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UNCCD COP 9 Considers Links with Climate Change during High-Level Segment [viewed]

L-R: Lincoln Ralechate Mokose, Minister of Forestry and Land Reclamation, Lesotho; Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD; Sherry Ayittey, Ministry of Forestry and Environment, Ghana; Sergio La Rocca, Under-Secretary of Planning and Environmental Policy of Argentina; Octavio Pérez Pardo, Director of Soil Conservation, Argentina; Clemente Dlamini, Ministry of Environment, Swaziland; and Ramadham Saif Kajembe, Ministry of Forestry and Environment, Kenya29 September 2009: The high-level segment of the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 9) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) conducted a roundtable discussion on “Desertification/land degradation and climate change – what role for the land in the ongoing negotiations for a new climate change regime at Copenhagen?” The two-day segment, which convened from 28-29 September 2009, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, brought together participants from over 60 States.

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UN Secretary-General Optimistic about Progress on Climate Change [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon29 September 2009: Addressing a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was optimistic about the UN's central role on major issues including the climate change negotiations, nuclear disarmament and the financial crisis.

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CARICOM Mini-Summit Addresses Climate Change [viewed]

© CARICOM26 September 2009: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member States held a mini-summit with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 26 September 2009, in New York. Climate change was among the issues addressed.

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UNDESA and Regional Development Banks Launch Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport [viewed]

25 September 2009: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank are among more than 30 members of the new Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT).

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Greater Role of Women in Climate Change Decision-Making [viewed]

24 September 2009: In a message to the high-level event on “Peace and Security through Women's Leadership: Acting on 1325 and Climate Change,” organized in New York by Finland and Liberia, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on UN member States to give women a greater say in addressing climate change challenges as equal partners in global discussions.

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Heads of State Pledge to Take Action on REDD [viewed]

© UN-REDD23 September 2009: On the sidelines of the opening of the 64th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hosted a high-level event on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). Many Heads of State and government in attendance committed to take action on this issue.

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UN Summit on Climate Change Discusses Measures to Help the Most Vulnerable and Emission Reduction Targets [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon greets US President Barack Obama as he arrives for the Climate Change Summit - © UN22 September 2009: The UN Summit on Climate Change convened in New York, US, on 22 September 2009, bringing together approximately 100 Heads of State and government. At the close of the Summit, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced optimism that negotiations for a new climate agreement are on the “right track,” but also warned that momentum must be maintained to ensure success in Copenhagen.

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UN Leadership Forum Discusses Private Sector Role in Climate Change Solution [viewed]

© UN22 September 2009: Organized by the UN Global Compact in collaboration with several UN organizations, the UN Leadership Forum brought chief executives together with Government leaders during a lunch event to hear how business would be part of the solution on climate change.

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UN Secretary-General Underscores Need for Collective Action [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon21 September 2009: On the eve of the Summit on Climate Change, to be held on 22 September 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the urgent need for collective action to save the planet.

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UNDESA Prepares Policy Briefs on Climate Change Topics [viewed]

© UN DESAAugust 2009: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) has prepared a series of Policy Briefs on a range of topics related to climate change, including: the energy challenge; industrial policies to face climate and development challenges; financing mitigation and adaption; climate justice; approaches and resources for multidimensional climate change threats; and technology transfer climate change: Beyond TRIPS.

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