UN Secretariat

UN Commission for Social Development Warns Against Impacts of Climate Change on the Most Vulnerable [viewed]

Ambassador Kirsti Lintonen of Finland, Chairperson of Commission for Social Development

4 February 2009: The UN Commission for Social Development is holding its 47th session from 4-13 February 2009, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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UN Statistical Commission to Address Climate Change-Related Statistics [viewed]

February 2009: The UN Statistical Commission will hold its 40th session from 24-27 February 2009, in New York, US. During the meeting, the Commission will discuss a report prepared by the Australian Bureau of Statistics titled “Report of the programme reviewer on climate change and official statistics” (E/CN.3/2009/2), containing a programme review of climate change related statistics.

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UN Secretary-General Emphasizes Africa's Active Participation in Climate Negotiations [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

2 February 2009: In an address to the Summit of the African Union (AU) taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that his consistent message to the developed world is not to lose sight of the most vulnerable while addressing the financial crisis, and to maintain their commitment to fight climate change. 

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UN Secretary-General in Davos: Climate Change is “only one truly existential threat” [viewed]

UN, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

29 January 2009: In two events delivered at the World Economic Forum taking place in Davos, Switzerland, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that within the current multiple crises, climate change is the “only one truly existential threat” and called on the world's leaders to use the current economic crisis to launch a new Global Compact entailing a “Green New Deal.”

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UNDESA to Release WESS 2009 on Climate Change and Development [viewed]

January 2009: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) will launch the World Economic and Social Survey 2009-Climate Change and Development (WESS 2009) around mid-2009, to be available to the UNFCCC process, in particular, the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009.

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UN Secretary-General on President Obama's Inauguration: Towards a New Era of Strong Partnership [viewed]

21 January 2009: In a statement issued in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated Barack Obama on his inauguration as US President. He underlined that, increasingly, the challenges faced by the community of nations are global in scope and require collective responses, citing, inter alia, climate change, the food and energy crises, and human development.

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Documentary on the UN Calls for Global Efforts to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

Kiyotaka Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information

21 January 2009: A new documentary on the work of the UN entitled “Planet UN” had its world premiere at the Organization's Headquarters in New York, US. The film calls for unprecedented and concerted global efforts to confront threats such as the food, energy and financial crises, climate change and nuclear threats.

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UN Prepares for High-Level Meeting on Food Security for All [viewed]

David Nabarro, coordinator of the Secretary-General's High-Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis

19 January 2009: UN officials and representatives of international agencies belonging to the High-Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis, ministers and several Heads of State will convene from 26-27 January 2009, in Madrid, Spain, for a High-Level Meeting on Food Security for All. Hosted by the Spanish Government, the meeting will review progress since the “High-Level Conference on World Food Security: The Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy,” held in June 2008, during which 181 States and the European Community pledged to alleviate the suffering caused by soaring food prices, stimulate agricultural development and food production, and address obstacles to food access.

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UN Secretary-General: Climate Change is the “One True Existential Threat to Our Planet” [viewed]

UN Press Release

12 January 2009: In his first press conference of the year, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that 2009 is “the year of climate change.” He stressed that the climate change summit in Copenhagen is only 11 months away and indicated that he would engage world leaders on the key issues in the negotiations, beginning later this month at the World Economic Forum in Davos and working toward a high-level meeting on the margins of the general debate in September.

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UN Launches Campaign on Internally Displaced Persons, Including Those Affected by Climate Change [viewed]

IDPs in North Kivu (Democratic Republic of the Congo) 18 December 2008: The UN has launched a year-long advocacy campaign to help millions of internally displaced persons (IDPs), which represent 1% of the world's population, focusing on mitigating the impact of conflict and natural disasters.

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