Announcement / Statement

GEF SGP Projects in Namibia and Sri Lanka Highlighted by UNFCCC Momentum for Change Initiative [viewed]

11 February 2013: Climate-related projects implemented in Namibia and Sri Lanka, and supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP), were two of nine projects highlighted by the "Momentum for Change" initiative during the December 2012 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations held in Doha, Qatar. The initiative, organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat, highlights positive developments in climate change adaptation and mitigation that have the potential to be replicated elsewhere.

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UN Secretary-General Warns Against the “Gathering Threat of Climate Change” [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General11 February 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered the Sorensen Distinguished Lecture on the UN at the Council on Foreign Relations, focusing on the crisis in Syria and the "threat of climate catastrophe." He noted that science has "long sounded the alarm" on “the gathering threat of climate change,” warning against projected increases of extreme weather events, development reversals, forced displacements, and tensions over resources.

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CDM Launches Calls for Experts for Panels and Working Groups [viewed]

UNFCCC11 February 2012: The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has launched five calls for experts to act as members of its panels, working groups and teams.

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Adaptation Fund Board Chair Calls on Donors to Support Adaptation Efforts [viewed]

Adaptation Fund4 February 2013: In the context of declining revenue for the Adaptation Fund, the newly elected Chair of the Adaptation Fund Board, Hans Olav Ibrekk (Norway), has called on donors to fill in the funding gap with voluntary contributions.

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IPCC Undertakes Expert Review of First Draft of Guidance on GHG Emissions from LULUCF [viewed]

IPCCFebruary 2013: The first order draft review by experts of the “Draft 2013 Revised Supplementary Methods and Good Practice Guidance Arising from the Kyoto Protocol,” developed by the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories (TFI) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), ended on 3 February 2013. The guidance is expected to be finalized by October 2013.

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IPCC Calls for Review of Second Draft of Wetlands Supplement for GHG Inventory Guidelines [viewed]

IPCC31 January 2013: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued a call for government and expert review of the second order draft of its “2013 Supplement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories: Wetlands,” known as the Wetlands Supplement.

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UNDP Administrator Stresses Linkages Between Health and Human Development [viewed]

31 January 2013: In a lecture titled “Empowered Lives; Resilient Nations: Why Health Matters to Human Development,” UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark called for broad, innovative partnerships between development and health practitioners to achieve global health goals. 

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World Bank President Urges World Economic Forum to Make Climate a Top Priority [viewed]

World Bank24 January 2013: In an op-ed appearing in The Washington Post, Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group, underscored that climate change should be at the top of the agenda at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, warning economic leaders that continued inaction “imperils all of the development gains we have made."

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UN Secretary-General Outlines Ways to Advance Sustainable Development [viewed]

17 January 2013: In a lecture delivered at Stanford University, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described the current state of the world and "the future we must shape together." He outlined three ways to navigate our way through this "Great Transition," namely by advancing sustainable development, helping people meet their aspirations for democracy and dignity, and empowering women and young people.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Calls for a Faster Shift to a Low-carbon Economy [viewed]

16 January 2013: In an address to the World Future Energy Summit, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres urged the creation of a workable future energy mix that meets the world population's needs without increasing vulnerability.

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