UN Secretary-General Designates Wangari Maathai as UN Messenger of Peace [viewed]

wangari-maathai14 December 2009: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has designated 2004 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai as a UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on the environment and climate change.

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Climate Investment Funds Approve US$5.5 Billion for Clean Energy Technology and Launch Renewable Energy Programme [viewed]

14 December 2009: The development banks' Climate Investment Funds (CIF) have launched a new programme called "Scaling up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries (SREP)," with pledges of US$210.7 million.

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UNHCR Reports on the Impact of Climate Change on Pacific Islanders [viewed]

Unhcr14 December 2009: The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has reported on how environmental, climatic, geological and demographic factors are affecting the ability of Pacific Islanders to remain in their homelands.

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EIB and Others Launch Infrastructure Fund [viewed]

4Eib December 2009: The European Investment Bank (EIB) and other European leading public financial institutions have launched "Marguerite," a pan-European equity fund that aims to act as a catalyst for infrastructure investments implementing key EU policies in the areas of climate change, energy security and trans-European networks.

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UNDP National Human Development Report for Moldova Focuses on the Socioeconomic Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

16dic_09_10December 2009: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the 2009/2010 National Human Development Report for Moldova, entitled "Climate Change in Moldova: Socio-Economic Impact and Policy Options for Adaptation."

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Event: Transforming Transportation 2010 [viewed]

The World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are sponsoring this event, which will discuss sustainable transport, including issues of clean fuels and technologies, bus rapid transit, land use, urban planning, local and global environment, safety, and the connections between transport and climate change.  

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UN/ISDR, WMO, UNDP Release Preliminary Disaster Figures for 2009 [viewed]

margareta-wahlstrom14 December 2009: In a joint press conference held on 14 December 2009, in Copenhagen, Denmark, the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have reported that the preliminary 2009 disaster figures show thatover three quarters of the people killed - and 95 % of the total affected by natural hazards - since the beginning of the year were due to extreme weather events.

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UN Secretary-General Calls on World Leaders in Copenhagen to “Do What the Moment Requires” [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon14 December 2009: In a press conference held prior to his departure to Copenhagen, Denmark, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that decades of efforts to tackle climate change will "come down to this one critical week."

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UNEP-WCMC Participates in Study Mapping the Climate Change and Biodiversity Impacts of REDD [viewed]

15dic_09_0313 December 2009: The UN Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), together with a range of organizations, has participated in a study that identifies areas where carbon and biodiversity benefits can be maximized, including global biodiversity hotspots.

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CGIAR Hosts Agriculture and Rural Development Day [viewed]

agricultureandruralday13 December 2009: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), together with a number of other organizations, hosted the Agriculture and Rural Development Day on 12 December 2009, in Copenhagen, Denmark, in parallel with the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference.

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