Climate Change Policy & Practice
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Tuesday, 6 January 2009 - Issue No. 9
UN Secretary-General Calls on Business to Invest in a Sustainable Future
15 December 2008: During a meeting of the Global Compact Board, which took place in New York, US on 15 December 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the importance for the private sector to take a leading role in addressing the financial crisis. More information.
UN Secretary-General: African Industrialization Can Help Tackle Climate Change
20 November 2008: In a message marking Africa Industrialization Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for strengthening African industry so that it can “play its rightful, catalytic role” and help overcome the current triple financial, food and climate crises as well as make critical progress on eradicating poverty. More information.
UN Secretary-General Underlines ILO’s Role in the Emerging Green Economy
19 November 2008: In an address to the 303rd Session of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO) taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 6-21 November 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon explained that, while in Washington DC, US, for the G-20 summit, he had stressed that the crisis is an opportunity to promote green economic development. More information.
UN Secretary-General’s Annual Report: UN Uniquely Placed to Lead Efforts Against Climate Change
7 October 2008: In his second annual report on the work of the Organization (A/63/1), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon notes the UN’s unique place to lead the response to global threats, in particular: climate change, counter-terrorism, disarmament and non-proliferation, and global health. More information.
Secretary-General Urges Better Disaster Risk Reduction to Adapt to Climate Change
29 September 2008: Addressing the Ministerial Meeting on Reducing Disaster risks in a Changing Climate, which took place in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged enhanced efforts to reduce the fall-out from natural disasters, noting that climate change leads to harsher weather extremes. More information.
UN to Assist in Establishment of Inter-Agency Climate Change Centre for Pacific Countries
19 August 2008: In a message delivered by Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, to the Pacific Islands Forum summit meeting, which is taking place until 21 August 2008 in Alofi, Niue, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the creation of an Inter-Agency Climate Change Centre for coordinated UN support to Pacific Island Countries and regional organizations. More information.
Guest Article
Climate change, energy and food security, economic development – in the end, it all trickles down to water
By Pasquale Steduto, Chair of UN-Water; and Johan Kuylenstierna, Chief Technical Advisor, UN-Water
L-R: Pasquale Steduto and Johan Kuylenstierna
We can be certain about one thing related to the future. The pressure on water resources will continue to increase. This is a fundamental challenge as water resources, unlike fossil fuels, are an irreplaceable natural resource for human survival. In light of climate change, and dwindling fossil fuel resources, the quest to find alternative sustainable energy sources will escalate. Eventually we will succeed, no doubt, but on the way the fundamental role of water will become even more evident, also in relation to energy security. ... article continues.
By Richard Sherman, IISD Reporting Services
A statement released in November 2008 by the Presiding Officers of the International Labour Office’s Governing Body notes “preliminary but pervasive evidence that the financial crisis is taking its toll on the global economy. Latest economic forecasts suggest economic growth in all regions will be substantially lower in 2008 than originally forecast and much lower in 2009. No country will be spared, although the impact will differ greatly from one region and country to another.” ... article continues.
GEF and UNEP Commission Study on Weather Insurance for Wind Power Farms
IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings Address World Economic Crisis, Support Efforts to Tackle Climate Change
ILO Director-General Highlights Cooperatives’ Role in Confronting Climate Change
ILO Initiative to Aid Transition to Green Business
ILO/UNEP Release Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World
UNCTAD’s Budget Group Plans 2008-2011 Activities Related to Climate Change
UNIDO and UNDP Collaborate to Support Environmentally-Friendly Business Practices
UNIDO: Economic Growth and Climate Change Mitigation Two Parts of the Same Whole
UNIDO: Director-General Outlines Climate Change Challenge to Industrial Development Board
UNIDO Director-General Says UN-Energy Will Drive Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Africa
UNIDO: Global Renewable Energy Forum Report
UNEP Gathers Leaders to Shape UN Green Economy Initiative
UNEP and ICC Host Climate and Resource Efficiency Forum
UNEP Releases Report on Investment in Mitigation
UNEP Report: Global Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment 2008
UN Global Compact and UNEP Convene First Meeting of ‘Caring for Climate’ Initiative
World Bank President Zoellick Presents New Climate Investment Funds at G8 Finance Ministers Meeting
World Bank Moves Ahead with Energy for the Poor Initiative, Schedules Meeting in Paris
World Bank Creates Green Bond to Finance Mitigation and Adaptation
World Bank Highlights Increased Funding for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects
World Bank Climate Investment Funds Receive Pledges for US$ 6.1 Billion

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