Announcement / Statement

UN Secretary-General Reflects on Progress, Shortfalls in 2012 [viewed]

19 December 2012: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gave a press conference reflecting on the year's work, in New York, US, on 19 December 2012. He said the UN has helped to lay foundations for progress on sustainable development, the “top challenge” of the 21st century, including through the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Barefoot Power's Solar Lighting Activities Registered under the CDM [viewed]

20 December 2012: The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and World Bank's Lighting Africa programme has announced that the clean energy company Barefoot Power has successfully registered its programme of activities under the UNFCCC Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

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New Head of UN-REDD Programme Secretariat Appointed [viewed]

18 December 2012: The Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner, has appointed Mario Boccucci as the Head of the UN-REDD Programme Secretariat. Boccucci's appointment will be effective on 21 January 2013. 

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Emissions Revenues Contribute to €1.2 Billion in New EU Renewable Energy Grants [viewed]

18 December 2012: The European Commission has awarded over €1.2 billion in grants to 23 renewable energy projects covering a range of technologies, including: bioenergy; concentrated solar power; geothermal power; wind; ocean energy and smart grids for distributed renewable energy management.

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Icelandic Ambassador Says Japan Could Replace 25 Nuclear Plants Using Geothermal Energy [viewed]

15 December 2012: Stefan Stefansson, Ambassador of Iceland to Japan, delivered a lecture at the UN University (UNU) in Tokyo, Japan, as part of the UNU's Ambassador Lecture Series, recommending that Japan harness its untapped geothermal energy resources to minimize carbon dioxide emissions, lower heating bills and create jobs. 

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UN High Commissioner Identifies Climate Change as Contributing to Crisis in Mali [viewed]

10 December 2012: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres addressed the UN Security Council on the Mali crisis, citing climate change as one of the factors precipitating the situation.

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Montreal Protocol Recognizes UNDP's Contribution to ODS Phase Out [viewed]

10 December 2012: Marco Gonzalez, Executive Secretary of the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and its Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, presented an award to Helen Clark, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, in recognition of UNDP's “exceptional contribution to the success of the Montreal Protocol.”

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EC Launches Public Consultation on Emissions Trading System [viewed]

7 December 2012: The European Commission has launched an online public consultation, calling for comments from all stakeholders or experts in the field of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). The Commission is seeking feedback on structural options and views reflected in the report, titled “The state of the European carbon market in 2012,” which was published in November 2012. The consultation is open until 28 February 2013.

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Kampala Convention on Internally Displaced Persons Enters into Force [viewed]

6 December 2012: The African Union (AU) Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Africa (also known as the Kampala Convention) entered into force on 6 December 2012. The treaty aims to protect those displaced within their own countries through violence, natural disaster and other forces.

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Adaptation Fund Partners with UN Foundation to Accept Private Donations [viewed]

Adaptation Fund30 November 2012: The Adaptation Fund and the UN Foundation have announced a partnership to allow donations from the private sector and individuals for the Adaptation Fund. The partnership was announced at a side event held on the margins of the Doha Climate Change Conference.

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