Announcement / Statement

Director of UN Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team Provides Update on Negotiations [viewed]

Janos Pasztor, Director of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team26 October 2009: Janos Pasztor, Director of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team, addressed a press conference in New York, US, where he said that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon views US engagement in climate change as vital to success.

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UN Special Rapporteur Highlights Links between Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies and Right to Adequate Housing [viewed]

© UN23 October 2009: Addressing a news conference on 23 October 2009, UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing Raquel Rolnik stressed that adaptation and mitigation strategies that governments put into place, as well as the new climate change agreement to be discussed in Copenhagen later this year, must fully comply with human rights norms, including the right to adequate housing.

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CBD Executive Secretary Stresses Cities' Potential in Biodiversity Protection and Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

© CBD20 October 2009: Addressing the World Green Roof Infrastructure Congress, held on 20 October 2009, in Toronto, Canada, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Ahmed Djoghlaf underscored the role of cities and local authorities for decisions relating to urban infrastructure, energy and transportation, all of which have a large impact both on climate change and biodiversity.

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Governing Body Selected for Forest Investment Program [viewed]

© The World Bank20 October 2009: The World Bank has announced the results of the regional self-selection process for member States in the governing body of the Forest Investment Program (FIP). Six developing countries (Brazil, the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Morocco, Nepal and Romania) will join five contributor countries (Australia, Denmark, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States) on the FIP Trust Fund Sub-Committee, which is the governing body of the FIP. The Sub-Committee will hold its first meeting on 29 October 2009, in Washington, DC, US.

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UNDP Administrator Highlights the Effects of Climate Change on the Poor on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty [viewed]

© UNDP17 October 2009: On the occasion of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark stressed that climate change has the potential to undermine development and make it worse for those already unable to access adequate shelter, food, energy, clean water and sanitation.

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FAO Focuses on “Food Security in Times of Crisis” to Mark World Food Day [viewed]

© FAO16 October 2009: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) observed annual World Food Day, celebrated on 16 October, with events around the world focusing on the theme of “achieving food security in times of crisis.”

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UN Ambassador Calls for Recognizing Large Mammals' Role in Forests in Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

© UN13 October 2009: Large mammals, such as gorillas and elephants, are keystone species in African rainforests and should be included in the upcoming climate change negotiations in Copenhagen, according to UN Ambassador for the Year of the Gorilla Ian Redmond.

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Ramsar Secretariat Selects Theme for 2010 World Wetlands Day: Caring for Wetlands – an answer to climate change [viewed]

8 October 2009: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands has announced that the theme for 2010 World Wetlands Day (WWD), celebrated on 2 February, will be “Caring for wetlands – an answer to climate change.”

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UN Secretary-General at ITU Telecom World 2009: Information Technologies Part of Climate Change Solution [viewed]

© ITU5 October 2009: Addressing the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the importance of information and communication technologies (ICTs) as part of the solution to the threats imposed by climate change.

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EC Proposal on Investing in Climate-Related Technologies Unveiled [viewed]

© EC7 October 2009: The European Commission has published a proposal on “Investing in the development of low-carbon energy technologies,” calling on public authorities, business and researchers to develop by 2020 the necessary technologies to address climate change, secure EU energy supply and ensure economic competitiveness.

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