Governance

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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UNFCCC Executive-Secretary and UNEP Executive Director Call for Broad Agreement in Copenhagen [viewed]

 Davos Climate Focus: Ban Urges Leaders to Think Green & Steiner Promotes Design for Good

30 January 2009: UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner participated in a panel on “Rising to the Challenge of Copenhagen,” at the World Economic Forum on 29 January 2009, in Davos, Switzerland. The panel was moderated by Thomas L. Friedman, Foreign Affairs Columnist, The New York Times, and included Jacques Aigrain, Swiss Re CEO, Al Gore, former US Vice-President and Nobel Laureate, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark, and Jeroen van der Veer, Royal Dutch Shell CEO.

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ECA Executive Secretary Urges African Participation at COP 15 [viewed]

Statement by Mr. Abdoulie Janneh, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ECA

29 January 2009: In a statement delivered at the 14th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union, taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Abdoulie Janneh, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), noted that although Africa' s economic performance is commendable, it is not sufficient to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and the continent now faces the pressing challenges of global financial crisis, climate change and the maintenance of peace and security. He stressed that the continent will bear most of the burden of climate change, and called for mainstreaming mitigation, adaptation, financing and technology issues into the African policy agenda.

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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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UNDP Welcomes Davos Emphasis on Climate Change [viewed]

UN Development Programme (UNDP)

29 January 2009: Commenting on the message on climate change “Shaping an Opportunity Out of Crisis” issued to the participants at the World Economic Forum taking place in Davos, Switzerland, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) welcomed the emphasis placed on addressing climate change at this year's edition of the event. 

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NATO Secretary General addresses Impacts of Climate Change on Arctic Region [viewed]

NATO Secretary General addresses Impacts of Climate Change on Arctic Region

29 January 2009: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer addressed a Seminar on Security Prospects in the High North, underscoring that the Arctic ice cap melting causes changes that will affect the whole international community, and suggested that NATO could contribute to addressing this problem through its participation in relief operations and utilizing the opportunities inherent to the NATO-Russia Council.

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European Commission Releases Proposals for “Comprehensive Climate Change Agreement in Copenhagen” [viewed]

European Commission

28 January 2009: The European Commission has released a communication entitled “Towards a comprehensive climate change agreement in Copenhagen,” which sets out proposals to achieve the EU's objective to ensure that global average temperature does not increase more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels. It addresses three key challenges: targets by developed countries and appropriate actions by developing countries; the need to address the financing of actions by developing countries (both to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change); and the need to build an effective global carbon market.

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UNEP Reports on the US Administration's Appointment of Climate Envoy [viewed]

27 January 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has reported on the Obama Administration's appointment of Todd Stern as Special Envoy on climate change. In this position, the former senior White House negotiator in the Kyoto and Buenos Aires climate talks will be the chief climate negotiator in UN and other climate sessions.

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G-20 Summit to Consider a Low-Carbon Economy [viewed]

 G-20 summit in April will look at boosting low-carbon economy

27 January 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has reported that a summit of the leaders of 20 major economies (G-20) on the financial crisis will convene on 2 April 2009, in London, UK, and will include discussions on the creation of a low-carbon economy.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Addresses UK Parliamentarians: 2009 the Year of Climate Change and of Opportunity [viewed]

UNFCCC Executive Secretary: “2009, the year of climate change, is also the year of opportunity.”

26 January 2009: In an address to UK Parliamentarians, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, underlined that the need for urgent action on climate change has become “abundantly clear” and that a political solution to the world's most pressing problem is critical for humanity's further development as a whole, and especially for the world's poorest and most vulnerable. Recognizing that the Poznan climate conference of December 2008 had not been marked by any major political outcomes, he noted that it made progress in a number of specific areas of work, including the adoption of the Poznan Strategic Programme on Technology Transfer and the operationalization of the Adaptation Fund, and fully endorsed an intensified negotiating schedule for 2009. 

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