Announcement / Statement

New Co-Chair Appointed for UN Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing [viewed]

6 June 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced that Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway, has accepted his invitation to become, with immediate effect, the Co-Chair of the UN High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing.

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UNCCD and UNISDR Sign MOU [viewed]

30 May 2010: The Secretariats of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Bonn, Germany, on 30 May 2010. The MOU establishes a framework for collaboration on reducing the vulnerability of communities to drought-related risk and to expand networks that will advance the prevention of drought-associated disasters.

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World Environment Day Celebrated [viewed]

6 June 2010: UN agencies celebrated World Environment Day on 6 June 2010, under the theme “Many Species. One Planet. One Future.” The celebrations included a number of activities, such as the launch of "Greening the Blue," which aims to encourage UN agencies to become climate neutral, solar power activities in Rwanda, and a website devoted to informing youth about climate.

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World Bank Responds to Civil Society on Financing Fossil Fuels and Adaptation [viewed]

27 May 2010: Kseniya Lvovsky, the World Bank's Climate Change Team Manager, responded online to questions by civil society on the World Bank's strategy for climate change, including on the Bank's approach to fossil fuel financing and the availability of funds for adaptation.

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UNIDO Displays Work on Green Industry at Shanghai Expo [viewed]

23 May 2010: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is presenting its work on “Green Industry for a better life” at the Shanghai Expo, which itself is themed “Better cities, Better lives.”

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UNECE and International Union of Railways Sign MoU [viewed]

26 May 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the International Union of Railways (UIC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 24 May 2010, in Prague, Czech Republic. The MoU aims to further strengthen the cooperation between UNECE and UIC in the pursuit of the integration and development of the European transport of goods and passengers by railways, with a view to developing sustainable transport and promoting environment and health friendly transport systems to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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UNCCD and UNFF Sign Memorandum of Understanding [viewed]

25 May 2010: The Secretariats of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that stresses the need to work together to fight land degradation, including in forests.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Briefs the Press Ahead June Talks [viewed]

25 May 2010: UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer briefed the press about his expectations for the upcoming climate change talks scheduled to take place in Bonn, Germany, from 31 May-11 June 2010, and the status of the UN climate change process.

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World Bank Responds to Civil Society Questions Live [viewed]

25 May 2010: The World Bank's programme manager for climate change, Kseniya Lvovsky, will respond to live questions from the audience on 27 May 2010 at 10:00 AM EST.

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Italy Contributes to Benefit Sharing Fund of Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources [viewed]

21 May 2010: Italy announced a contribution of 1.2 million euros to the benefit sharing scheme managed by the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, a multilateral environmental agreement (MEA) established under the framework of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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