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DSD Seeks Submissions on Climate Change for Upcoming Issue of Natural Resources Forum Journal [viewed]

© UN30 May 2009: The UN Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has called for the submission of articles and viewpoints to be included in a special section on climate change in an upcoming issue of Natural Resources Forum: A United Nations Sustainable Development Journal.

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UNPFII Considers Climate Change and Land Tenure Issues [viewed]

© UNPFII29 May 2009: About 2,000 indigenous representatives, as well as representatives of member States, civil society, academia, some 35 UN entities and other intergovernmental organizations, participated in the eighth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), which convened from 18-29 May 2009, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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UN Secretary-General Discusses Climate Change with Finnish President [viewed]

© ENB26 May 2009: In a press conference while on an official visit in Helsinki, Finland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reported on his meeting with Finnish President Tarja Halonen.

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UNESCO's “On the Frontlines of Climate Change” Forum Discusses Indigenous Views and REDD [viewed]

© On the Frontlines of Climate Change19 May 2009: “On the Frontlines of Climate Change,” an internet forum launched by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), has published an article on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD).

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UN Secretary-General Urges Business Community to Help “Seal the Deal” [viewed]

© Copenhagen Climate Council26 May 2009: Speaking at the World Business Summit on Climate Change, which took place in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 24-26 May 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the over 500 participating business leaders to use their business acumen to urge government leaders to reach an agreement on reducing greenhouse gases at the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) in December 2009.

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UN Secretary-General on World Environment Day: Citizens Should Press Their Governments to Seal the Deal in Copenhagen [viewed]

26 May 2009: In a message to mark World Environment Day, which will be celebrated on 5 June under the theme “Your planet needs you,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that “the Earth faces the grave threat of climate change.”

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Conference on Sustainable Urbanization Addresses Impact of Climate Change on Sustainable Urban Planning [viewed]

© UN News service13 May 2009: The Conference on Sustainable Urbanization in the Information Age, Role of Infrastructure took place on 13 May 2009, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, to consider how better infrastructure planning could help achieve sustainable urban development.

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UN Secretary-General Highlights Role of Parliamentarians in Tackling Climate Change [viewed]

© IPU7 May 2009: In a message delivered to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Conference on the Global Economic Crisis, held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 7-8 May 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized the role that parliamentarians play in tackling some of the current global crises, including climate change, the financial crisis and the recent H1N1 flu outbreak.

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UNEP Grants Green Star Awards for Contributing to Stability of Post-Crisis Societies [viewed]

7 May 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Green Cross International and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) granted five inaugural Green Star Awards in Brussels, Belgium, on 7 May 2009. The Awards recognize the efforts of leaders who contribute to the stability of post-crisis societies.

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COP 15 Chair Briefs the Press on Prospects for Reaching a Global Agreement [viewed]

6 May 2009: In a press conference held at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on prospects for reaching a new global climate change agreement, Connie Hedegaard, Minister for Climate and Energy of Denmark, explained that she aimed to engage in dialogue with Heads of mission at the UN and with the UN Secretary-General on the importance of tackling the “crunch issues” of climate change, namely financing for adaptation and mitigation strategies.

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