Governance

ESCWA's Third Technical Committee Focuses on Climate Change and Its Repercussions [viewed]

© ESCWA22 July 2009: The Third Technical Committee of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA) opened in Beirut, Lebanon, on 21 July 2009, and focused on the financial crisis, food security, climate change and other issues.

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UN-HABITAT Executive Director Signs the “Seal the Deal” Petition [viewed]

© UN22 July 2009: Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, has signed the “Seal the Deal” climate change petition, which calls on world leaders to negotiate a fair, balanced and effective agreement at the upcoming 15th session of the Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC in Copenhagen in December 2009.

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UNCCD Prepares Report of “Land Day” [viewed]

© UNCCD21 July 2009: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has prepared a report on the “Land Day” event it sponsored on 6 June 2009, in Bonn, Germany.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Parties' Submissions for AWG-KP 9 [viewed]

© UNFCCC17 July 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released three submissions by parties containing further views and proposals relating to amendments to the Kyoto Protocol pursuant to its Article 3, paragraph 9, and a text on other issues outlined in document FCCC/KP/AWG/2008/8.

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IPCC Chair at UN Press Conference: G8 Leaders Did Not Take IPCC Recommendations into Account [viewed]

© IPCC20 July 2009: During a press conference held at UN Headquarters in New York, US, Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said he was encouraged by the climate pledges made by G8 leaders at their recent meeting in L'Aquila, Italy, but expressed his concern that their general commitments fell short of what was required by science.

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CDM Executive Board Report Published [viewed]

© UNFCCC18 July 2009: The report of the 48th meeting of the Executive Board (EB) of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which was held from 14-17 July 2009, in St. Georges, Grenada, is now available. Participants considered, inter alia: matters relating to the registration of CDM projects; accreditation of operational entities; and methodologies for baselines and monitoring plans.

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Final Determination Regarding a JI Project Design Document (PDD) and Publication of a JI PDD [viewed]

© UNFCCC15 July 2009: The project design document (PDD) for the Joint Implementation (JI) project “Nitrous Oxide Emission Reduction Project at GP Nitric Acid Plant in AB Achema Fertiliser Factory” has been deemed final, pursuant to decision 9/CMP.1 (JI guidelines), which provides that a PDD determination shall be deemed final 45 days after the date on which it is made public, unless a request for its review is submitted. The period for requesting a review of the determination regarding this PDD has ended, and the determination is therefore deemed final.

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ECOSOC Discusses Climate Change During Annual Substantive Segment [viewed]

© ECOSOC16 July 2009: On 14 July 2009, the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) conducted a round table discussion on the theme “Towards a UN comprehensive response to the challenges of climate change” as part of its Coordination Segment, and on 15 July 2009, the Operational Activities Segment opened with a thematic panel discussion on “The current economic, food and climate change crises and their effects on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals: the role of the UN System's support to national efforts.”

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Press Conference on Climate Talks at G8 Summit Held at UN Headquarters [viewed]

15 July 2009: At a press conference on the results of the recent meeting of the Group of Eight (G8) and the Major Economies Forum (MEF), which took place in Italy, Janos Pasztor, Director of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team, underscored that countries still had some “formidable differences” to bridge in order to “seal a deal” in Copenhagen in December. Among the key outcomes of these meetings, he referred to: the two degrees Celsius target endorsed by the leaders attending; the agreement to establish a global partnership to drive transformational low-carbon, climate-friendly technologies; the promise to increase dramatically the necessary investments in research and development; and the consideration of establishing a “Green Fund.”

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UN Secretary-General Calls for the Non-Aligned Movement's Support to Move Toward a Greener Economy [viewed]

© NAM15 July 2009: In a speech to the High-Level Segment of the 15th Non-Aligned Movement Summit, which took place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, from 15-16 July 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that, just as when the Non-Aligned Movement was founded, the world today faces complex crises threatening development and security. He pointed to the severe economic and financial crisis, and the effort to “Seal the Deal” on climate change in Copenhagen later this year.

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