Announcement / Statement

SPC Announces Funding for Development of Sustainable Energy in Pacific SIDS through SIDS DOCK [viewed]

18 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has announced that the Government of Denmark has provided US$4 million for the development of clean and sustainable energy in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Palau, the Marshall Islands (RMI), Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. The finance has been provided through the Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) DOCK mechanism.

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IFC Issues US$1 Billion in Green Bond Program to Climate-Friendly Projects [viewed]

14 February 2012: The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has issued US$1 billion through its Green Bond Program. As the largest finance bond scheme so far, IFC aims to engage large-scale investors from the private sector to support climate change projects in developing countries.

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General Assembly Launches International Year of Quinoa [viewed]

20 February 2013: The UN General Assembly launched the International Year of Quinoa with a High-Level Panel discussion during its plenary at UN Headquarters in New York. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Bolivian President Evo Morales and First Lady of Peru Nadine Heredia participated in the launch, which will be celebrated under the theme "A future sown thousands of years ago." 

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UN Global Compact Special Advisor on Sustainable Development Appointed [viewed]

Brice Lalonde, former Executive Coordinator, UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20)15 February 2013: The UN Global Compact has appointed Brice Lalonde (France) as Special Advisor on Sustainable Development. He will work with the Global Compact Office to develop close relationships and opportunities for collaboration with governments and other stakeholders on sustainable development and follow-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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CIMMYT Opens Bioscience Facility [viewed]

13 February 2013: The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) has inaugurated a new $25 million research complex that will help researchers speed up climate-resilient seed development for maize and wheat.

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Clean Energy Solutions Center Seeks Feedback on Tool for Evaluating Solar Social and Economic Impacts of Solar Technologies [viewed]

13 February 2013:  The Clean Energy Solutions Center, an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), is seeking feedback on the Global Renewable Energy Opportunity Tool, which facilitates analysis of technical and economic potential for solar electric technologies.

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EU to Revise Air Pollution Policies in 2013 [viewed]

EEA8 January 2013: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has announced that clean air will be the focus of EU environmental policy discussions during 2013, the EU Year of Air. The European Commission is reviewing the EU Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution and related policies in 2013.

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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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