Announcement / Statement

Ramsar Secretariat and World Bank to Collaborate on Climate Change Projects in Wetlands [viewed]

16 February 2010: Anada Tiéga, Ramsar Secretary General, and Hartwig Schafer, Acting Vice President, Sustainable Development Network, World Bank, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that aims to “establish a framework of cooperation between Ramsar and the World Bank in exchange of technical expertise and capacity building related to the development and implementation of climate change projects in wetlands in the context of the World Bank-financed climate change portfolio.”

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EU Prepares for Resuming Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

18 February 2010: European Commission President José Manuel Barroso has written to EU Heads of State and Government outlining next steps in the Commission's work on climate change.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary to Step Down [viewed]

18 February 2010: Yvo de Boer has announced that he will resign his position as UNFCCC Executive Secretary as of 1 July 2010.

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Funding Available for NGOs to Participate in CIF Partnership Forum [viewed]

15 February 2010:  The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) have announced that funds are available to sponsor the participation of developing country NGOs in the CIF Second Partnership Forum, which is scheduled to take place from 18-19 March 2010, in Manila, the Philippines, and which will be hosted by the Asian Development Bank.

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UN Secretary-General Launches High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing [viewed]

12 February 2010: During a press conference held on 12 February 2010, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched aHigh-Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing. The Group will seek to mobilize the financial resources for climate change that were pledged at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference.

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UNEP Finance Initiative Launches Climate Survey [viewed]

5 February 2010: The UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) has launched a global survey to identify the climate change data needs of the financial services sector.

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EU Parliament Calls for New Climate Diplomacy [viewed]

10 February 2010: Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) adopted a resolution on 10 February 2010, calling on the EU to create a "new climate diplomacy," whereby the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and the Commissioner on Climate Action should work together with the more progressive developing and emerging countries.

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Former UNFCCC COP 15 President Hedegaard Becomes First-time EU Commissioner on Climate Action [viewed]

9 February 2010: The European Parliament has approved the new European Commission, with the vote taking the form of a single ballot on the whole College of Commissioners, consisting of one Commissioner from each of the 27 EU Member States, on 9 February 2010, in Strasbourg, France.

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CDM Executive Board Elects New Chair and Vice-Chair [viewed]

8 February 2010: Clifford Mahlung (Jamaica) has been chosen by the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) to serve as its Chair for 2010. In addition, Pedro Martins Barata (Portugal) has been chosen to serve as Vice-Chair.

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UNEP Executive Director Defends IPCC Assessment Findings [viewed]

6 February 2010: Responding to recent criticism for a mistake made in the 2007 Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) over the rate of melting of the Himalayan glaciers, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner, has defended the Panel's findings.

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