UN Intergovernmental Body

Human Rights Expert Reports on Maldives Mission [viewed]

21 July 2011: After returning from a mission to the Maldives, the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs) for the UN Human Rights Council, Chaloka Beyani, stressed that the negative effects of climate change on peoples' rights such as the right to housing, and safe water and livelihoods are being felt across many islands.

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ECOSOC Humanitarian Segment Highlights Need for Increased Resilience [viewed]

21 July 2011: Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, opened the humanitarian segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) underlining that global challenges, such as climate change, the food and energy crises, migration and environmental degradation, "continue to increase people's vulnerability and humanitarian needs.”

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UN Security Council Debates Security Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

20 July 2011: The UN Security Council held its second thematic debate on “Maintenance of international peace and security: the impact of climate change,” on 20 July 2011, in New York, US. Many delegates expressed concern that adverse effects of climate change could aggravate existing threats to international peace and security. While noting that the loss of territory in some States due to sea-level rise, particularly in small, low-lying island States, could have security implications, the Security Council could not agree that it had a role to play in this regard.

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Event: Security Council Debate on Climate Change and SIDS [viewed]

The UN Security Council will hold a debate on the issue of climate change and its security implications, with a special focus on the possible threat faced by small island and coastal States, due to rising sea levels. The debate follows the 2009 Report of the UN Secretary-General on "Climate change and its possible security implications." It will take place under the agenda item on "maintenance of international peace and security: impact of climate change."  

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IPCC Briefs Media on Special Report on Renewable Energy [viewed]

28 June 2011: Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has briefed the press on the Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN), which was agreed upon and released by the IPCC during its 33rd plenary session held in May 2011 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and LOS Sends Outcome to UNCSD [viewed]

UN eadquarters on a sunny day24 June 2011: The UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process (ICP) on Oceans and the Law of the Sea has completed its meeting on the theme “contributing to the assessment, in the context of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), of progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development and addressing new and emerging challenges.”

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General Assembly Elects President of 66th Session [viewed]

Amb. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser of Qatar addresses the General Assembly following his election as President of the 66th session22 June 2011:  The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has elected by acclamation Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser (Qatar) to be its next President. He will succeed Joseph Deiss (Switzerland) when he takes over the presidency in mid-September 2011 as the 66th session of the Assembly begins.

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UNGA Appoints UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for Second Term [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Sectretary-General21 June 2011: Acting on the recommendation of the Security Council, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has unanimously appointed UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for a second five-year term beginning 1 January 2012.

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Secretary-General Issues Report on Oceans and Law of the Sea [viewed]

UN Division for Oceans Affairs and the law of the SeaJune 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has released a report of the Secretary-General on “Oceans and the Law of the Sea,” ahead of the 12th meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process (ICP) on Oceans and the Law of the Sea.

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UNGA Development Dialogue Discusses Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

14 June 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) hosted a Development Dialogue on 14 June 2011, in New York, US, to discuss the implementation and accountability of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with a focus on MDGs 4 and 5 on maternal and child health, and on how to advance the UN development agenda beyond 2015.

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