Governance

UN Deputy Secretary-General: Climate Change Could Derail Africa's MDG Prospects [viewed]

21 October 2008: Speaking at the ninth Regional Consultation

Mechanism (RCM) meeting of UN agencies and organizations working in Africa,

which took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, UN Deputy Secretary-General

Asha-Rose Migiro warned that the global financial crisis, compounded by food

shortages and the effects of climate change, could “derail Africa's prospects”

of attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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UN Secretary-General Urges EU to Complete Energy and Climate Package, Addresses Financial and Climate Crises [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 22 October 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has

addressed the climate and financial crises in a number of meetings and

statements in the past two days. He has sent letters to the heads of the EU

states, encouraging the EU to conclude its energy and climate package by the

end of 2008, in order to provide a positive signal to the international

community in its negotiations on emission reduction commitments for the

post-2012 period.

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UN Global Compact and UNEP Convene First Meeting of ‘Caring for Climate' Initiative [viewed]

Nukunonu Atoll seaside, one of the regions of the world vulnerable to climate change 21 October 2008: Representatives of over 150 corporations,

civil society organizations, governments and UN agencies gathered in Geneva,

Switzerland, on 21 October 2008, for the first meeting of signatories to

‘Caring for Climate,' a voluntary global action platform jointly launched in

2007 by the UN Global Compact, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

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ECLAC Convenes Climate Change Seminar [viewed]

Concern Grows Over Impact of Climate Change on Economies in the Region 17 October 2008: The Economic Commission for Latin America

and the Caribbean (ECLAC) convened a seminar on "Climate change in Latin

America: Impact, Possibilities for Mitigation and Financing," from 15-16

October 2008, in Santiago, Chile. During the meeting, participants discussed

the possible imposition of trade barriers on products from the region due to

carbon emissions in their production and transportation and stressed the

urgency to mitigate the effects of climate change.

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Francophonie Pledges to Halve GHG Emissions by 2050 [viewed]

Francophonie Pledges to Halve GHG Emissions by 2050 20 October 2008: During the 12th Francophonie Summit, which

took place in Quebec City, Canada, from 17-19 October 2008, seventy

French-speaking nations and regional governments adopted the Quebec

Declaration.

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UN Secretary-General Urges Closer Relations Between UN and Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies [viewed]

United Nations 20 October 2008: In a message to the International

Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies' seventh Pan African

Conference, taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 19-22 October

2008, Cheick Sidi Diarra, the Secretary-General's High Representative for the

Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island

Developing States, on behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, called for

strengthening the relationship between the UN and the International Federation.

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G-8 Meeting to Address Financial Crisis [viewed]

18 October 2008: During a meeting on the sidelines of the

Francophonie Summit, which convened in Quebec City, Canada, from 17-19 October

2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and French President Nicolas Sarkozy

agreed on the need to hold an emergency G-8 summit to address the financial

crisis and ensure that its negative impact on the world's economies does not

undermine the major UN efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, to

fight against the effects of climate change and to address the food crisis.

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EEA Report: EU-15 on Track to Meet Kyoto Targets [viewed]

Greenhouse gas emission trends and projections in Europe 2008 16 October 2008: The European Environment Agency (EEA) released a report entitled “Greenhouse gas emission trends and projections in Europe 2008,” which details each of the 15 nations' historic emissions

(1990-2006) and provides an estimate of Europe's emissions situation during the

Kyoto Protocol commitment period (2008–2012).

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UN Secretary General: EU's Climate Actions Could Spur “Green” Growth [viewed]

17 October 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated

that EU proposals on tackling climate change could spur “green” growth and

generate millions of new jobs.

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ESCAP Executive Secretary: Political Will Needed for Asia-Pacific to Switch to a “Virtuous Cycle of Sustainable Energy” [viewed]

UN Under-Secretary-General Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific 17 October 2008: Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), gave a presentation at a discussion entitled “Securing Asia's Energy Future” held by the Asia Society, in New York, US, on 16 October.

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