Announcement / Statement

UNSG Calls for Private Investment in Climate, Energy [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon24 April 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit, asking for the private sector's help in tackling climate change and advancing sustainable development. 

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Ramsar, Conservation International Enhance Cooperation [viewed]

15 April 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) and Conservation International (CI) have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) on the sidelines of the 46th meeting of the Ramsar Standing Committee to provide a framework for future cooperation.

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UN Prepares for 2014 SIDS Conference [viewed]

9 April 2013: Preparations for the 2014 International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are underway, beginning with a planning mission led by Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, to Apia, Samoa, where the Conference will take place.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Environmental Protection [viewed]

3 April 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed sustainable development, climate change and protection of the marine environment in remarks in Monaco, on 3 April 2013, on the occasion of the principality's 20th anniversary of UN membership.

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Global LEAP Accepting Nominations for Off-Grid LED Lighting Appliances [viewed]

3 April 2013: The Clean Energy Ministerial's (CEM) Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) has announced it is accepting nominations for the first round of its Outstanding Off-Grid Product Awards, which will cover six categories of affordable, super-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) room lighting appliances.

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C3E Soliciting Nominations for Women in Clean Energy Awards [viewed]

2 April 2013: The US Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) initiative has announced it is accepting nominations for its US C3E awards, which will honor mid-career achievements of women in clean energy.

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IPCC Calls for Review of Draft WGII Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report [viewed]

IPCC25 March 2013: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has announced that the review period for expert and government review of the second order draft of the contribution of Working Group II (WGII) to its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) will run from 28 March-24 May 2013.

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Afghanistan Joins Kyoto Protocol [viewed]

25 March 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Afghanistan is the 192th country or regional economic integration organization to deposit its instrument of ratification or accession to the Kyoto Protocol.

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First International Day of Forests Celebrated [viewed]

21 March 2013: A number of high-level officials have issued statements in celebration of the first-ever International Day of Forests, including the UN Secretary-General, and the Heads of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).

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Outreach Materials Released in Support of First International Day of Forests [viewed]

21 March 2013: A number of organizations have developed and released outreach and communications materials in support of the first International Day of Forests, an event to be held annually on 21 March. The materials focus on the key messages presented by the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) with regards to: forests and air; water; biodiversity; land; forests and resilience to natural disasters; forests as a key part of the climate change solution; healthy forests, healthy people; and forests are our livelihoods, wealth.

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