Governance

UN Secretary-General on President Obama's Inauguration: Towards a New Era of Strong Partnership [viewed]

21 January 2009: In a statement issued in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated Barack Obama on his inauguration as US President. He underlined that, increasingly, the challenges faced by the community of nations are global in scope and require collective responses, citing, inter alia, climate change, the food and energy crises, and human development.

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South Centre Releases Report on Climate Change Financing [viewed]

January 2009: South Centre, an intergovernmental think tank of developing countries, has released a report entitled “Developed Country Climate Financing Initiatives Weaken the UNFCCC,” which examines the level and delivery vehicles of public financing for climate change actions in developing countries from Annex I parties of the UNFCCC.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Calls on Transport Sector to Dramatically Change Direction [viewed]

Global Environment and Energy in Transport

15 January 2009: In a speech delivered at the Ministerial Conference on Global Environment and Energy in Transport, which took place in Tokyo, Japan, from 14-16 January 2009, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, stressed that a global deal on transport and climate change should be an integral part of the UNFCCC process.

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Czech EU Presidency Outlines Actions for Climate Protection [viewed]

Czech Presidency of the EU Council

6 January 2009: The Czech Republic, as is customary for the presiding country of the EU, has introduced the priorities and work programme for its six month Presidency, which will take place from January-June 2009.

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UN Secretary-General: Climate Change is the “One True Existential Threat to Our Planet” [viewed]

UN Press Release

12 January 2009: In his first press conference of the year, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that 2009 is “the year of climate change.” He stressed that the climate change summit in Copenhagen is only 11 months away and indicated that he would engage world leaders on the key issues in the negotiations, beginning later this month at the World Economic Forum in Davos and working toward a high-level meeting on the margins of the general debate in September.

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UNFCCC Prepares Summary Table of Deadlines for Information Submission [viewed]

UNFCCC

9 January 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a note as a reference tool for parties to facilitate the early submission of information and views requested by the Conference of the Parties, the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol and subsidiary bodies.

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2009 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting to Focus on Climate Change [viewed]

January 2009: The 2009 annual meeting of the World Economic Forum will take place from 28 January 2009-1 February 2009, in Davos, Switzerland, under the theme “Shaping the Post-Crisis World.” 

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Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2009 to Consider Copenhagen [viewed]

January 2009: The Delhi Sustainable Development Summit will take place from 4-7 February 2009, in New Delhi, India, and will focus on the theme “Towards Copenhagen: An Equitable and Ethical Approach.” The meeting will seek to find equitable and ethical approaches to arrive at a global consensus on climate change beyond 2012 and will gather heads of state and government, ministers and dignitaries from around the world.

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UNEP's Global Green New Deal Gains Momentum with Investments from Japan and South Korea [viewed]

 Japan and the Republic of Korea Launch Green New Deals

9 January 2009: In an effort to spur economic growth, Japan and the Republic of Korea have both announced plans to invest billions of dollars in green projects. Speaking about the countries' plans, Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), noted that investments in clean technologies and renewable energy infrastructure can “counter recession and unemployment” and lay the basis for more sustainable economic growth in the 21st century.

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UNEP: World Anticipates Changes in US Climate Policy, Copenhagen [viewed]

UN Environment Programme (UNEP) December 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) reports that, after a year where weather-related disasters resulted in approximately US$200 billion in damages, many are anticipating 2009 to be a year of progress in the fight against climate change. In particular, many are looking towards the new US administration to make big changes with regard to climate change policy.

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