Governance

German Chancellor, OECD, WTO, ILO, IMF and World Bank Issue Joint Statement on the Global Economic Situation: Climate Change to Remain a Top Priority [viewed]

Joint statement by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the heads of five international organizations, including the OECD, ILO, IMF, WTO and the World Bank

5 February 2009: After a meeting held on 5 February 2009, in Berlin, Germany,  German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Heads of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank issued a joint statement on the global economic situation, in which they stress the need for the worldwide fight against climate change to remain “a top priority.”

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UNEP Report Highlights Climate Change's Threat to Water Sources [viewed]

 Hundreds of Millions of South Asians Face Increasing Water Stress

6 February 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Asian Institute of Technology have produced a report titled “Freshwater Under Threat: South Asia,” which highlights, inter alia, the threat climate change poses to the freshwater supply of hundreds of millions of people.

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Informal Consultations on Draft UNGA Resolution on Security and Climate Change Held [viewed]

6 February 2009: In a closed meeting convened by the Permanent Mission of Tonga and the Pacific Small Island Developing States, informal consultations were held on 6 February 2009, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on the UN General Assembly (UNGA) draft resolution on “Security and climate change” (A/63/L.8).

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Submissions by Parties on Fulfillment of the Bali Action Plan [viewed]

6 February 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has posted reports by a number of parties on fulfillment of the Bali Action Plan and the components of the agreed outcome to be adopted by the Conference of Parties at its 15th session: Sri Lanka (6 February); Cuba (5 February); Lebanon (4 February) and Saudi Arabia (2 February).

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UNFCCC Notifies of AWG-KP 7 and AWG-LCA 5 [viewed]

UNFCCC Notifies of AWG-KP 7 and AWG-LCA 5

5 February 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has notified parties and observer States to the UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol, UN specialized agencies, intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) of the forthcoming seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 7) and fifth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 5), which will take place in Bonn, Germany, from 29 March-8 April 2009. 

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UN Secretary-General and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Emphasize Accelerating Action on Climate Change in Statements at Delhi Sustainable Development Summit [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon received the Sustainable Development Leadership Award from H.E. Mr. Maumoon Abdul Gayoom

5 February 2009: During the 2009 Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, which is organized around the theme “Towards Copenhagen: an equitable and ethical approach” and is taking place from 5-7 February 2009, in New Delhi, India, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that ignoring or underestimating the threat of climate change would lead to increased poverty and hardship. Ban, who received the Sustainable Development Leadership Award at the Summit, underlined that tackling this challenge requires “all our leadership, all our commitment, all our ingenuity,” but that it also provides an “opportunity to make progress on a wide range of sustainable development issues.”

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Business Community to Take the Lead on Climate [viewed]

5 February 2009: Addressing a breakfast meeting of Chief Executive Officers, which took place ahead of the opening of the 2009 Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, in New Delhi, India, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon invited business community leaders to become “leaders to become pioneers in leading on climate change issues.”

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UNEP Executive Director Calls for US Leadership on Climate [viewed]

 Speech by UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs conference

4 February 2009: The “Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference: Making a Down Payment on the Green Economy” convened in Washington, DC, US, from 4-6 February 2009. Speaking at the conference, Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), highlighted the economic and employment implications of climate change, drew attention to the related initiatives launched by UNEP in 2008 (the Global Green New Deal and Green Economy initiatives), and called on the US to “champion the international cause of the Green Economy and of a transition to a low-carbon society.”

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Date and Venue for the Ninth Session of the AWG-KP and Seventh Session of the AWG-LCA Set [viewed]

February 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that, following consultations with the Chair of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP), Harald Dovland (Norway), and the Chair of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA), Michael Zammit Cutajar (Malta), and taking into account guidance provided by the Subsidiary Body for Implementation, the ninth session of the AWG-KP and the seventh session of the AWG-LCA will take place at the UN Conference Centre of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand, from 28 September-9 October 2009.

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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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