Announcement / Statement

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day Celebrated [viewed]

17 May 2010: In a message to mark World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged fully using the potential of telecommunication and information technologies to improve life-saving services, promote sustainable development and foster international peace.

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UNDP Launches Photo Contest "Picture This: We Can End Poverty" [viewed]

14 May 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with Olympus Corporation and the Agence France-Presse (AFP) Foundation, launched a photo contest titled "Picture This: We Can End Poverty." The competition will feature work carried out in various countries to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 to demonstrate how ordinary people around the world are addressing their most pressing development challenges.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses UN Association of Canada [viewed]

12 May 2010: UN Secretary-General addressed the UN Association of Canada in Ottawa on 12 May 2010, focusing on peacekeeping and climate change. On the latter, while underlining that "we are running out of time," Secretary-General Ban underlined that there is hope because climate change has become a top priority for world leaders.

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CDM Audio Files Available in French [viewed]

11 May 2010: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Audio File Service is now available in the French language.

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Germany Announces 10 Million Euro Contribution to Adaptation Fund [viewed]

4 May 2010:  The Government of Germany has announced it will contribute 10 million Euros to the Kyoto Protocol's Adaptation Fund to support adaptation measures in developing countries that are particularly affected by climate change.

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EIB Issues Climate Awareness Bonds [viewed]

30 April 2010: The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Daiwa Securities Group announced an issuance of Climate Awareness Bonds to finance the EIB's future lending projects in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

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InterAcademy Council Names IPCC Review Committee [viewed]

3 May 2010: The InterAcademy Council (IAC), an organization of the world's science academies, announced that Harold Shapiro, an economist and former president of Princeton University and the University of Michigan, will chair a 12-member committee to conduct an independent review of the procedures and processes of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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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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