Announcement / Statement

FAO Announces Winner of REDD+ for Food Photo Contest [viewed]

FAO UNREDDMay 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN has announced the winner of the Nurture Forests for the Future – REDD+ for Food photo contest. FAO, as part of the UN-REDD Programme, held the contest to create awareness on the links between food security and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+).

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Brazilian Diplomat Succeeds Pascal Lamy as WTO Head [viewed]

Ambassador Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo (Brazil)14 May 2013: Following extensive informal consultations among members of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the WTO General Council has approved the appointment of Ambassador Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo (Brazil) as the next Director-General of the WTO. Azevêdo will take office on 1 September 2013.

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Observed Carbon Dioxide Concentrations Reach 400 Parts Per Million Threshold [viewed]

WMO9 May 2013: Observed concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have reached the 400 parts per million (ppm) threshold at several stations of the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Global Atmosphere Watch network.

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Experts Assess Biofuels Screening Toolkit at UNIDO Biofuels Conference [viewed]

UNIDO7 May 2013: Participants at the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Biofuels Conference have assessed the Biofuels Screening Toolkit, which was developed to help ensure the sustainability of biofuels production, in recognition of the potential negative effects of biofuels production on the environment and on food security.

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UNFCCC COP 19 President Designated [viewed]

UNFCCC6 May 2013: The Eastern European Group has designated Marcin Korolec, Minister of Environment, Poland, as the President-Designate for the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 9th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 9), which will be held from 11-22 November 2013, in Warsaw, Poland.  

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IPCC Opens Review of the Second Order Draft of the KP Supplement [viewed]

IPCC15 April 2013: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has announced that the government and expert review of the second order draft of the '2013 Revised Supplementary Methods and Good Practice Guidance Arising from the Kyoto Protocol' (KP Supplement) and the first draft of its Overview Chapter began on 22 April 2013 and will end on 2 June 2013.

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UNSG Calls for Private Investment in Climate, Energy [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon24 April 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit, asking for the private sector's help in tackling climate change and advancing sustainable development. 

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Ramsar, Conservation International Enhance Cooperation [viewed]

15 April 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) and Conservation International (CI) have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) on the sidelines of the 46th meeting of the Ramsar Standing Committee to provide a framework for future cooperation.

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UN Prepares for 2014 SIDS Conference [viewed]

9 April 2013: Preparations for the 2014 International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are underway, beginning with a planning mission led by Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, to Apia, Samoa, where the Conference will take place.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Environmental Protection [viewed]

3 April 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed sustainable development, climate change and protection of the marine environment in remarks in Monaco, on 3 April 2013, on the occasion of the principality's 20th anniversary of UN membership.

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