UN Secretariat

On-line Inventory of UN System Activities on Climate Change Launched [viewed]

27 March 2009: The UN Department of Public Information (DPI) has launched an On-line Inventory of UN System Activities on Climate Change. The inventory is available through the Gateway to the UN System's Work on Climate Change, and is intended to provide information on activities underway throughout the UN system in response to the global climate change challenge.

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Under-Secretary-General Highlights Water-Climate Links at World Water Forum [viewed]

UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang

17 March 2009: UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang addressed several audiences at the fifth World Water Forum, which met from 16-22 March 2009, in Istanbul, Turkey. During the opening ceremony, he suggested “four strategic actions on bridging divides for water,” including engaging with other policy communities on the nexus between water challenges and climate change, accelerating progress in climate change adaptation, and improving human and institutional capacity backed by adequate financial resources.

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UN Expert Calls for Protection for Displaced People Worldwide at Human Rights Council Session [viewed]

Internally displaced persons in Somalia

13 March 2009: Speaking at the tenth session of the Human Rights Council, which is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 2-27 March 2009, Water Kalin, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), stated that over 26 million people are estimated to have been displaced by natural disasters and conflicts worldwide.

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Wealthy Nations to Adopt “Green” Stimulus Packages [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

13 March 2009: On the occasion of the 31st annual Lions Day at the UN, celebrated in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon explained that he will attend the G20 Summit in April in London, UK, where he would remind leaders of the developed world of the need to fulfill their promises to the most vulnerable people and for their stimulus packages to be “green” in order to help combat climate change by including investments in clean energy, renewable energy and energy efficiency.

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UN Deputy Secretary-General Calls for “Climate-Proofing” the MDGs [viewed]

UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro

11 March 2009: In a speech titled “Navigating the Shifting Sands of Globalization,” delivered at a conference convened jointly by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, in Dar es Salaam, UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro underlined the need to acknowledge the gravity of the current challenges facing Africa, including climate change and the food and energy crises.

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UN Secretary-General and US President Stress Need for Agreement on Climate Change [viewed]

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UN Secretary-General Discusses Food Security and Climate Change at UNIS-UN Conference [viewed]

UN International School's UNIS-UN

6 March 2009: Speaking at the annual UN International School's UNIS-UN conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed the linkages between food security and climate change. The conference, which gathered students from around the world, convened from 5-6 March 2009, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, under the theme “The Food Crisis: A Global Challenge.”

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Marrakech Process: Second Newsletter Released [viewed]

Marrakech Process

February 2009: The second newsletter for the Marrakech Process has been released. The UN Environment Programme and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs are the lead agencies for this global multi-stakeholder process to promote sustainable consumption and production (SCP).

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CSD17 IPM Addresses Climate Change in the Context of Sustainable Agriculture, Drought and Desertification [viewed]

CSD-17 Chair Gerda Verburg (the Netherlands)

27 February 2009: The Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting (IPM) for the 17th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD17) took place from 23-27 February 2009, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The IPM's role was to provide a forum to discuss policy options and possible actions to enable the implementation of measures and policies concerning agriculture, rural development, land, drought, desertification and Africa – the thematic issues under consideration during the CSD16/CSD17 two-year “implementation cycle.”

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UN Secretary-General in Tanzania: No Region Will be More Affected by Climate Change Than Africa [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the diplomatic corps, academic community and the media in Tanzania

26 February 2009: In a lecture titled “Dealing with a Changing World - African Solutions to Africa's Challenges,” delivered in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that Africa will be particularly affected by climate change. He also recalled that he had declared 2009 the year of climate change, both because of the Copenhagen Conference in December and because of the need for a global green new deal to address the economic crisis. 

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