Intergovernmental Process

UN Secretary-General Calls for the Non-Aligned Movement's Support to Move Toward a Greener Economy [viewed]

© NAM15 July 2009: In a speech to the High-Level Segment of the 15th Non-Aligned Movement Summit, which took place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, from 15-16 July 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that, just as when the Non-Aligned Movement was founded, the world today faces complex crises threatening development and security. He pointed to the severe economic and financial crisis, and the effort to “Seal the Deal” on climate change in Copenhagen later this year.

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Guest Article #17: Copenhagen - An Ocean of Change [viewed]

The ancient decree “All roads lead to Rome” has been understandably overtaken by the obsessive charge: “All roads lead to Copenhagen.” The 15th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP15) in Copenhagen is the apex around which all else in 2009 revolves. Everywhere I go I hear “We need this on the agenda at Copenhagen” or “Let's wait and see what happens at Copenhagen.” All else lays within the ecliptic shadow of the need to “Seal the Deal” on mitigation targets and adaptation measures in Copenhagen.

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AOSIS Calls on Major Economies to Adopt More Ambitious and Concrete Targets [viewed]

© UN-DESA SIDS10 July 2009: In a press conference held at UN Headquarters in New York, US, Dessima Williams, Permanent Representative of Grenada and Chairperson of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), welcomed the statements on climate change made by the leaders of the G8 industrialized economies and the 17 participants in the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, who met in L'Aquila, Italy, noting they signal their growing and positive engagement with the on-going negotiations.

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The UK Develops a Climate and Development Knowledge Network [viewed]

© DFID3 July 2009: The UK Department for International Development (DFID) is developing a multi-million pound “Climate and Development Knowledge Network,” which will deliver an integrated set of knowledge management, research and advisory services on all aspects of climate change and development.

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Secretary-General Urges G8 and MEF Leaders to Do More [viewed]

© G8 Summit 20099 July 2009: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged every head of state or government to do more to address climate change. His statement came as the leaders of the G8 industrialized economies and the seventeen participants in the Major Economies Forum (MEF) on Energy and Climate released agreements indicating that they “recognize the scientific view that the increase in global average temperature above pre-industrial levels ought not to exceed 2 degrees C,” and noting that they “will work between now and Copenhagen, with each other and under the Convention, to identify a global goal for substantially reducing global emissions by 2050.”

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UN Secretary-General Urges G-8 Countries to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions [viewed]

24 June 2009: In advance of this year's G-8 Summit in L'Aquila, Italy, scheduled to take place from 8-10 July, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has written to the G-8 leaders outlining challenges that require their urgent attention, including tackling climate change.

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Global Humanitarian Forum Addresses Human Impact of Climate Change [viewed]

© Global Humanitarian Forum24 June 2009: The Global Humanitarian Forum took place from 23-24 June 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland, and was organized around the theme “Human Impact of Climate Change.”

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UN-REDD Programme Holds Second Policy Board Meeting [viewed]

© UN16 June 2009: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD Programme) held its second Policy Board Meeting from 14-15 June 2009, in Montreux, Switzerland.

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Event: IFPRI 2020 Panel Discussion “Climate Change, Adaptation and Poverty” [viewed]

This panel discussion, organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), will focus on the adaptation needs of poor people, especially farmers in developing countries, to cope with climate change impacts such as droughts, floods, water stress and accelerated competition over natural resources.  

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IEA to Host IPEEC Secretariat [viewed]

17 June 2009: The Governing Board of the International Energy Agency (IEA) has approved the hosting in Paris, France, of the Secretariat of the International Partnership on Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC).

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