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Monthly Archives: August 2014

In Samoa, Ban urges corporate leaders to invest in renewable energy

Encouraging partnerships between the private sector and small developing island nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday urged corporate leaders to invest in renewable energy and make historic strides toward sustainability.

“Oceans isolate small islands – but when they are managed well they become a constant source […]

31 August 2014|

Climate Summit to hear from Marshall Islands poet

A 26-year-old woman who is not only a co-founder of an environmental NGO and a teacher, but also a journalist, poet and spoken-word artist, was selected Friday to address the opening ceremony of the Climate Change Summit, to be held 23 September at UN Headquarters […]

29 August 2014|

Metro newspaper chain gets the picture on climate change

The newspaper chain Metro International has announced the launch a photo competition focused on the issue of climate change ahead of the Climate Summit at the UN on 23 September.

“To quote UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: ‘Climate change is not a far-off problem, it is happening […]

29 August 2014|

Health experts call on medical sector to divest from fossil fuels

Health experts called on the medical sector to pull their investments out of fossil-fuel companies and invest instead in renewable energy as a step toward protecting humans from the ill effects of climate change.

The call came Friday at the conclusion of the World Health Organization’s […]

29 August 2014|

NGOs urge ‘strongest possible’ action on climate change

Thousands of representatives of non-governmental organizations urged Friday that governments worldwide take “the strongest possible” action to address climate change.

That conclusion was reached after three days of meetings at UN Headquarters in New York, where the participants noted that efforts to reach a meaningful universal […]

29 August 2014|

Korean pop singer serenades UN conferees, weighs climate change

What does Korean pop star and social activist Seung Chul Lee plan to do in the face of climate change?

“I better sell my car and get a bike!” he said in an interview between songs Wednesday at the opening to the 65th Annual UN DPI-NGO […]

29 August 2014|

For Pacific islanders, climate change is worsening a host of other woes

Climate change is exacerbating many of the challenges facing people in Pacific Island countries, according to a report issued Thursday by the United Nations Development Programme.

“For the low-lying atolls, it’s a big challenge,” said Ambassador Odo Tevi, the Vanuatu Permanent Representative to the United Nations, […]

28 August 2014|

Quick action on climate change could save millions of lives: World Health Organization

Rapid action to limit climate change could result in millions of lives saved each year, according to the World Health Organization, which kicked off a three-day conference on the topic on Wednesday.

“The evidence is overwhelming: climate change endangers human health,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO […]

27 August 2014|

NGOs seeking ambitious partnerships for post-2015 goals, climate change

More than 2,000 representatives of 902 non-governmental organizations convened Wednesday at the United Nations to discuss climate change and an action agenda for how to proceed after 2015, the target date set in 2000, when UN member states adopted the Millennium Development Goals.

The conference – […]

27 August 2014|

Voices from the Climate Front Lines

Climate change is an issue of human rights, equity and justice. While climate change impacts everyone, it especially disrupts the lives and livelihoods of the very same people who continually face and fight poverty, discrimination and marginalization across all walks of life: girls, boys, women, […]

26 August 2014|