UN Intergovernmental Body

UNGA 66 Concludes with Decisions on Africa, Indigenous Conference, SDG Working Group [viewed]

17 September 2012: Concluding the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), outgoing President Nassir Abdulaziz al-Nasser recalled the Assembly's focus on disaster prevention and response, including local resilience and risk mitigation, and on sustainable development and global prosperity. Also during the plenary meeting, the Assembly took decisions on Africa, the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, and the distribution of seats in the open working group on sustainable development (OWG).

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IPCC Calls for Second Round of Applications to its Scholarship Programme [viewed]

IPCC12 July 2012: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has announced a call for applications for the second round of its Scholarship Programme, aimed at providing funds for young scientists from developing countries for climate change research.

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CDP Paper Considers Role of Climate Vulnerability in Identifying LDCs [viewed]

UN logoJune 2012: The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Committee for Development Policy (CDP) has published a background paper reviewing the role of climate change vulnerability in identifying Least Developed Countries (LDCs). It argues that climate change should not be regarded as a new and separate handicap, but as a factor that could aggravate existing handicaps to development.

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UNGA President Provides Summary of Dialogue on Harmony with Nature [viewed]

15 June 2012: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, has released the report of its second high-level interactive dialogue on Harmony with Nature, held in New York, US, on 18 April 2012. This dialogue focused on scientific findings on the impacts of human activities on the functioning of the Earth System.

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Human Rights Council Links Internal Displacement With Climate Change [viewed]

6 July 2012: During its 20th session, the UN Human Rights Council expressed concern over the expected exacerbating impact of climate change on natural hazards and climate-related events, and its related contribution to internal displacement.

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IPCC Issues Statement on Election Procedures, Non-Peer Reviewed Literature [viewed]

IPCC24 June 2012: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Secretariat issued a statement in response to an article published online by New Scientist, which critiqued recent decisions on election procedures and data sources.

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Rio+20 Adopts "The Future We Want" Outcome Document, Voluntary Pledges Reported to Reach US$513 Billion [viewed]

22 June 2012: The third and final meeting of the Preparatory Committee for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), Pre-Conference Informal Consultations Facilitated by the Host Country, and the UNCSD convened back-to-back in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 13-22 June 2012. During their ten days in Rio, government delegations concluded negotiations on the Rio outcome document, titled “The Future We Want.”

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Climate Change Task Force Issues Call to Action [viewed]

18 June 2012: The Climate Change Task Force has issued a Statement on Action to Face the Urgent Realities of Climate Change, calling on world leaders to take urgent action to address climate change in order to ensure the transition to sustainable, just and secure development.

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UNGA President Releases DRR Debate Summary [viewed]

13 June 2012: The President of the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, has released his summary of the Assembly's Thematic Debate on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), which was held in New York, US, on 12 April 2012. The debate aimed to support and advance dialogue on how best to integrate the DRR approach into the outcome of the Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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IPCC Reports on Progress on Fifth Assessment Report [viewed]

IPCC11 June 2012: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has reported on progress made towards completing the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), which will provide a policy-relevant scientific view of the current state of knowledge about climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation.

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