Announcement / Statement

UNGA Second Committee Considers Sustainable Urban Development, Strengthening UN-HABITAT [viewed]

1 November 2012: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee considered issues relevant to the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), including discussion of two reports, in a meeting on 1 November 2012, in New York, US. Joan Clos, Executive Director, UN-HABITAT, said the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development (Habitat III) in 2016 should reinvigorate sustainable urban development commitments and produce a political outcome document.

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EU DG-Environment Warns of Seagrass Decline, Carbon Dioxide Releases [viewed]

25 October 2012: A news alert released by the EU Directorate-General of the Environment (DG-Environment) explores the annual average global annual decline of seagrass beds by 1.5% since 1900, which is now accelerating, noting they are an important carbon sink.

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UN Rapporteur Addresses Agrofuel Impacts on the Right to Food [viewed]

17 October 2012: Addressing a range of questions on the relationship between agrofuel and food, Oliver De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, described the impacts of biofuels on food prices, food security and land concentration, and ways that the EU and other States could sustainably regulate biofuels in the future.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Presents an Overview of Global and Domestic Action on Climate Change [viewed]

24 October 2012: As part of the Lowy Lecture Series in Sydney, Australia, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), delivered a speech titled “Global Action on climate change: How the world is responding to the challenge,” in which she sought to correct misconceptions about international and domestic actions to address climate change.

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UNESCO IOC Executive Secretary Issues Statement on Risks of Geo-Engineering [viewed]

UNESCO IOC23 October 2012: Following the recent communication to the general public of a large-scale climate engineering experiment carried out in July 2012, Wendy Watson-Wright, Assistant Director General and Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has issued a response.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Calls on Countries to Move Towards Implementation [viewed]

22 October 2012: Addressing participants to the pre-COP 18 Ministerial meeting on climate change held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres highlighted that the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18), to be held in Doha, Qatar, at the end of 2012, provides an opportunity to make a global intervention that "wedges itself between a scientific fact and a widely-held misperception" that the climate change process is ineffective and stuck. 

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Calls for Multilateral Solution to Climate Change [viewed]

Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary18 October 2012: Addressing the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), presented progress made in the climate negotiations and urged acceleration towards a new low-carbon paradigm, stressing the crucial roles of the multilateral process and private sector engagement in such a transformation.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Calls for a New Low-Carbon Paradigm [viewed]

15 October 2012: Addressing the 16th Annual Chatham House Conference on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), provided an overview of progress made in the climate negotiations and outlined the way forward, elaborating upon proposed approaches for enhancing ambition and mobilizing the private sector.

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International Day for Disaster Reduction Underscores Importance of Women and Girls [viewed]

International Day for Disaster Reduction - 13 October 201212 October 2012: The UN commemorated the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) on 13 October 2012, under the theme of “Women and Girls: The [in]Visible Force of Resilience,” which sought to highlight the need for women and girls to be at the forefront of reducing disaster risk and managing disaster responses.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Outlines "What is Being Done" on Climate Change [viewed]

Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary8 October 2012: Delivering a lecture titled “Is anything being done on climate change?” at the Central Bank of Barbados in Bridgetown, Barbados, Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, conveyed three messages, namely that: climate change is happening; the world is doing something about it, "not enough, but we are walking in the right direction;" and much more can be done at the national level.

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