Governance

UN Secretary-General Calls on South Africa to Show Leadership on Climate Change [viewed]

25 February 2009: During his meeting with South African President Kgalema Motlanthe, in Pretoria, South Africa, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon indicated that his trip to Africa was aimed at reaching out to countries that have a potential leadership role in confronting global challenges, including climate change.

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CDM EB Calls for Accreditation Panel Members [viewed]

18 February 2009: The Executive Board (EB) of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), at its 45th meeting, held from 11-13 February 2009, agreed to launch a call for experts to replace two outgoing members of the CDM Accreditation Panel, with a view to preparing a shortlist for consideration by the Board at its 47th meeting.

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UNFF to Consider Forests and Climate Change [viewed]

February 2009: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat has posted additional documents in preparation for its eighth session, which will convene from 20 April-1 May 2009, in New York, US. These include discussion papers submitted by the Major Groups, and advance unedited reports on, inter alia: forests and climate change; forest degradation and desertification; and recommendations for forests in a changing environment.

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UNEP GC25/GMEF Takes Decisions on Climate, International Environmental Governance and Mercury [viewed]

25th Session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum

23 February 2009: Delegates to the 25th Session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC25/GMEF), which met from 16-20 February 2009, in Nairobi, Kenya, took 17 decisions including on international environmental governance, a significantly increased UNEP budget, support to Africa on climate change, and mercury. In the decision on support to Africa, the GC requests the UNEP Executive Director to work with the UN Economic Commission for Africa to provide technical support to the African Climate Policy Centre once established, and to promote the mainstreaming of climate change into social and economic development processes. On coordination within the UN, the GC welcomes the Executive Director's efforts as chair of the UN Environment Management Group, including in promoting the UN's commitment in moving towards climate neutrality. In addition, the GC approved funding to support climate change activities.

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UNEP Report Finds Climate Change Could Generate New Conflicts [viewed]

Over Forty Per cent of Intrastate Conflicts Linked to Natural Resources, Says UNEP Report

20 February 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report titled “From Conflict to Peacebuilding - The Role of Natural Resources and the Environment.”

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Documents for AWG-KP7 [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat

18 February 2009: In preparation for the seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP7), scheduled to take place from 29 March-8 April 2009, in Bonn, Germany, the UNFCCC Secretariat has released the provisional agenda and annotations for the meeting (FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/1).

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EC Funds Transatlantic Dialogue on Climate Change and Security [viewed]

February 2009: The European Commission (EC) is funding the Transatlantic Dialogue on Climate Change and Security, which will be launched on 25 February 2009, by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in Washington DC, US.

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UNEP's Climate Neutral Network Gains 100th Participant [viewed]

 One Year Old and One Hundred Strong - Copenhagen becomes the 100th participant of the UNEP Climate Neutral Network

19 February 2009: The City of Copenhagen, which will host the UN Climate Change Conference later this year, became the 100th participant in the Climate Neutral Network (CN Net). CN Net is an initiative of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) that promotes low-carbon economies and involves cities, companies, non-governmental organizations, countries and UN agencies. Other additions to CN Net include Microsoft, Daejeon, South Korea, the Norwegian County of Aust-Agder, Deutsche Bank and News Limited.

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First JI Project Verifier Accredited [viewed]

18 February 2009: The Kyoto Protocol's joint implementation (JI) mechanism has accredited its first third party verifier, TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH, which will determine the acceptability of emission reduction projects and verify emission reductions achieved.

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UN Secretary-General: Progress in Disarmament Could Free Up Resources to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters

18 February 2009: In an address to the UN Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters, which is holding its 51st session from 18-20 February 2009, in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that progress towards disarmament would free up resources to meet other challenges.

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