy,” reminds the international community of its duty to strive for

a carbon and climate-neutral society. He stressed that there is sufficient knowledge

on the nature, scope and impact of environmental degradation and climate change

to warrant urgent action.

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Third African Ministerial Conference on Financing for Development to Discuss Climate Change and the MDGs [viewed]

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June 2008: The Third African Ministerial Conference on Financing for Development will be held in Kigali, Rwanda, from 12-13 June 2008. Discussions will focus on the

theme “Climate Change, an additional challenge for meeting the MDGs in Africa.”

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UNGA President-Elect to Prioritize Climate Change [viewed]

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4 June 2008: Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann (Nicaragua) was elected on

4 June 2008 to serve as President of the 63rd Session of the UN General

Assembly (UNGA), which will begin on 16 September 2008.

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UNIDO: Economic Growth and Climate Change Mitigation Two Parts of the Same Whole [viewed]

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5 June 2008: Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General of the UN

Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), emphasized low-emissions economic

development as an element of the solution to climate change in his statement to

commemorate World Environment Day on 5 June.

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ILO Initiative to Aid Transition to Green Business [viewed]

5 June

2008: The International Labour Organization (ILO) rolled out its Green Jobs

Initiative, aimed at easing the transition to green business and jobs, on World

Environment Day. Speaking about the Initiative, Juan Somavia, ILO

Director-General, said “green

growth and avoiding dangerous climate change depend on greener enterprises and

green jobs.”

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UNEP Children's Painting Competition Highlights Climate Change [viewed]

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5 June 2008: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP)

International Children's Painting Competition this year was on the theme

“Climate Change: Actions We Can Take Now.”

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Renewable Energy Projects Receive UNEP Prize [viewed]

4 June 2008: Projects from Peru and Lao People's Democratic

Republic recently received the Sasakawa Prize, a prestigious award from the UN

Environment Programme (UNEP). The Prize,

which aims to incentivize sustainable and replicable grassroots environmental

efforts, focused this year on “moving towards a low carbon economy.”

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UNDP and Japan Announce US$92 Million for Adaptation in Africa [viewed]

29 May 2008: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Japan announced a new $92 million initiative to help Africa adapt to global warming.

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