Monthly Archives: December 2011

Ban stresses role of business in advancing sustainable development agenda

16 December 2011 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the critical role that businesses play in advancing sustainable development, and called for a surge in public-private partnerships ahead of a major United Nations conference on the issue next June. “We need you. More than ever before, […]

16 December 2011|

Discussions begin on Rio+20 outcome document

15 December 2011 – Delegates from United Nations Member States gathered in New York today to begin discussions on inputs, the structure and format of the outcome document to be finalized by world leaders at next year’s UN conference on sustainable development in the Brazilian city […]

15 December 2011|

Canada’s withdrawal from Kyoto Protocol regrettable – UN climate official

13 December 2011 – Canada’s decision to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol is surprising and regrettable, the United Nations climate change chief Christiana Figueres said today, calling on developed countries to meet the commitments they recently made at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South […]

13 December 2011|

Ban welcomes climate change deal reached at UN conference in Durban

11 December 2011 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed today the set of decisions reached by countries at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, saying they represent a significant agreement that will define how the international community will address climate change in the […]

11 December 2011|

Durban climate conference delivers breakthrough

11 December 2011 – Countries meeting in Durban, South Africa, have delivered a breakthrough on the future of the international community’s response to climate change, whilst recognizing the urgent need to raise their collective level of ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to keep the average […]

11 December 2011|

UN mobile app lets users calculate size of carbon footprint

13 December 2011 – A new United Nations mobile telephone application released today lets users calculate their carbon footprint, visualize its equivalent in a particular ecosystem, and learn new ways in which they can reduce their emissions through specific actions.

Through the so-called Blue and REDD Carbon […]

11 December 2011|

Climate funding for poor countries should not add to their debt burden – UN expert

8 December 2011 – Financing received through the proposed Green Climate Fund should not exacerbate developing countries’ debt burdens, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today, calling for international banking institutions not to have too great an influence on the fund.

“Climate finance should be […]

8 December 2011|

UN-led campaign that planted 12 billion trees worldwide starts new phase

8 December 2011 – United Nations campaign that has overseen the planting of more than 12 billion trees around the world has been handed over to a youth-led environmental organization based in Germany that will build on the initiative’s achievements over the past four years.

“More than […]

8 December 2011|

Ban presses for support for UN initiative to combat deforestation

7 December 2011 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called today for increased support from Member States for a United Nations initiative to slow, halt and reverse deforestation, and help developing countries manage their forests in a sustainable manner.

“I am encouraged to see that forest countries are acting […]

7 December 2011|

UN agency, Italian energy company partner to combat hunger and climate change

7 December 2011 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Italian energy company Enel announced today a new partnership to combat hunger and malnutrition while also reducing carbon emissions through the use of ‘green’ stoves and solar panels.

The €8 million agreement was unveiled […]

7 December 2011|