Poverty Eradication

High-level Dialogue Calls on Negotiators to Listen to Science [viewed]

7 December 2011: A High-level Dialogue and Adaptation Roundtable on “Global Sustainability in a Changing Climate” concluded with the adoption of the Durban Vision Statement, which sought to inspire progress during the Durban Climate Change Conference and “provide a bridge" to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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UN Secretary-General: Sustainable Energy Key for Minimizing Climate Change Risk [viewed]

7 December 2011: In his speech at the High-Level Ministerial Dinner of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged governments to begin steps toward a binding comprehensive global agreement, while accelerating national actions on the ground.

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World Bank to Support Low-Carbon Initiatives in Poorest Countries [viewed]

World Bank6 December 2011: The World Bank announced two new initiatives to support least developed countries' (LDCs) access to finance for low-carbon investments and enable them to tap into carbon markets after 2012, the Carbon Initiative for Development (Ci-Dev) and the third tranche of the BioCarbon Fund (BioCF T3).

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ITTO, UNCCD Sign MoU on Dry Tropical Forests [viewed]

8 December 2011: Emmanuel Ze Meka, Executive Director of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), and Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on restoration and sustainable management of dry tropical forests.

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ECOSOC Hears Calls for Greater Regional Cooperation in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

7 December 2011: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Annual Ministerial Review Regional Preparatory meeting for Asia and the Pacific has heard calls for greater regional cooperation in order to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The meeting convened in Kyoto, Japan, on 7 December 2011.

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UN Secretary General Calls for Support for REDD+ [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General7 December 2011: Speaking at a side-event held during the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for support to REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries).

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High-Level Side Event on Climate Smart Agriculture Emphasizes Early Action Initiatives [viewed]

7 December 2011: The High-Level Side Event on Climate Smart Agriculture, held on the margins of the Durban Climate Change Conference, heard a call to action from many of the dignitaries present who highlighted the need to support agriculture that addresses not only food security challenges but also climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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UNFCCC Launches Momentum for Change Initiative [viewed]

6 December 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has launched the “Momentum for Change” Initiative, which aims to enhance the visibility of climate change adaptation or mitigation projects that have been successful in improving the quality of the life of the people they benefit and have a potential to be replicated and scaled up. 

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UNSG Urges Governments to Take Long-term View on Renewable Energy [viewed]

6 December 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged governments to take a long-term view on renewable energy during his address at the Business for Environment (B4E) COP 17 Dialogue, convened in Durban, South Africa. The Dialogue, titled "Powering ahead for a clean industrial revolution," aimed to facilitate collaboration and forge partnerships between business, government and NGOs, in order to develop products and services that will revolutionize industries and deliver transformative change.

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UNSG Outlines Expectations for Durban Negotiations [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General6 December 2011: On the first day of high-level talks at the Durban Climate Change Conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Parties to the UNFCCC to move forward on key issues and keep up momentum, even as a comprehensive and binding agreement may be “beyond our reach” in Durban, where governments are gathered for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC.

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