Governance

UN Secretary-General at G20 Summit Underlines Potential to Spur Green Growth [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets today with Madeleine Albright, former United States Secretary of State, ahead of G-20 meeting 17 November 2008: On 14 and 15 November 2008, UN

Secretary-General was in Washington, DC, US, to take part in the Group of 20

(G20) Financial Summit. In a statement to the assembled leaders, Ban Ki-moon

stated that “today's financial crisis should not evolve into tomorrow's human

crisis,” adding that leaders should not use it to justify neglecting other

critical issues such as poverty and hunger, the food crisis, and climate

change.

read more »

UNFCCC Releases Report on GHG Emissions in Industrialized Countries [viewed]

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 17 November 2008: The UN Framework Convention on Climate

Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat issued its report on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

in industrialized countries, which finds that emissions in these countries

continue to rise.

read more »

CDM Executive Board Releases Annotated Agenda for its 44th Meeting [viewed]

12 November 2008: The proposed annotated agenda for the 44th

meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board has been

released.

read more »

UN Secretary-General: “Financial Crisis is Most Immediate, the More Existential is Climate Change” [viewed]

Nukunonu Atoll seaside, one of the regions of the world vulnerable to climate change. Photo credit, United Nations. 11 November 2008: In a joint op-ed piece published in The International Herald Tribune on 10 November 2008 with Indonesian President

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and Danish Prime

Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for the

summit on the global financial crisis, scheduled to be held on 15 November

2008, in Washington DC, US, to seize the opportunity to tackle global warming.

read more »

US Governors to Convene Governors' Global Climate Summit [viewed]

Governors' Global Climate Summit November 2008: California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and other US governors are co-hosting the Governors' Global Climate Summit, which will convene in Los Angeles, California, US, from 18-19 November 2008. In addition to government and sub-national “climate leaders” from, inter alia, China, India, the US, Brazil, Mexico and Canada, participants will include representatives from non-governmental organizations, academia and the private sector.

read more »

ITTC-44 Discusses UNFCCC Forest-Related Developments, Provides Funds for Forest-Sector Response to Climate Change [viewed]

Katarina Kuehmayer, ITTC-44 Chair, congratulates Michael Maue, Papua New Guinea, on his nomination as Chair of the ITTC for 2009. 8 November 2008: Participants to the 44th session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC), which was held in Yokohama, Japan, from 3-8 November 2008, discussed developments under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) regarding forests and their potential implications for tropical forests and the world tropical timber economy, but did not adopt a decision on this agenda item.

read more »

UNEP Co-sponsors Conference on Military's Role in Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

3 November 2008: The UN Environment Programme, (UNEP), with

the EU Member States Defense Environment Network, the US Department of Defense,

the Institute for Environmental Security, the US Environmental Protection

Agency, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Institute

for Defense Analysis, and the Environment and Security Initiative, is

co-sponsoring a meeting from 3-5 November 2008 in Paris, France, on “The

Importance of Military Organizations in Protecting the Climate: 2008.”

read more »

UNGA Considers 2008 Report of Economic and Social Council [viewed]

3 November 2008: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) debated the

Report of the Economic and Social Council for 2008 (document A/63/3 and

A/63/255), and the report of the Secretary-General on the Role of the Economic

and Social Council in the integrated and coordinated implementation of and

follow-up to the outcomes of the major United Nations conferences and summits,

in the light of relevant General Assembly resolutions, including resolution

61/16 (document A/63/63-E/2008/77).

read more »

OECD Releases Paper on Role of Public Finance in Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

24 October 2008: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation

and Development (OECD) has released a discussion paper entitled “What Role for

Public Finance in Climate Change Mitigation,” which considers how public

finance in developed countries can best be used to support climate change

mitigation in developing countries.

read more »

UN Secretary-General Underlines the Economic Rationale for “Green Growth” [viewed]

Secretary-General Delivers Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture 30 October 2008: In a lecture delivered at the Rajiv Gandhi

Foundation in New Delhi, India, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined

that the financial crisis should not “become an excuse for deferring or backing

away from our fight against climate change.”

read more »