Announcement / Statement

IPCC Enters Second Stage of Review of Fifth Assessment Report [viewed]

IPCC5 October 2012: The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is inviting member governments to comment on second order drafts of its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), in the latest stage of its multi-stage review process.

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Leaders Express Hope for Climate Action at UNFCCC COP18 [viewed]

1 October 2012: On the final day of the High-level Debate of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), world leaders called for urgent action to address climate change while expressing hope for progress at the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC, taking place in November-December this year.

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UNGA High-level Debate Calls for Increased Action on Climate Change [viewed]

27 September 2012: World leaders speaking during the third day of the High-level Debate of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) have highlighted the need for urgent action on climate change and called for greater commitment to climate change mitigation and adaptation. 

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IEA and UNFCCC to Collaborate to Improve Climate Data and Analysis [viewed]

26 September 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to reinforce mutual efforts to promote clean energy and combat climate change.

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UNGA High-level Debate Calls for Cooperation on Climate Change [viewed]

25 September 2012: During the opening of the High-level Debate of the 67th session UN General Assembly (UNGA), several speakers called for global cooperation to address climate change. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said “action on climate change remains a major piece of unfinished business.”

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WMO Reports Arctic Sea Ice Is at a Record Low [viewed]

WMO21 September 2012: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported preliminary findings from the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), which indicate that the Arctic sea ice minimum extent for 2012 was 3.41 million square kilometers, the lowest seasonal minimum extent since satellite records started back in 1979.

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IDB Buildings Earn LEED Green Building Certification [viewed]

IDBAugust 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Headquarters buildings in Washington, DC, US and its Country Office located in San Jose, Costa Rica have obtained Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification as environmentally sustainable structures. 

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International Ozone Day Marks Montreal Protocol's 25th Anniversary [viewed]

UNEP16 September 2012: The Secretariat of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Montreal Protocol) celebrated the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer on 16 September 2012. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) marked the Day with the release of a newsletter titled “Protecting Our Atmosphere for Generations to Come: 25 Years of the Montreal Protocol.”

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Adaptation Fund Board Authorizes CERs Sales to the UNFCCC [viewed]

Adaptation Fund14 September 2012: Responding to an expression of interest from the UNFCCC Secretariat to purchase certified emission reductions (CERs) directly from the Adaptation Fund to meet offset and other needs of the Secretariat, the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) has taken an intersessional decision authorizing such sales.

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New CIFOR Director General Takes Office [viewed]

12 September 2012: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has announced that Peter Holmgren, former Director of the Climate, Energy and Tenure Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), has taken office as its new Director General.

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