Announcement / Statement

UN-HABITAT's Executive Director Receives Environment Prize [viewed]

Unhabitat24 November 2009: UN-HABITAT Executive Director Anna Tibaijuka, Enrique Peñalosa, the former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, and Sören Hermansen, Danish Hero of the Environment, were given the Göteborg Award for Sustainable Development during a ceremony that stressed the urban dimension of the climate change and environment debate.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Holds Press Briefing on Expectations for Copenhagen [viewed]

Yvo De Boer25 November 2009: In a press briefing held in Bonn, Germany, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, outlined what can and must be achieved in Copenhagen, with a  focus on developing countries. He emphasized that "There is no Plan B for failure at Copenhagen, only plan A. And 'A' stands for action."

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UNECE Air Pollution Convention Explores Links with Climate Change [viewed]

UNECE-logo24 November 2009: On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution, climate change has been identified as an emerging issue for the Convention.

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UN Secretary-General at Global Leadership Awards Gala: Copenhagen not Destined to be “Disappointment” [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon223 November 2009: Addressing the 51st annual UNA-USA/BCUN Global Leadership Awards gala, in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that, contrary to recent news reports, the climate change conference in Copenhagen is not destined to be a "disappointment" and noted that "every day lately has been bringing new signs of progress."

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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Joins Seal the Deal! Campaign [viewed]

23nov_09_0620 November 2009: The UN Children's Fund's (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo has lent her voice to the UN-led Seal the Deal! campaign.

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Assistant Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction Wahlström Calls for Copenhagen to Spur Practical Action [viewed]

23nov_09_0720 November 2009: In an interview with the UN News Centre, Margareta Wahlström, Assistant Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), explained that climate change is expected to lead to an increased number of extreme weather events, water and drought situations.

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ECLAC Executive Secretary Calls on the LAC Region to Contribute to Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

23nov_09_0820 November 2009: Speaking at the launch of a study titled "The Economics of Climate Change in Chile," Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), noted that the impact of climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean will be considerable and stressed the need for the region to contribute to negotiations in the UN Climate Change Conference scheduled to take place in Copenhagen.

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IDB to Limit GHG Emissions in Coal Fired Plants it Finances [viewed]

Idb5 November 2009: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is issuing a set of guidelines to finance coal-fired power plants in order to ensure they use among the best available technologies to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants.

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World Bank to Sell Adaptation Fund CERs through Bluenext Exchange [viewed]

World Bank17 November 2009: The World Bank, as trustee for the Adaptation Fund, has begun regular sales of certified emission reductions (CERs) through the BlueNext Exchange.

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CDM Project Data Released – Number of Projects in Africa Increasing [viewed]

grida17 November 2009: According to figures compiled by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the number of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects that are being planned or have been registered across the African region is increasing.

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