Announcement / Statement

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Addresses Petersberg Climate Dialogue [viewed]

3 May 2010: Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), addressed the Petersberg Climate Dialogue, which met from 2-4 May 2010 in Bonn, Germany, where he reflected on the Copenhagen meeting and the current status of the climate change process.

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Spain Contributes 45 Million Euros to Adaptation Fund [viewed]

28 April 2010: Spain has become the first country to make a significant contribution to the Adaptation Fund. The country's contribution of 45 million Euros (US$60 million) will help the Fund finance climate change adaptation projects and programs in developing countries.

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European Commission Proposes Clean Transport Strategy [viewed]

28 April 2010: The European Commission has tabled a technology-neutral strategy on clean and energy-efficient vehicles, which aims to strengthen the European car industry while contributing to European leadership in climate change and clean transport.

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UN Humanitarian Chief and WFP Focus on West African Food Crisis [viewed]

26 April 2010: UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Josette Sheeran has indicated that the intense droughts in Niger are escalating the humanitarian crisis and contributing to mass migration from rural to urban areas as well as to neighboring countries. She has announced that WFP will step up its aid to support 2.3 million people, particularly pregnant women and children, in the arid eastern Sahel region.

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WFP to Use Carbon Calculator [viewed]

26 April 2010: The World Food Programme (WFP) has begun using a tool to calculate emissions from the organization's travel in order to track its environmental impact.

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UNEP Executive Director Re-Elected [viewed]

22 April 2010: The UN General Assembly has re-elected Achim Steiner as Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) for a further four years, beginning 15 June 2010.

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OECD Secretary General Says Current Pledges Fall Short of Reductions Needed [viewed]

22 April 2010: Angel Gurria, Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), emphasized that current pledges fall short of the effort needed to curb climate change and discouraged the use of border tax adjustment (BTA) measures during a speech at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

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UN Champions of the Earth Announced [viewed]

22 April 2010: Achim Steiner, Under-Secretary-General and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director, announced the six winners of this year's UN Champions of the Earth prize, which recognizes leadership in environmental conservation.

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Mother Earth is Under Pressure - UN Secretary-General [viewed]

22 April 2010:  In a message to mark International Mother Earth Day, celebrated on 22 April, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that "Mother Earth – our only home – is under pressure."  Noting that we have "drawn on nature's capital without putting back," he underlined that we are now seeing the consequences, as showcased by climate change and the depleted ozone layer.

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Proposed EU MDGs Action Plan Includes Climate Financing [viewed]

21 April 2010: The European Commission put forward an action plan for the EU to speed up progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The action plan also sets out a possible EU position ahead of the UN Summit on the MDGs, scheduled to take place in September 2010, in New York, US.

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