Announcement / Statement

Australia, EU to Link Emissions Trading Systems [viewed]

28 August 2012: Greg Combet, Australian Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, and Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action, have announced that the Australian emissions trade scheme and the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) will be fully linked by 2018.

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Climate and Clean Air Coalition Welcomes Five New NGO Partners [viewed]

27 August 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that the Clean Air Task Force (CATF), ClimateWorks Foundation, the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (IGSD), the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative (ICCI), and the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) have joined the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC).

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Arctic Sea Ice at Record Minimum, GOOS Reports [viewed]

24 August 2012: Arctic sea ice extent has reached a record-breaking minimum in August 2012, according to data from the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS).

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WMO, UNCCD Call for Coordinated Efforts to Manage Risks from Drought [viewed]

21 August 2012: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have announced plans to help countries improve their drought risk management and develop effective, long-term solutions.

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IEA Head Expresses Hope for a Sustainable Energy Future [viewed]

17 August 2012: Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA), has stated that the international goal of limiting the long-term increase of global temperature to 2°C can still be attained, and proposed recommendations for a sustainable energy future.

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UNISDR Highlights Impact of Mexican Drought on Indigenous Populations [viewed]

14 August 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has highlighted the recent impact of drought on the indigenous populations of Chihuahua, Mexico. UNISDR noted that while the Mexican Early Warning System for cyclones has proven to be a powerful tool to reduce the loss of lives, there are yet no appropriate early warning systems for other extreme hydro meteorological events such as drought, hail storms and flash floods.

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Voting Open for Civil Society Representatives to UN-REDD Policy Board [viewed]

13 August 2012: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN‐REDD Programme) is inviting Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to vote on eligible nominees to serve as CSO representatives to the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board.

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UNDP Administrator Stresses the Importance of Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

15 August 2012: UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark delivered the University of Canterbury's Hopkins Lecture in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which she addressed the theme “Building Resilience: The Importance of Disaster Risk Reduction.”

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UN Secretary-General Launches Oceans Compact [viewed]

12 August 2012: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has launched the Oceans Compact, which seeks to support and strengthen the implementation of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The launch took place at a side event during the Yeosu International Conference, Republic of Korea, held to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the opening for signature of UNCLOS.

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ILO Calls for Meso and Macro-Level Climate Change Insurance [viewed]

ILO2 August 2012: The Microfinance Innovation Facility of the International Labour Organization (ILO) underscores that larger insurance schemes are more likely to be effective in covering impoverished people against weather-related disasters and the impacts of climate change.

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