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Climate Change

Ban appoints climate change official ahead of December UN climate conference

16 January 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Janos Pasztor of Hungary as the first-ever UN Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change, the Organization’s Spokesperson’s office announced today.

According to a press release, Mr. Pasztor will serve as the Senior Adviser of the Secretary-General […]

19 January 2015|

UN General Assembly President to convene high-level climate change event on 29 June

The President of the General Assembly will convene a high-level event next summer at UN Headquarters with the goal of helping countries reach a climate change agreement at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) in Paris in December 2015.

The 29th June event, which will […]

30 December 2014|

With accomplishments in Peru, ‘the stars are aligned’ for action on climate change

New York – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised the outcome of the climate meeting that ended last Sunday in Lima, Peru, as one that advanced the effort to stem global warming on several fronts.

“Governments built on the success of the Climate Change Summit, which I […]

17 December 2014|

Coal remains king, but growth in demand predicted to slow in coming five years

The growth in demand for coal has been slowing in recent years, and that trend will continue over the next five years, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said this week.

Coal demand globally will grow at an average annual rate of 2.1 per cent through 2019, […]

16 December 2014|

Peru: UN experts warn indigenous peoples’ rights at risk if polluted land re-licensed

Two United Nations human rights experts warned today against the proposed re-licensing of heavily polluted land in the Department of Loreto region of Peru, saying the move would perpetuate and exacerbate serious violations of human rights of indigenous peoples, including their right to health, food […]

15 December 2014|

Lima Climate Conference Paves the Way Toward a Climate Agreement in Paris

14 December, Lima—The 194 countries attending the Lima Climate Conference reached agreement early Sunday on key decisions that provide the foundation for a climate change pact in Paris late next year.

“The decisions adopted in Lima pave the way for the adoption of a universal and […]

14 December 2014|

Coalition aims to fight climate change by measuring emissions reductions

Press release from the United Nations Environment Programme:

Lima — A coalition launched Wednesday at the climate talks in Lima aims to boost efforts to save billions of dollars and billions of tonnes of CO2 emissions each year by measuring and reporting reductions of greenhouse gas emissions […]

11 December 2014|

Notes from Lima, part 2

8 December—The limelight shifted today to higher-level officials. Conference President and Peruvian Minister of the Environment Manuel Pulgar-Vidal opened the session saying that the signals were good for the Conference to conclude with a suite of decisions that might be called the “Lima Experience.”

Secretary-General Ban […]

11 December 2014|

Air of optimism that Lima will make history

Lima—With the announcement of new pledges to the Green Climate Fund, bringing the total to more than $10 billion, negotiators at the Lima Climate Conference said Wednesday they were optimistic that a successful outcome would be achieved, despite the slow pace of progress in the […]

10 December 2014|

Green Climate Fund exceeds initial capitalization target of $10 billion

Lima, Peru – The Green Climate Fund’s initial capitalization target of $10 billion has been exceeded.

Governments of Australia and Belgium on Tuesday joined other nations in pledging to the Green Climate Fund, committing AU$ 200 million (Australia) and EUR 51.7 million (Belgium) to the Fund, […]

10 December 2014|