Governance

IPCC Chair Addresses World Economic Forum [viewed]

Rajendra_pachauri_3In his address to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Intergovernmenal Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Chairman Rajendra Pachauri said “if action to tackle the threat of climate change emerges soon, driven by knowledge of where we are heading, as provided by the findings of the IPCC, there would be reason for optimism that other serious challenges facing the world may also evoke similar responses based on rational assessments of problems and knowledge driven solutions.”

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Summary of UN Secretary-General's Statements on Climate Change [viewed]

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During January 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has repeatedly outlined the importance of multilateral action on climate change.

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WHO Director-General Calls for Action on Health and Climate Change [viewed]

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Presenting her Report to the 122nd session of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Executive Board meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, Dr.

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UN General Assembly President Announces Climate Change Event [viewed]

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UN General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim has written to permanent representatives and observers to the UN with information on a thematic debate entitled “Addressing Climate Change: the United Nations and the World at Work.” In a letter dated 15 January 2008, President Kerim indicated that the General Assembly event would take place on 11 and 12 February 2008, at UN Headquarters in New York.

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IFAD President Discusses Climate Change in Viet Nam [viewed]

Bage Lennart Båge, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), announced that he had signed a US$ 35 million loan in Viet Nam to expand market access and develop businesses for small farmers in Mekong Delta.

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UNESCO's Climate Change Priorities Outlined [viewed]

Unesco_directorgeneral_kochiro_ma_4In an address to the Information Meeting of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Executive Board, Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, said UNESCO will extend current research efforts – such as those undertaken by the World Climate Research Programme jointly sponsored by WMO, UNESCO/IOC and ICSU – to include adaptation research.

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Host Country Agreement Concerning United Nations Climate Change Conference - Poznan, 2008 Signed [viewed]

He_mr_maciej_nowicki_minister_of__4Maciej Nowicki, Minister of Environment of Poland, and Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, signed the Host Country Agreement between the Government of Poland and the Secretariat concerning the United Nations Climate Change Conference - Poznan, 2008.

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UNDP Administrator Identifies Climate Change as UNDP Priority [viewed]

Kemal_dervi_2Speaking during a recent press briefing, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Kemal Dervis identified climate change as one of three UNDP priorities for the current year.

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CBD Executive Secretary Gives Singapore Environment Lecture: Focuses on Climate Change [viewed]

Ahmed_djoghlaf_3In his Singapore Environment Lecture 2008, the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Ahmed Djoghlaf, stressed that “climate change is real, and represents a global challenge not only for humankind, but for every life on Earth.” Addressing the relationship between climate change and security, Executive Secretary Djoghlaf said “the loss of biodiversity is also another major threat to peace and security as it undermines the capacity of the ecosystems to continue providing their goods and services and sustaining life on Earth.

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GEF Council Decides on Further Consultations on Resource Allocation Framework [viewed]

19 November 2004: The GEF Council, which met from 17-19 November in Washington DC, took decisions on: the process for monitoring and evaluation relations with Council and other entities; action plan to respond to recommendations of the project performance review; management response to the review of GEF's engagement with the private sector; programme studies on biodiversity, climate change and international waters; the OPS3 inception report; the four year work plan; verification of replenishment targets; fourth replenishment of the GEF Trust Fund; work programme; institutional relations; resource allocation framework; business plan; amendments to the instrument; climate change funds; and recommendations of the working group on medium-sized projects.

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