Announcement / Statement

UNEP and Norway Sign Agreement on GRID-Arendal's 25th Anniversary [viewed]

UNEP GRID Arendal14 August 2014: On the occasion of GRID-Arendal's 25th anniversary, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director, Achim Steiner, and Olav Orheim, Chairman of the Board of Directors of GRID-Arendal, signed a Programme Cooperation Agreement in which Norway renewed its contribution to UNEP's Programme of Work for 2014. The Agreement includes a commitment of US$16 million to UNEP, including US$1 million to support action on marine plastic debris and microplastics and US$500,000 to improve fish food security in West Africa.

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UNDP Administrator Outlines Long-Term Development View [viewed]

UNDP7 August 2014: UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark stressed the need to “get ahead of the curve of future crises and disasters to avert huge and costly development setbacks and lives lost,” in the Aspen Institute's Third Annual Madeleine K. Albright Global Development Lecture. In 'Making Sense of the World We Live In: The Development Contribution,' Clark highlighted: the work involved in achieving transformational change; the importance of investments in building resilience; challenges in nation building; and progress and next steps on the post-2015 development agenda.

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UN Secretary-General Appoints Three-Year Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport [viewed]

United Nations8 August 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has established a High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport, announcing the Group's membership on 8 August 2014. The Group aims to promote accelerated implementation of sustainable transport, in line with objectives to address climate change, protect the global environment and ecosystems and promote inclusive and equitable growth and social development.

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GCF Calls for Inputs on Investment Framework [viewed]

Green Climate Fund (GCF)7 August 2014: The Secretariat of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) has issued a call for public inputs on aspects relating to the development of the Fund's investment framework. The call follows the adoption by the GCF Board of the Fund's initial investment framework in May 2014, and inputs will feed into the Board's consideration of the framework's further development.

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UNFCCC Adds Newsroom Feature to Website [viewed]

UNFCCCJuly 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has added a newsroom feature to its website. A newsroom page now greets visitors to the site (www.unfccc.int), displaying news regarding climate change and stories about climate actions being taken all over the world by governments, companies, cities, the UN and civil society.

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ECOSOC Recommends Upgrading Tuvalu from LDC Status [viewed]

tuvalu.flag31 July 2014: The Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (PIFS) has reported that the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has recommended that Tuvalu no longer be considered a Least Developed Country (LDC).

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WMO: June 2014 Hottest on Record [viewed]

WMO23 July 2014: According to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Japan Meteorological Agency's (JMA) Tokyo Climate Center, June's 2014 global average temperature, driven by record sea surface temperatures, was higher than for any previous June since record keeping began.

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Civil Society Reacts to Proposed SDGs [viewed]

OWGJuly 2014: In reaction to the final outcome of the Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in which it proposed SDGs at the conclusion of the 13th session (OWG 13), a number of Major Groups and civil society organizations have released papers and press releases commenting on the proposal. The majority of reactions suggest the outcome is a significant step forward, while also highlighting specific concerns. Many groups expressed appreciation for the OWG's inclusiveness, noting that full and meaningful participation of civil society is being recognized as an essential aspect of the new global agenda.

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On Mandela Day, Activists Urge Action on Climate and Poverty [viewed]

mandela-day18 July 2014: On the occasion of Mandela Day, Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bono, Muhammad Yunus, Mo Ibrahim and Malala Yousafzai sent an open letter to world leaders urging them to agree on commitments to address poverty, inequality and climate change in 2015.

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WTO Members Launch Talks on Environmental Goods [viewed]

World Trade Organization (WTO)8 July 2014: Thirteen States and the EU, which together account for 86% of global trade in environmental goods, have announced the launch of plurilateral negotiations for an Environmental Goods Agreement under the auspices of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

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