Governance

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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Germany Increases Support to UNEP's Clean Energy and Climate Change Adaptation Efforts [viewed]

German Government Invests $18 Million to Support Clean Energy and Climate Change Adaptation 3 October 2008: During a meeting with UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner, at UNEP's headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, German Federal Minister for the Environment Sigmar Gabriel announced that his country will increase its funding for the organization's work on clean energy and climate proofing vulnerable economies.

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OECD Holds High-Level Parliamentary Seminar on Climate Change [viewed]

OECD High-level Parliamentary Seminar on Climate Change 2 October 2008: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Environment Directorate held a High-Level Parliamentary Seminar on Climate Change in Paris, France, on 2 October 2008.

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Third Global Congress of Women in Politics and Governance to Focus on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

October 2008: The Third Global Congress of Women in Politics

and Governance will convene in Manila, Philippines, from 19-22 October 2008,

with a focus on gender in climate change and disaster risk reduction.

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Climate Change Hinders Fight Against Poverty: UN Deputy Secretary-General Calls for New and Urgent Responses [viewed]

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro 29 September 2008: Speaking at a Ministerial Meeting of

Least Developing Countries (LDCs), taking place in New York, US, UN Deputy

Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro underlined that climate change and the food

and oil crises add new pitfalls to achieving the 10-year Brussels Programme of

Action.

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Secretary-General Urges Better Disaster Risk Reduction to Adapt to Climate Change [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

29 September 2008: Addressing the Ministerial Meeting on

Reducing Disaster risks in a Changing Climate, which took place in New York,

US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged enhanced efforts to reduce the

fall-out from natural disasters, noting that climate change leads to harsher

weather extremes.

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UN's Role in Climate Change Recognized [viewed]

Nicholas Haysom, Director for Political Affairs in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General

29 September 2008: Nicholas Haysom, Director for Political

Affairs in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, and Robert Orr, one

of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's top aides, highlighted during a news

conference that the role of the UN and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in global

crises is increasingly recognized.

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G-77 Chair: Climate Change Negotiations will be “a Tough Battle” [viewed]

Group of 77

26 September 2008: Speaking at the thirty-second meeting of

the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Group of 77 (G-77), Baldwin Spencer,

Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Antigua and Barbuda and Chair

of the G-77, welcomed the Group's continued efforts to strengthen its

solidarity and unity in advancing its development agenda. Referring to the

recent debates on climate change, he warned that the position of developed

countries with respect to development cooperation does not bode well, noting

that it will be “a tough battle.”

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