Announcement / Statement

UN/ISDR Head Calls for Urgent Action on DRR [viewed]

24 January 2011: Margareta Wahlström, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Reduction and head of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), has called on local governments, city leaders and their partners to “act now” to incorporate climate change adaptation into urban planning.

read more »

World Bank and Republic of Korea Strengthen Partnership on Climate Change-Related Disasters [viewed]

24 January 2011: The World Bank signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Republic of Korea's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to strengthen cooperation for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation.

read more »

World Bank Highlights Opportunities for Carbon Finance in Arab Countries [viewed]

19 January 2011: Speaking at the Second Arab Economic, Social and Developmental Summit, in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, Mahmoud Mohieldin, World Bank Managing Director, highlighted the potential of the Arab region in the renewable energy sector.

read more »

WMO Reports that 2010 Ranked as Warmest Year on Record [viewed]

20 January 2011: Based on data received by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), 2010 ranked as the warmest year on record, equaling records set in 2005 and 1998.

read more »

Deadline Extended for Submissions of Interest in Administering CDM Loan Scheme [viewed]

January 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has extended the deadline by which vendors interested in administering a loan scheme over a five-year period in respect of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) are requested to submit a written expression of interest.

read more »

New ECOSOC President Outlines 2011 Agenda [viewed]

18 January 2010: In his inaugural speech, the new President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Lazarous Kapambwe (Zambia), outlined his priorities for the Council in the coming year, including accelerating the review, coordination and implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

read more »

UN/ISDR Encourages Campaign Cities to Nominate Candidates for Sasakawa Award [viewed]

17 January 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) is urging all campaign cities and partners to submit a nomination for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Sasakawa award to highlight good practices and achievements towards achieving the "ten essentials" for making cities resilient.  

read more »

Sustainable Development Leads UN Secretary-General's 2011 Priorities [viewed]

14 January 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon identified his priorities for 2011 during an address to the UN General Assembly on 14 January 2011. He highlighted action on inclusive and sustainable development as the first of eight priorities, and climate change mitigation and mitigation as the second priority.

read more »

World Bank Umbrella Carbon Facility to Buy Post-2012 Carbon Credits [viewed]

12 January 2011: The World Bank has announced that Tranche 2 of its Umbrella Carbon Facility (UCF) is now operational with initial funding of €68 million. This Tranche provides the opportunity for existing carbon projects to continue selling their carbon credits well beyond 2012.

read more »

US Secretary of State Expresses Support for IRENA [viewed]

12 January 2011: In a statement delivered at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MI) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State, commended the goals of the International Renewable Agency (IRENA) towards accelerating the rapid development and deployment of renewable energy worldwide.

read more »