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Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism passes 100 millionth certified emission reduction milestone
Bonn, Germany
18 December 2007
The 100 millionth certified emission reduction (CER) credit under the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism has been issued, marking an important environmental, development and carbon market milestone on the road to a low-carbon future.
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COP 13

UN Breakthrough on climate change reached in Bali
Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia
15 December 2007
187 countries meeting in Bali on Saturday agreed to launch negotiations towards a crucial and strengthened international climate change deal.
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Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General: “Eyes of the world” on Ministers and Heads of State meeting at United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali
Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia
12 December 2007
144 ministers and high-level government representatives along with 6 heads of state gathered in Bali on Wednesday to begin the high-level segment of the United Nations Climate Change Conference - Bali 2007, which is expected to launch negotiations on a new global deal on climate change.
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Nairobi Framework Important steps taken to expand CDM in Africa, much remains to be done – Nairobi Framework partners
Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia
6 December 2007
A good start has been made to extend the benefits of the clean development mechanism (CDM) to Africa, but a great deal more remains to be done, and much more is needed in terms of donor support, say representatives of the five agencies implementing the Nairobi Framework aimed at spreading the benefits of the CDM.
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Twelfth meeting of the EGTT,
Grand Hyatt Hotel, Bali, Indonesia
29 - 30 November 2007
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workshop Ninth meeting of the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC)
Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia
26 - 27 November 2007
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Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia
29 - 30 November 2007
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Press Briefing: Making the Kyoto Protocol work: data, policies and infrastructure and briefing on the expected outcomes of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali
Bonn, Germany
20 November 2007
The Climate Change Secretariat presented detailed emissions data provided by the 41 industrialized nations which are Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The information was presented by UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer and by a team of UNFCCC emission data experts. A special focus was given to progress in combating climate change under the Kyoto Protocol, with a close look at emissions data of Kyoto Protocol Parties.
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Fact sheets and presentations from the press briefing
National greenhouse gas inventory data for the period 1990-2005.

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Tunis Address by Yvo de Boer at the International Solidarity Conference on Climate Change Strategies for African and Mediterranean Regions
Tunis, Tunisia
18 November 2007
Speaking at the International Solidarity Conference on Climate Change Strategies for African and Mediterranean Regions in Tunis on November 18 2007, Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer stressed that Africa has been the forgotten continent in the fight against climate change. At the same time, the IPCC has clearly found that Africa will be one of the three regions worst affected by climate change impacts. Work on a future climate change deal for the period post-2012, which is expected to be launched at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali in December, needs to ensure that developing country policy needs are adequately taken up.
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Valencia, Spain
17 November 2007
The IPCC has launched the first three volumes of its assessment report "Climate Change 2007" and has finalized its Synthesis report.
The Synthesis Report was launched in Valencia, Spain, 17 November 2007 during a press conference.
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UNFCCC Executive Secretary: OPEC part of the solution to climate change, not part of the problem
Riyadh
15 November 2007
Speaking at a high level OPEC Seminar in Riyadh, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Yvo de Boer, stated that the fight against climate change can open up considerable opportunities for OPEC’s economic development.
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UN Climate Change Secretariat puts cornerstone of Kyoto Protocol’s electronic emissions trading system in place
Bonn
14 November 2007
The UN Climate Change Secretariat on Wednesday announced that the International Transaction Log (ITL) became operational, thereby putting in place the cornerstone of the Kyoto Protocol’s emissions trading system. The ITL is a sophisticated computerized system that ensures that emissions trading among Kyoto countries is fully consistent with the rules established under the UN Treaty.
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Press briefing by Yvo de Boer at Carbon Forum Asia: Start of negotiations for post-2012 agreement crucial for health of the planet
6 November 2007, Singapore
The UNFCCC Executive Secretary told stakeholders at the Carbon Forum Asia tradefair and conference that the negotiations need to begin this December to avoid a gap between the end of the Kyoto Protocol’s first commitment period and whatever agreement comes next. “We’ve seen several positive signals, such as the statements made by heads of state at the Secretary-General’s high level event in September in New York, and broad agreement by ministers who met in Indonesia just a few weeks ago. Nonetheless, we must stay focussed, and achieve a formal launch of negotiations in Bali in December, one that sets out a timetable and a means for moving forward,” Mr. de Boer said.
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UNDP The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNDP Administrator Kemal Derviº and business representatives launch MDG Monitor website.
1 November 2007, New York, USA
MDG Monitor is a web application that tracks real-time progress toward the Millennium Development Goals in a number of categories in nearly every country in the world. The new online resource is a one-stop-shop for MDG information and will serve as an educational and advocacy platform featuring the most current data from multiple sources in development bellwethers like public health, education and women’s empowerment.
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Workshop on finance and investment flows to address climate change: The way forward
31 October 2007, Bonn, Germany
Over 100 experts from government agencies, the private sector, multilateral development banks and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations met to prioritize needs for further analysis on finance and investment flows to address climate change that can be undertaken by interested organizations.
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Ban Ki-moon United Nations Day
24 October 2007
"We will be judged in the future on the actions we take today -- on results. On this United Nations Day, let us rededicate ourselves to achieving them."
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General
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World Bank World Bank Annual Meetings 2007: Low Carbon, High Hopes: Making Climate Action Work for Development
20 October 2007, Washington DC, USA
Developing countries are on track to become, eventually, the biggest contributors to global warming and climate change, but they won’t modify their rapidly growing carbon appetite unless developed nations show more will in curbing their own.
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Thirty-fifth Meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism Executive Board
15 - 19 October 2007, Bonn, Germany
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Eighth Meeting of the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC)
18 - 19 October 2007, Bonn, Germany
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UNFCCC Executive Secretary sees 2007 Nobel Peace Prize as sign of awareness for the need for political action on climate change
12 October 2007 Bonn
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"It is very encouraging that this year's Nobel Peace Prize goes to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr. The IPCC has done very important work to analyse the science of climate change and to see how that can be translated into policy. Mr. Gore has dealt with the other side of the coin by popularising science. These two go hand in hand. Today's announcement is a sign that there is growing awareness not only with regard to the science and impacts of climate change, but for the need for political action. What we need to do now is to get started on the negotiations of a post-2012 framework in Bali this year. We urgently need a new agreement or a set of agreements under the umbrella of the UN which can deliver the greenhouse gas emission reductions in line with what science is telling us is needed - 50% by 2050 - along with significant funding for adaptation."

Yvo de Boer

Address by Yvo de Boer at the The second public hearing of the Temporary Committee on Climate Change (CLIM), European Parliament
4 October 2007
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Address on behalf of the Secretary General of the United Nations by Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary at the Major economies meeting on climate change and energy security in Washington
27 - 28 September 2007
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The Future in our Hands: Addressing the Leadership Challenge of Climate Change
UN Secretary-General convened world leaders to build momentum for climate change talks in Bali
24 September 2007 - UN Headquarters, New York, USA
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sought to advance the global agenda on climate change when he met with heads of state and other top officials from more than 150 countries at United Nations Headquarters on 24 September. More than 70 heads of state or government attended the one-day event, making it the largest meeting ever of world leaders on climate change.
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Workshop on exchange of experiences and good practices among non-Annex I Parties in preparing national communications and on cross-cutting issues
20 - 22 September 2007, Cairo, Egypt
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Pyramid Experts meeting in Cairo discuss how to report on climate change change-related issues
20 September 2007, Cairo, Egypt
More than sixty experts from developing countries are from today meeting in Cairo for a three-day workshop to exchange information on how their countries can communicate climate change-related information.
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Yvo de Boer and Michael Walsh, Executive Vice President of the Chicago Climate Exchange UN’s top climate change official calls on industry to support legally binding emission reduction commitments
19 September 2007, Chicago, USA
The UN’s top climate change official on Wednesday called on business to support serious emission-reduction commitments on the part of industrialized countries to ensure continuity in the international response to climate change and continuity in the growing global carbon market.
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Ozone The Montreal Protocol and the Kyoto Protocol mutually supportive say top UN officials
17 September 2007, Montreal, Canada
International efforts to safeguard Earth’s climate and protect the ozone layer are mutually supportive, say the United Nation’s top climate change and environment officials. Negotiations on the future direction of the Montreal Protocol in protecting the ozone layer, which start in Montreal today, and the UN Climate Change Conference set for Bali in December will shape further climate action beyond 2012, when the first phase of the Kyoto Protocol ends.
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Fossil fuel efficiency projects to receive much-needed investment under Kyoto Protocol’s clean development mechanism
14 September 2007, Bonn, Germany
Projects that increase the burning efficiency of fossil fuels can now qualify for registration under the Kyoto Protocol’s clean development mechanism (CDM), thanks to a decision taken by the mechanism’s independent Executive Board.
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Thirty-fourth Meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism Executive Board
12 - 14 September 2007, Bonn, Germany
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Rome UNFCCC workshop on adaptation planning and practices concludes in Rome
12 September 2007, Rome, Italy
The secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) today concluded a three-day workshop in Rome on planning and practices to help communities, national governments, and organizations to adapt to the impacts of climate change. The workshop was held in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
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CDM CDM Bazaar web-portal will link buyers, sellers and service providers
The CDM Bazaar (1093 kB) web-portal has been launched officially today to facilitate exchange of information among buyers, sellers and service providers engaged in the Kyoto Protocol’s clean development mechanism (CDM). This joint effort of the UNFCCC secretariat and UNEP RISOE Centre in Denmark will help stakeholders in the CDM “get down to business,” said UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer.
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fishing Fourth Meeting of the Compliance Committee
5-7 September 2007, Bonn, Germany
The Compliance Committee of the Kyoto Protocol is convening its plenary, enforcement and facilitative branches from 5 to 7 September to discuss a range of procedural and reporting issues. The meeting is taking place at the Wissenschaftszentrum, Ahrstrasse 45, 53175 Bonn, Germany. In addition to the range of substantive issues on the agenda, members and alternate members of the Committee will also take their oath of service. Live and on-demand webcast coverage of these meetings will be provided.
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Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) stocktaking meeting on the preparation and implementation of National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA)
3 - 5 September 2007, Bangkok, Thailand
Over 100 experts and delegates from some 49 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) met in Bangkok from 3 to 5 September to take stock on the progress made in preparing and implementing their National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs).
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ITL Kyoto Protocol Parties move closer to trading emission allowances
30 August 2007, Vienna, Austria
The secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) today released first results indicating that countries will meet criteria to begin trading in Kyoto emission allowances for 2008, the first year of the Treaty’s first commitment period.
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Vienna Climate Change Talks 2007

Vienna UN conference shows consensus on key building blocks for effective international response to climate change
27 - 31 August 2007, Vienna, Germany
A round of climate change talks under the auspices of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) concluded in Austria today with agreement on key elements for an effective international response to climate change.
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Vienna UN meeting tests temperature of international climate change process
27 August 2007, Vienna, Austria
A fresh round of climate change talks under the auspices of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) got underway in Austria.
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Financial Flow UNFCCC secretariat presents investment and financial flows necessary to respond to climate change
23 August 2007, Bonn, Germany
According to a new report issued this week by the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), addressing climate change in the next 25 years will require significant changes in the patterns of investment and financial flows.
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Investment and financial flows to address climate change
21 August 2007, Bonn, Germany
Addressing climate change in the next 25 years will require significant changes in the patterns of investment and financial flows. The secretariat, in close collaboration with key international financial institutions, United Nations agencies, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations, other relevant agencies, as well as representatives of the private sector and civil society, has prepared an analysis of existing and planned investment and financial flows relevant to the development of effective and appropriate international response to climate change.
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Gateway to the UN System’s Work on Climate Change United Nations launches new climate change internet site
A new United Nations Internet site, “Gateway to the UN System’s Work on Climate Change”, that highlights the wide-ranging work of the various parts of the United Nations system on climate change has been launched. The new website makes it easier for Internet users to find information on climate change from across the United Nations system.
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International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer on International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
9 August 2007, Bonn, Germany
Through their long attachment to their lands and their traditional ability to cope with unfavourable changes in their environment, indigenous peoples have much experience and knowledge that may be instrumental in helping others adapt to the rapid changes caused by global warming, said UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer.
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Ban Ki Moon

United Nations General Assembly President convenes thematic debate "Climate Change as a Global Challenge" at UN Headquarters in New York
1 August 2007, New York, USA
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened the General Assembly's first-ever thematic plenary debate devoted exclusively to climate change. In his opening remarks, the Secretary-General challenged the world’s nations to take decisive action this year to tackle the climate change threat head-on.

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Yvo de Boer

Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change participated in the panel on “Mitigation Strategies in the Context of Sustainable Development” and gave a external website realpress briefing at UN Headquarters.

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10 July 2007, Geneva, Switzerland
The Economic and Social Council, which held its substantive session in Geneva, adopted a Ministerial Declaration (full text) calling for the widest possible cooperation by all countries in developing an effective and appropriate response to climate change. The Members of the Council commended the Secretary-General's initiative to convene a high-level event on climate change on 24 September in New York. The Declaration also addresses concerns expressed by developing countries as regards interaction between climate change response and economic and social development.
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Experts meeting in St. Lucia explored ways to educate populations about the perils of climate change
3 July 2007, Rodney Bay, St. Lucia
Faced with sea level rise of up to one meter by the end of the next century and the need to relocate entire populations within the next 50 years, representatives of 30 small island developing States (SIDS) met in St. Lucia from 3 to 5 July to discuss how their populations can be better educated about the effects of climate change.
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UNFCCC workshop on sharing best practices with conducting TNAs
27 - 29 June 2007, Bangkok, Thailand
During the workshop representatives of Parties, international organizations and the private sector shared good practices and lessons learned with conducting technology needs assessments (TNAs) and identified specific needs and practical actions that could assist them in implementing the findings of these studies. In this context, participants received training on project development utilizing the UNFCCC guidebook for preparing technology transfer projects for financing. The identification of good practices will help countries in the process of conducting or updating TNAs to effectively undertake and complete their assessments.
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Way cleared for Kyoto mechanism to boost green investment in developing countries – CDM Executive Board
27 June 2007, Bonn, Germany
The Kyoto Protocol’s clean development mechanism (CDM) is set to scale up, in reach, scope and effectiveness, as a result of new procedures and guidance for programmatic CDM adopted by the mechanism’s Executive Board.
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Clean Development Mechanism Executive Board, 33rd meeting
25 - 27 July 2007, Bonn, Germany
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BBC Hard Talk In a BBC Hardtalk interview broadcast on Wednesday 20 June 2007, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer spoke to BBC host Stephen Sackur on the outcomes of the G8 meeting in Heiligendamm, Germany, and the prospects of advancing post-2012 negotiations in Bali this year.
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UNFCCC workshop was held on climate related risks and extreme events in the context of adaptation to climate change
18 - 20 June 2007 - Cairo, Egypt
During the workshop countries and organizations shared their experience in assessing, predicting and managing climate related risks and extreme events in a range of sectors, including agriculture and food security, coastal zones, water resources and health. They also discussed the role of traditional knowledge in managing these risks. The identification of best practices will help countries to be better prepared for climate related risks and extreme events as part of their overall efforts to adapt to the impacts of climate change. This was the first of a series of workshops that will be organized under the Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. more

Image Outcomes of the G8 summit 2007
6 - 8 June 2007, Heiligendamm, Germany
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Image UNFCCC Executive Secretary: G8 document reenergises multilateral climate change process under the United Nations
7 June 2007, Bonn, Germany
According to Yvo de Boer, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Thursday’s agreement on climate change clinched at the G8 summit in Heiligendamm has paved the way for negotiations in Bali in December and given climate talks under the auspices of the UN a considerable boost.
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5 June 2007
Melting Ice - A Hot Topic?
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Russia poised to make use of Kyoto Protocol mechanism
1 June 2007 - Bonn, Germany
According to the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, the first emission reduction projects in the Russian Federation under the Kyoto Protocol are expected to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by more than 65 million tonnes of CO2-equivalent over the five years from 2008.
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Image UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer sums up results of the Bonn Subsidiary Body meeting
24 May 2007 - New York, USA
At a press briefing in New York, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer summed up the results of the Bonn Subsidiary Body Meeting (7 - 18 May) and spoke to the state of climate change negotiations and talks on the road to the December United nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia (3 - 14 December)
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Image The International Day for Biological Diversity
22 May 2007
Biodiversity and Climate Change
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Image Bonn UN meeting moves world closer to comprehensive negotiations on post-2012 climate change regime
18 May 2007, Bonn, Germany -- Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol concluded two weeks of negotiations and talks in Bonn, Germany.
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Image World Migratory Bird Day
12 - 13 May 2007
This year, World Migratory Bird Day will try to focus world attention on the impact of climate change on migratory birds. Increasing temperatures, altered rainfall and vacillating weather conditions caused by climate change have various impacts on the nomads of the skies. The ecological character of the habitats of migratory birds is rapidly changing, which may lead to their decline. Moreover, climate change causes a displacement of migration pattern, egg laying and breeding. Some birds even stop migrating altogether.
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Image UNFCCC Executive Secretary: worst effects of climate change can be staved off if appropriate international action to mitigate is speedily taken
4 May 2007 - Berlin, Germany
According to the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Yvo de Boer, some of the worst effects of climate change can be staved off if the appropriate international action is immediately taken.
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2 - 4 May 2007, Cologne, Germany
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer spoke at the opening of this year's Carbon Expo, May 2, in Cologne. This important three-day event, the largest such market fair and conference, also hosted panels of senior representatives of the Executive Board of the clean development mechanism and the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee. The UNFCCC secretariat provided information at a special Climate Change Kiosk at the fair.
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Image Confusion threatens to limit potential of key Kyoto Protocol mechanism – UNFCCC Executive Secretary
2 May 2007 – Cologne, Germany
The Kyoto Protocol’s clean development mechanism (CDM) is stimulating investment in developing countries, reducing emissions and giving signatories to the Protocol some flexibility in how they meet their emission reduction targets, but confusion about the mechanism threatens to limit its potential, says UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer.
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Ban Ki-moon names 3 prominent Special Envoys on Climate Change
1 May 2007 - New York, USA
The first woman Prime Minister of Norway, the former President of Chile, and the President of the 56th Session of the United Nations General Assembly were today named Special Envoys for Climate Change by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has made the issues one of his top priorities.
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Security Council discussed climate change
17 April 2007 - New York, USA
The UK proposed that the Security Council hold on 17 April 2007 an open debate exploring the relationship between energy, security and climate.
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Image Beijing hosted United Nations Asian regional adaptation workshop on adaptation to climate change
16 April 2007 - Beijing, China
The Department of Science, Technology & Education of the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture, aided by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, hosted the Asian regional workshop on adaptation to climate change. The workshop, which took place in Beijing from 11-13 April 2007, was organized by the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). more
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UNFCCC Executive Secretary says significant funds needed to adapt to climate change impacts
6 April 2007 - Brussels, Belgium
On the occasion of the launch of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) assessment of present and future impacts of climate change, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer has said that the world urgently needs to launch an agreement on future international action to combat climate change as well as to look for effective ways to generate the funds needed for adaptation.
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Image UNFCCC: Kyoto Protocol’s International Transaction Log on track
2 April 2007 - Bonn, Germany
The secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is on track to put in place the International Transaction Log (ITL) and make it available for industrialized countries that have signed up to the Kyoto Protocol to link to their national registries. This is in line with the timeframe of April 2007 set by the Parties to the Protocol.
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Germany releases conclusions of the G8 Environment Ministers Meeting
15 -17 March 2007 - Potsdam, Germany
The G8 Environment Ministers, plus the Environment Ministers from the leading emerging economies (Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa) discussed strategic issues of climate protection and energy policy in order to give political impetus to the international climate protection negotiations planned for 2007.
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Image Goverments discussed in Australia approaches to reduce emissions from deforestation in developing countries
15 March 2007 - Cairns, Australia
Avoiding loss of forests and forest degradation, particularly in the tropics, is one of the largest challenges for developing countries around the world. Forests play an important role in the global climate system, while their conservation links to crucial issues for developing countries, such as poverty alleviation and sustainable development.
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Image UNFCCC Parties conclude meeting on deforestation and climate change
9 March 2007 -- 140 delegates from 58 UNFCCC Parties and international organizations concluded a meeting in Cairns this week on deforestation and climate change. The focus was on ways and means to reduce emissions from deforestation in developing countries. Deforestation is one of the largest sources of global greenhouse gas emissions, primarily from tropical deforestation in the developing world.
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Expert meeting on adaptation for small island developing states
26 - 28 February 2007, Rarotonga, Cook Islands -- An expert meeting on adaptation for the small island developing states (SIDS) of the Pacific and Indian Ocean regions was held in Rarotonga, the Cook Islands. The meeting, organised by the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and hosted by the Environment Service of the Cook Islands, provided participating experts with the opportunity to exchange information on assessing the impacts of climate change, as well as their countries’ vulnerabilities to these impacts.
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Image Kyoto’s clean development mechanism can lead the way to low-carbon future – new CDM Executive Board chair
16 February 2007, Bonn -- The Kyoto Protocol’s clean development mechanism (CDM) is a glimpse of the future when it comes to the global response to climate change, says Hans Jürgen Stehr, the newly elected chair of the Executive Board that oversees the mechanism.
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Image Indonesia to host United Nations Climate Change Conference
14 February 2007, Bonn -- The Bureau decided to accept the offer by the Government of Indonesia to host the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) and the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 3) in Nusa Dua, Bali, 3 to 14 December 2007.
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Image Kyoto Protocol clean development mechanism passes 500th registered project milestone
12 February 2007, Bonn -- The Kyoto Protocol’s clean development mechanism (CDM) registered its 500th project on Monday, an 8.75 megawatt wind farm in Gujarat, India. The project is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 15,300 tonnes annually.
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UNFCCC Executive Secretary calls for speedy and decisive international action on climate change
2 February 2007, Paris -- Against the background of the most conclusive scientific evidence to date that the warming of the climate system is unequivocal and accelerating, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Yvo de Boer, today called for speedy and decisive international action to combat the phenomenon.
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Image UNFCCC Executive Secretary: unwarranted fear of economic hardship the root cause for inaction on climate change
22 January 2007, New Delhi -- According to the United Nations’ top climate change official, a lack of global leadership on climate change is seriously hampering efforts to combat global warming.
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16 January 2007 -- Having met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer briefs the media on climate change at Press Conference from UN Head Quarters in New York. At the briefing, Mr. de Boer calls for global leadership in combating climate change.

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