General Assembly President Elect Outlines Priorities [viewed]

15 June 2010: At a press conference held at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 15 June 2010, the General Assembly President elect for the 65th session, Joseph Deiss ( Switzerland), outlined the priorities of his tenure, including human rights, the environment and environmental governance, as well as the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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Guest Article #43: Oceans and Coasts at the Frontline of Climate Change [viewed]

The world's oceans play a central role in climate, akin to the Earth's lungs and circulatory system. The world cannot do without a healthy ocean generating oxygen, absorbing carbon dioxide and regulating climate and temperature. Oceans already absorb over 80% of the heat added to the climate system and nearly 50% of all carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels over the past 250 years.

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EU-ACP Review Contonou Agreement, Adopt Joint Declaration on Climate Change [viewed]

22 June 2010: During the 35th Session of the Joint Council of the EU-African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, held on 21-22 June 2010 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, the EU and ACP countries signed the second five-year revision of the Cotonou Agreement. The EU and ACP countries also adopted joint declarations on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and climate change.

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UNFCCC Publishes Submissions Deadline Notification [viewed]

22 June 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a notification of upcoming deadlines for the submission of information and views by parties invited by Convention and Kyoto Protocol bodies.

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UNDP Releases Report on Energy Access in Nepal [viewed]

22 June 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a report titled “Capacity development for scaling up decentralized energy access programmes.”

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UN/ISDR Warns Against Building in Flood-Prone Areas [viewed]

18 June 2010: After a week of massive flooding in Myanmar, France and China, the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has urged governments to take flood risk into account in urban planning, and citizens to avoid building in flood prone areas.  

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UNFCCC Publishes Annual Status Reports of Annual Inventories [viewed]

17 June 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the annual status reports of the annual inventories of 19 countries.

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Indonesia Places Moratorium on Forest and Peatland Conversion [viewed]

15 June 2010: The Government of Indonesia has announced that it will place a two-year moratorium on the conversion of natural forests and peatlands. Beginning in 2011, no new conversion permits will be issued, although permits issued before 2011 will not be affected.

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UN Secretary-General Urges G20 to Focus on Green Growth [viewed]

10 June 2010: In a letter to the leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) nations, scheduled to meet in Toronto, Canada, on 26-27 June 2010, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged a focus on development and green growth.

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Event: Workshop on Experiences of Promoting the Application of the Principles of the Aarhus Convention in International Forums [viewed]

This workshop is organized in the framework of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention). Among other things, participants will discuss promoting the principles of the Aarhus Convention in the lead up to, during and after the UN Copenhagen Climate Change Conference.  

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