UN Intergovernmental Body

UNGA General Debate Closes with Focus on Climate Change, SIDS and Rio+20 [viewed]

27 September 2011: The general debate of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) closed on 27 September, with a number of speakers addressing the challenges posed by climate change, preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), and the specific vulnerability of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

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UN Secretary-General Names High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All [viewed]

26 September 2011: The UN Secretary-General has appointed business, government and civil society leaders from around the world to serve on the newly created UN Secretary-General's High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL).

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UNGA General Debate Addresses Impacts of Climate Change, SIDS' Vulnerability [viewed]

26 September 2011: During the general debate of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), a number of speakers referred to the impacts of climate change, addressing, inter alia, the specific vulnerability of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the prospects for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), and the impacts of climate change on food security and disasters.

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SIDS Stress the Need for Climate Change Action at UNGA [viewed]

24 September 2011: Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have stressed that sustainable development is not possible while climate change threatens to swamp SIDS, and they have called on the UN to assist SIDS in combating the effects of climate change.  

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Suriname Calls for Operalization of Cancun Agreements [viewed]

23 September 2011: Speaking during the general debate of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), President of Suriname Desiré Delano Bouterse called on the international community to realize a speedy implementation of the Cancun agreements on the Special Climate Change Fund and the Adaptation Fund.

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High-Level Meeting Hails Yasuni-ITT Initiative as Model [viewed]

23 September 2011: A High-Level Meeting held during the 66th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has praised an agreement between the Government of Ecuador and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), through which the former forgoes exploiting large oil reserves in its national park in return for receiving half the reserve's value through a trust fund administered by UNDP for investments in alternative energy and social programmes.

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Palau, Marshall Islands to Seek Advice from World Court on GHG Impacts [viewed]

22 September 2011: The Governments of Palau and the Marshall Islands have called upon the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to seek, on an urgent basis, an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the responsibilities of States under international law to ensure that activities carried out under their jurisdiction of control that emit greenhouse gases (GHGs) do not damage other States.

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UNGA President, UN Secretary-General Urge Leaders to Prioritize Sustainable Development [viewed]

21 September 2011: The 66th UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened with calls from its President, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser of Qatar, and the UN Secretary-General to address sustainable development as a top priority.

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UN Launches High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All [viewed]

20 September 2011: On behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro announced the creation of a High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All that is to be at the head of a major new initiative to universalize access to sustainable energy.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses Leaders' Dialogue on Climate Change [viewed]

20 September 2011: Speaking at the Leaders' Dialogue on Climate Change on the eve of the High-level Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on world leaders to show greater commitment to achieving success in global negotiations on limiting emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) and strengthening adaptation measures.

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