Governance

UN Secretary-General Rides Solar-Powered Car to UN Headquarters [viewed]

Secretary-Genetral Ban-Ki moon driven to work by Solartaxi, a fully solar powered car. UN Photo/Mark Garten 12 September 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon rode a

“Solartaxi,” a fully solar-powered car, from his home in New York to UN

Headquarters, as part of his efforts to raise awareness of climate change and

promote environmentally-friendly technologies.

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Third Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board Convenes [viewed]

Adaptation Fund Board Convenes 15 September 2008: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) is

holding its third meeting from 15-18 September 2008, at the United Nations

Campus in Bonn, Germany. At its second meeting in June, the Board adopted a

Work Plan for 2008, Legal Arrangements for the Adaptation Fund (AF)

Secretariat, an outline for Operational Policies and Guidelines for Parties to

Access Resources from the AF, and Roles and Responsibilities of Implementing

and Executing Entities.

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Developed Countries to Lead the Global Warming Initiative [viewed]

Ban encourages new graduates to have global perspective on today's challenges 10 September 2008: In a speech at Fairleigh Dickinson University, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki moon outlined the challenges of the world today, including climate change, the food and energy crises, and the fear of a global financial crisis.

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Lecture by Yvo de Boer: “The need for global low-emissions economic development” at Korea Green Foundation [viewed]

Lecture by Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary<br /> United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change “The need for global low-emissions economic development”

9 September 2008: In a lecture given at the Korea Green

Foundation, in Seoul, Republic of Korea, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, provided an overview of climate change science and the state-of-play of negotiations under the Bali

Road Map. Noting that the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol will

end in 2012 and that science predicts warming will happen faster than

previously thought, he called for international action to combat climate change

to be “stepped up significantly.”

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Legal Experts Identify Need for New Rules to Govern Polar Regions [viewed]

Experts meet on need for new rules to govern world's fragile polar regions 7 September 2008: Experts gathered from 7-9 September 2008,

in Akureyri, Iceland, for the Polar Law Symposium, hosted by the UN University

(UNU) and the University of Akureyri, to discuss new challenges arising in the

Arctic and Antarctic.

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CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin Issue 5 Released [viewed]

CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin, Issue No. 5

5 September 2008: IISD Reporting Services is pleased to

announce that the newest issue of CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin is now available. To

access the fifth issue directly, click here.

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IEA Praises the EU's Climate Policy, Calls for Increased R&D Funding [viewed]

4 September 2008: In its review of EU energy policies, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has concluded that the regional grouping is a leader in climate change mitigation through its “bold and innovative” energy policies, and welcomes the European Commission's “climate and energy package” proposed in January 2008.

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UNIDO Director-General Stresses Developing Countries' Need to Participate in Standardization Process [viewed]

Dr. Kandeh Yumkella, UNIDO Director-General September 2008: In a contribution to the September 2008 special issue of the ISO Focus magazine, Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), notes the lack of capacity of most developing countries to participate in the global trade of manufactured goods.

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Second Meeting of the World Climate Conference-3 International Organizing Committee Underway [viewed]

2 September 2008: The second meeting of the third World

Climate Conference's International Organizing Committee (WIOC) is taking place

in Geneva, Switzerland, from 3-5 September 2008.

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UNEP Executive Director Says Weather Events Underscore Need to “Climate-Proof” Vulnerable Economies [viewed]

Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) 2 September 2008: Reacting to Hurricane Gustav and recent

flooding in India, Achim Steiner, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive

Director and UN Under-Secretary-General, released a statement underscoring the

human and economic costs caused by weather events linked to climate change.

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