UN Intergovernmental Body

IPCC Calls for Comments on 33rd Session's Draft Report [viewed]

July 2011: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released the draft report of its 33rd session and is calling for comments by Governments by 15 September 2011.

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UNGA Debates Achieving the Right to Water in the Context of the MDGs [viewed]

29 July 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) concluded its debate on challenges to achieving the human right to water and sanitation in the context of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with some delegates stressing the impact of climate change on the realization of this right, in particular in least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS).

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UNGA Debate on Right to Water Highlights Impact of Climate Change [viewed]

27 July 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) held a debate on the human right to water and sanitation, during which a number of speakers highlighted that climate change constitutes an obstacle to the enjoyment of this right, stressing the particular situations of small island low-lying States.

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ECOSOC Establishes Committee on Global Geospatial Information Management [viewed]

27 July 2011: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has agreed to establish a committee of experts on global geospatial information management to coordinate international dialogue on spatial data infrastructures and enhance cooperation in that field.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses Meeting on Youth [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General25 July 2011: In his remarks to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-Level Meeting on Youth, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for making "sustainable development for all the defining issue of our time," and underlined that climate change can only be addressed within this broader framework.

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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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