Announcement / Statement

General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim urges a global alliance for action [viewed]

Srgjan_kerim Speaking in advance of the UN General Assembly's thematic debate on climate change, General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim called for a “common vision, a global consensus, a global alliance for action.”

President Kerim said “our aim is to support that process” and to keep up the momentum created by the Bali roadmap.

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UN/ISDR says China's freak snowstorms are ‘the new normal' [viewed]

SalvanoResponding to the recent storms in China, Sálvano Briceño, Director of the Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), said “the unprecedented scale, cost, and human impacts of China's freak month of snowstorms, its worst in 50 years, herald a need for the world to get ready for new kinds of disasters.”

 

Briceño said “the intensifying effect of climate change on weather, combined with global trends of rapid urbanization and environmental degradation, will lead to ever more complex disasters involving more and more people, and particularly affecting the poor.

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CIFOR announces Forest Day 2 for December 2008, Poznan, Poland. [viewed]

Ciforlogo_2CIFOR is planning to co-host Forest Day 2 in collaboration with partner organizations in the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), coinciding with UNFCCC COP-14.

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ITTO to host International Expert Meeting to Address Climate Change through the Sustainable Management of Tropical Forests [viewed]

Head_logoThe International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) will convene an International Expert Meeting from 30 April-2 May in Yokohama, Japan, to promote the role of tropical forests and their sustainable management in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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EU Presidency and UN Secretary-General Identify Climate Change as Common Priority [viewed]

0125_pv_bankimoonA meeting between the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia and President of the European Council, Janez Janša, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon identified climate change as a common priority between the two Organizations.

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UNEP announces 2008 Champions of the Earth Award Winners [viewed]

Insertimage_unepUNEP has announced the winners of the 2008 Champions of the Earth award for spearheading initiatives in many different areas, from environmental policy to cutting-edge research, with a particular focus on sustainable development and the fight against climate change.

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IFAD to discuss climate and agriculture with Saudi officials [viewed]

Ifad_pinkSpeaking prior to a meeting with key government officials in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, IFAD Assistant President Matthew Wyatt said the “urgent new challenges such as climate change, a precarious global food supply and rising commodity prices,” make our long and successful partnership more crucial than ever.

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UNEP Executive Director speaks to European Parliament about Bali Road Map, REDD and Adaptation [viewed]

Achim_steinerIn a speech to Members of the European Parliament, Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), stressed the urgency of addressing the impacts of climate change on water resources.

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UNESCO to Launch International Year of Planet Earth [viewed]

Logostart_2 Koïchiro Matsuura, UNESCO's Director-General, will officially launch the International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE) during ceremonies on 12-13 February 2008 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France.

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CBD Executive Secretary outlines cooperation on climate change with Ramsar [viewed]

 

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In a statement on World Wetlands Day, the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Ahmed Djoghlaf, highlighted that the CBD Secretariat is cooperating with the Ramsar Secretariat for the CBD COP-9 review of opportunities for further action to support the conservation and sustainable use of the biodiversity of wetlands in relation to climate change.

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