Mitigation

UN Secretary-General Calls for Asia's Involvement in the Fight Against Climate Change [viewed]

16 June 2009: In a video message to the High-Level Dialogue: Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific, which was organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila, the Philippines, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recalled that 2009 is the year of climate change and listed its impacts in the Asian region, including shrinking glaciers that threaten water supplies and food security, rising sea levels, desertification and land degradation.

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"Cool UN" Initiative Resumes [viewed]

© ENB15 June 2009: In light of the success of the “Cool UN” initiative implemented during the summer of 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced that the programme will resume at UN Headquarters in New York, US, beginning on 15 June 2009 and continuing for a period of three months.

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OECD Secretary-General Promotes Green Growth as a Response to Financial Crisis [viewed]

© OECD15 June 2009: Angel Gurría, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Secretary-General, addressed the International Economic Forum of the Americas (Conference of Montreal) on 9 June 2009, presenting on “Energy and Sustainable Development in the Context of the Economic Crisis.”

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Applications Open in Self-Selection Process of Observers for World Bank Climate Funds [viewed]

© World Bank 15 June 2009: The application process has been opened in the self-selection process of civil society, indigenous peoples and business representatives to participate as observers in the World Bank's recently created Climate Investment Funds.

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UNESCO's “On the Frontlines of Climate Change” Discusses Early Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

© UNESCO13 June 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 in developing countries (REDD). The article, titled “The Drying of the Tana Delta, Kenya,” highlights perspectives from Kenya on early impacts of climate change.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Receives Kyoto Protocol Amendment Submissions [viewed]

12 June 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has received four submissions containing proposals for amendments to the Kyoto Protocol, which will be communicated to parties. The Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties (COP/MOP) to the Kyoto Protocol will consider these proposals at its fifth session in December 2009.

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UN Secretary-General at Saint Louis University: “We All Have a Stake in Fighting Climate Change” [viewed]

12 June 2009: In an address at Saint Louis University, Missouri, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored that climate change exacerbates the food crisis and called for urgent action to stop the planet from warming, noting the costs of inaction.

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ILO Conference Addresses Role of Green Jobs as a Driver for Environmental Protection [viewed]

© ILO8 June 2009: During the 98th session of the International Labour Conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO), taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 3-19 June 2009, the committee of the whole held a discussion on the role of green jobs in the current economic crisis as a driver for economic recovery, environmental protection and creation of decent work opportunities for all.

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Climate Change Talks Conclude in Bonn [viewed]

© ENB15 June 2009: The Bonn Climate Change Talks, which concluded in Germany on 12 June 2009, consisted of the 30th sessions of the UNFCCC's Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA); the sixth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 6); and the eighth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Protocol (AWG-KP 8).

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ITU Study Group on Environment and Climate Change Holds First Meeting [viewed]

© ITU5 June 2009: The International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) Study Group on Environment and Climate Change held its first meeting under its new name and mandate, from 25-29 May 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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