Governance

Informal Ministerial Consultations Held in Preparation for COP14 [viewed]

Cop09 14 October 2008: More than 40 environment ministers and

high-level representatives held talks in Warsaw, Poland, from 13-14 October

2008, to prepare for the 14th Conference of the Parties (COP14) to the UNFCCC,

scheduled to take place in December 2008 in Poznań, Poland. During the informal

consultations, which were chaired by Maciej Nowicki, Minister of Environment of

Poland and future COP14 President, participants underscored that Poznań will be

a milestone for the new global climate agreement and agreed that the current

financial crisis should not hinder efforts to tackle climate change.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Urgent Multilateral Action [viewed]

13 October 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called

for “deep and systemic” reforms based on inclusive multilateralism for a global

financial system that can better meet the challenges of the 21st century.

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UNDP Releases Briefing Papers on the Bali Action Plan Negotiations [viewed]

October 2008: As part of its project to strengthen national

capacity in developing countries to assess climate change policy alternatives,

the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Environment and Energy Group has released a

series of papers on the Bali Action Plan negotiations.

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UN Secretary-General: Climate Change Spares No One [viewed]

10 October 2008: In a message for UN Day, to be observed on

24 October 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that the global

threats of the 21st century, including climate change and the spread of disease

and deadly weapons, “spare no one.”

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary: Financial Crisis Could Redirect Investments to Fund “Green” Growth [viewed]

Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change 10 October 2008: In a press conference given in New York, US, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, stated that the current global market crisis could provide an opportunity for the world financial system to reconstruct itself to promote “green” growth.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary and Jeffry Sachs Discuss How to Best Address Climate Change [viewed]

A high-level discussion on the role of the Kyoto Protocol's flexible mechanisms held at Columbia University in New York

9 October 2008: At a special event at Columbia University in

New York, US, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer and economist Jeffrey

Sachs discussed whether a carbon market or carbon taxes are the best way to cut

greenhouse gas emissions.

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CDM Executive Board Releases Proposed Agenda and Work Programme of its 43rd Meeting [viewed]

8 October 2008: The proposed agenda and annotations,

together with the draft work programme, for the 43rd meeting of the Executive

Board (EB43) of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) are now available on the

CDM website.

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Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stresses that Climate Change Increases Frequency of Disasters [viewed]

John Holmes, Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator

7 October 2008: On the eve of International Day for Disaster

Reduction, during a news conference in New York, US, UN Under-Secretary-General

for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes

underlined the cost-effectiveness of reinforcing hospitals to make them safe

from disasters. He explained that the Day aims to raise awareness of the

inter-connection between disaster reduction and climate change prevention,

mitigation and preparedness.

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UN Secretary-General's Annual Report: UN Uniquely Placed to Lead Efforts Against Climate Change [viewed]

UN poised to tackle some of today's most pressing challenges – Ban 7 October 2008: In his second annual report on the work of

the Organization (A/63/1), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon notes the UN's

unique place to lead the response to global threats, in particular: climate

change, counter-terrorism, disarmament and non-proliferation, and global

health.

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UN Secretary-General: Climate Change is the “Defining Challenge of Our Era” [viewed]

7 October 2008: In a press conference at the UN Headquarters

in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon characterized climate change

as the “defining challenge of our era,” and warned that the fight against this

challenge risks being “obscured by shorter-term problems, and in particular the

deepening financial crisis.” He expressed the hope that the climate

negotiations scheduled to take place in December 2008 in Poznan, Poland, will

result in increased cooperation and agreement on a timeframe of work, as well

as “a strong willingness” by developed and developing countries to lead on this

issue.

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