Announcement / Statement

UNFCCC Announces Winners of the 2012 CDM African Radio Contest [viewed]

UNFCCC16 November 2012:  The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced the winners of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) African Radio Contest 2012. The Secretariat launched the contest under the theme “Changing Lives,” with the aim of raising awareness on the CDM's benefits in Africa.

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5,000th CDM Project will Produce 74,200MWh of Wind Energy in the Dominican Republic [viewed]

UNFCCC15 November 2012: The Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has reached a new milestone with the registration of its 5,000th project. In total, the CDM has registered projects in 81 developing countries worldwide, including solar power projects that replace fossil fuels, and projects that substitute inefficient wood stoves and industrial projects that destroy greenhouse gases (GHG).

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IEA BEEP Database Receives Energy Efficiency Innovator Award [viewed]

IEA12 November 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has announced that its Building Energy Efficiency Policies (BEEP) database was awarded the 2012 Energy Efficiency Innovator Award as the best international energy efficiency project.

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Australia Outlines Conditions for Joining Kyoto Protocol's Second Commitment Period [viewed]

9 November 2012: Australia's Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, has announced that Australia is ready to join a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. UN General-Secretary Ban Ki-moon commended Australia for expressing readiness to join a second commitment period, and called on all governments to take decisive steps to address climate change at the upcoming Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar. 

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UNDP Administrator Calls for Addressing Climate Change for Development [viewed]

UNDP8 November 2012: UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark discussed the potential of climate change to stall and reverse development in a lecture titled “Why Tackling Climate Change Matters for Development,” delivered at Stanford University in California, US. 

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Doha Climate Conference to be "PaperSmart" [viewed]

6 November 2012: The UN has announced that the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties  (COP 18) to the UNFCCC in Doha, Qatar, to be held from 26 November-7 December 2012, will be "PaperSmart" by adopting a range of tools to reduce dependency on paper and increase efficiency.

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Germany Hands Over Building Complex in Bonn to the UNFCCC [viewed]

31 October 2012: The German Government officially handed over the building complex Altes Abgeordnetenhochhaus to the UNFCCC Secretariat in a symbolic presentation of the key to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres.

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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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