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image Why COP 19 rocked
11 December 2013
In the December edition of her personal blog, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres sums up the key outcomes of COP 19 and explains why the conference "rocked" as a showcase of climate action being pursued around the world.
Christiana Figueres Climate Finance and the Private Sector: Investing in New Opportunities
5 December 2013
Songdo, Republic of Korea
Addressing the climate finance meeting, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres spoke of the crucial need for climate change action by the private sector and said that the business case for action on climate change is stronger than ever. She also underlined the key role of governments in spurring private investment.
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Green Climate Fund an "historic opportunity" says World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim
December 4, 2013
Songdo, Republic of Korea
Speaking at the launch of the Green Climate Fund Secretariat, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim praised the Green Climate Fund as a source of enormous optimism and hope in the fight against climate change, and said the Fund was an "historic opportunity" to protect future generations.
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image Statement by UNFCCC Executive Secretary on the opening of the Green Climate Fund
4 December 2013
Songdo, Republic of Korea
Speaking on the occasion of the opening of the Green Climate Fund in Songdo, Republic of Korea, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres described the Fund as a key tool to meet the internationally agreed goal of limiting average global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius.
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photo UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw keeps governments on a track towards 2015 climate agreement
23 November 2013
Warsaw, Poland
The UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw ended 23 November, keeping governments on a track towards a universal climate agreement in 2015 and including significant new decisions that will cut emissions from deforestation and on loss and damage.
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Press Release Governments in Warsaw make breakthrough in agreements to cut greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation
22 November 2013
Warsaw, Poland
Governments at the UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw have agreed a set of decisions on ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and the degradation of forests.
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image Showcasing Information and Communication Technology solutions, UN Climate Change Secretariat launches new partnership with GeSI
21 November 2013
Warsaw, Poland
The UN Climate Change secretariat launched a new partnership with the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) today to underscore the critical role Information and Communication Technology (ICT) plays in tackling climate change.
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Press Release Statement of President of COP 19/CMP 9
21 November 2013
Warsaw, Poland
Polish Environment Minister Marcin Korolec today said he hoped that the voice of NGOs would "remain present in the discussion on how to solve the most important problems of our planet."
Statement
image Showcasing climate action at UN climate conference in Warsaw: 2013 Lighthouse Activities honoured at gala event
20 November 2013
Warsaw, Poland
Seventeen activities that serve as shining examples of the enormous groundswell of action underway across the globe to address climate change were honoured Wednesday at an Oscar-like ceremony at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Warsaw.
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Press Release Statement of President of COP19/ CMP9
20 November 2013
Warsaw, Poland
Polish Environment Minister Marcin Korolec today said he would remain COP19/ CMP9 President until the end of the UN Climate Change Conference in Poland (to 22 November).
Statement
image Statement by Christiana Figueres delivered during welcoming ceremony of COP 19/CMP 9 High-level segment
19 November 2013
Warsaw, Poland
Statement delivered by UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres during the welcoming ceremony of the joint COP 19/CMP 9 High-level segment.
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Press Release UN's top climate change official tells coal industry it can and must radically change and diversify
18 November 2013
Warsaw, Poland
Speaking at the opening of the International Coal and Climate Summit in Warsaw, organized by the Polish government and the World Coal Association, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Christiana Figueres said the coal industry can and must radically transform and diversify to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
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Press Release Warsaw Business Dialogue
Enhanced Business Engagement in the UNFCCC: Leveraging Business Actions in Technology and Investment
17 November 2013
Warsaw, Poland
In a statement at the Warsaw Business Dialogue, UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary Richard Kinley said that business needs to be part of the international process and must be a driver in the wider mobilization that represents a solution to the climate challenge.
pdf-icon Statement (83 kB)
Christiana Figueres Speech delivered by Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres during BINGO Day, Business and Industry NGOs @ UNFCCC event
15 November 2013
Warsaw, Poland
In remarks to business and industry NGOs at COP 19 in Warsaw, Christiana Figueres speaks to the importance of de-risking the business model with high resilience and capturing the rewards of moving to low carbon, with a focus on how climate action can be an engine of growth in a green economy.
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Poorest countries finalize comprehensive set of plans to deal with inevitable impacts of climate change
14 November 2013
Warsaw, Poland
As governments meet for the UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, Poland, the poorest countries of the world have finalized a comprehensive set of plans to deal with the inevitable impacts of climate change, assisted by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Global Environment Facility and other UN agencies.
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Lighthouse Google Hangout on Momentum for Change with UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres
13 November 2013
Warsaw, Poland
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres took part in a Google Hangout on the Momentum for Change Initiative today, during which she talked to the 2013 Lighthouse Activity representatives about their work and aspirations for next week's events to showcase climate action.
Image Momentum for Change
13 November 2013
Last week saw the announcement of the 2013 Lighthouse Activities under the Momentum for Change initiative. Read the latest blog by UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, in which she reflects on these inspirational examples of climate change action on the ground in all four corners of the world.
World Meteorological Organization WMO says: Continuing high temperatures globally and many climate extremes worldwide
13 November 2013
Geneva/Warsaw
The year 2013 is currently on course to be among the top ten warmest years since modern records began in 1850, according to the World Meteorological Organization. UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres has called the news "a call to action during COP 19."
Press release
image COP 19/CMP 9 begins with calls for governments to harness strong groundswell of action on climate change
11 November 2013
Warsaw, Poland
The UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw began today with calls for governments to harness the strong groundswell of action on climate change across all levels of government, business and society and make real progress here towards a successful, global climate change agreement in 2015.
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photo Opening address by the President of COP 18/CMP 8, His Excellency Mr. Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah
11 November 2013
Warsaw, Poland
Opening address by the President of COP 18/CMP 8, His Excellency Mr. Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah during the welcoming ceremony of COP 19/CMP 9.
Opening address, pdf-icon Arabic (1820 kB) , pdf-icon English (131 kB)
photo Opening speech by the incoming president of COP 19/CMP 9, His Excellency Mr. Marcin Korolec
11 November 2013
Warsaw, Poland
Opening speech by the incoming president of COP 19/CMP 9, His Excellency Mr. Marcin Korolec.
Opening speech, pdf-icon English (66 kB)
photo Opening statement by Ms. Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary
11 November 2013
Warsaw, Poland
Opening statement delivered by UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres to the opening ceremony of COP 19/CMP 9 in Warsaw, Poland.
pdf-icon Statement (97 kB)

Statements delivered at COP 19 / CMP 9

image UNFCCC Newsletter: Special edition, Momentum for Change
8 November 2013
Bonn, Germany
This special edition of the newsletter focuses on the 2013 Lighthouse Activities under the Momentum for Change initiative. It tells the story of the 17 inspiring activities that were announced earlier this week.
Newsletter | Boletín
image COP19/CMP9 in Warsaw a pivotal moment to step up and showcase climate action
7 November 2013
Bonn, Germany
Ahead of the Warsaw Climate Change Conference taking place from 11-22 November, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres said the meeting is a pivotal moment to advance international climate action and showcase a growing momentum to address climate change at all levels of society.
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image Twitter chat with Christiana Figueres about the role of business innovation at COP19
7 November 2013
Bonn/London
In a Twitter chat organized by the Climate Group, the UNFCCC's Christiana Figueres talked about how business can showcase climate action at COP 19. The chat highlighted the UN Global Compact's Caring for Climate Business event in Warsaw (19 & 20 Nov), co-organized by UNEP, the UNFCCC secretariat and the Polish government.
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image UNFCCC Newsletter: Focus on Warsaw
6 November 2013
This latest edition of the newsletter focuses on the upcoming Warsaw Climate Change Conference. It includes video messages by UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres, and H.E. Mr. Marcin Korolec, Minister of the Environment of Poland and President-Designate of COP 19/CMP 9.
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World Meteorological Organization WMO says greenhouse gas concentrations in atmosphere reach new record
6 November 2013
Geneva, Switzerland
Ahead of COP 19/CMP9 in Warsaw, the World Meteorological Organization said that the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2012, continuing an upward and accelerating trend which is driving climate change.
Press release
image UNFCCC secretariat announces 2013 Lighthouse Activities
6 November 2013
Bonn, Germany
The UNFCCC secretariat announced 17 inspiring projects as 2013 Lighthouse Activities under its Momentum for Change initiative today. The activities, which will be showcased at COP 19/CMP 9 in Warsaw, range from a powerful, women-led climate campaign in Australia to a ground-breaking effort to build climate-smart housing in Mexico.
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UNEP publishes 2013 Emissions Gap Report ahead of COP 19/CMP 9
5 November 2013
Nairobi/Berlin
Ahead of COP 19/CMP 9 in Warsaw, UNEP has published the 2013 edition of its Emissions Gap Report. Reacting to the report, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres said it showed that both international and national action are essential for the world to stay below the agreed maximum 2°C temperature rise.
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Twitter Twitter chat with Christiana Figueres on the 2013 Lighthouse Activities
On 6 November 2013, Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres hosted a live Twitter chat to coincide with the launch of the 2013 Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activities. Christiana was joined by activity representatives who spoke about how their innovative and inspiring projects are creating real change on the ground
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image UNFCCC Executive Secretary outlines expectations for COP 19, key milestones towards 2015 agreement
21 October 2013
London, UK
In a speech at Chatham House in London, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres outlined the consensus of the world's major financial and energy institutions on the urgent need to craft climate-friendly policies and key steps towards the universal climate agreement in 2015, including COP 19 in Warsaw.
pdf-icon Statement (94 kB)
Image The African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN)
17 October 2013
Gaborone, Botswana
Addressing the conference, John Kilani, Director of the UNFCCC Sustainable Development Mechanisms programme, applauded the African Union and AMCEN for the increasing attention being paid to climate change and sustainable development. He spoke of the urgent need for climate action and pointed to three key areas where progress must be achieved at COP/CMP 9 in order to move forward, namely: finance, loss and damage and the Durban Platform.
pdf-icon Statement (103 kB)
image Christiana Figueres warns that efforts to end world hunger must be aligned with tackling climate change
16 October 2013
Daegu, Republic of Korea
On the occasion of World Food Day, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres said that efforts to end world hunger must be aligned with tackling climate change. She also said that "lighthouse" activities relating to food security would be showcased at COP 19 in Warsaw as part of the UNFCCC secretariat's Momentum for Change initiative.
pdf-icon Press release (152 kB)
image UNFCCC Executive Secretary welcomes World Energy Council's Trilemma report
15 October 2013
Daegu, Republic of Korea
On the occasion of the launch of the "Trilemma" report by the World Energy Council 15 October, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres welcomed the report and said that a sustainable energy future would only be possible if the tools to fight climate change were deployed quickly and at scale.
World Energy Council press release
image UNFCCC workshops facilitate further action towards 2015 global climate agreement
10 October 2013
Bonn, Germany
After three days of focused discussion at the joint workshops on the Framework for Various Approaches (FVA), Non-Market-Based Approaches (NMA) and the New Market-based Mechanism (NMM),
several key issues central to negotiations towards the 2015 global climate agreement have been further elaborated.
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photo Joint Workshop on the Framework for Various Approaches,
Non-Market-Based Approaches and the New Market Mechanism
7 October 2013
Bonn, Germany
In an opening speech at the three-day joint workshop, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres underlined the important role of non-market and market-based approaches in increasing ambition with regard to emission reduction.
pdf-icon Statement (86 kB)
Image Nantes Declaration gives local governments voice in climate dialogue
4 October 2013
Nantes, France
Last week, the pdf-icon Nantes Declaration of Mayors and Subnational Leaders on Climate Change was adopted with the support of more than 50 mayors from 30 countries. The declaration is part of an advocacy process that recognizes, engages and empowers local governments in the global climate dialogue. This declaration is a foundation for action by city and local governments that can accelerate the move to low-carbon and bolster support for the new, universal climate agreement in 2015.
More information here
Christiana Figueres Climate change news in September
1 October 2013
September saw the release of the latest IPCC findings as well as a great deal of climate action-related activity on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, including Climate Week. Check out the latest blog by UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres where she gives her take on the latest climate change news.
Image Nantes World Mayors Summit on Climate Change
28 September 2013
Nantes, France
Speaking today at the World Mayors Summit on Climate Change 2013, UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary Richard Kinley discussed the transformative power of cities in the climate challenge. Through action and advocacy, cities can join the international climate discourse and help governments move towards a new, universal agreement in 2015.
pdf-icon Statement (99 kB)
image Harvard Kennedy School of Government
27 September 2013
Cambridge, Massachusetts
In an address at Harvard University on the release day of the latest IPCC report on climate change, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres chose to speak about the good news on climate change. She outlined the many opportunities in policy, corporate strategy and technology that arise from fighting climate change.
pdf-icon Statement (132 kB)
Image Latest IPCC findings a clarion call for global community
27 September 2013
Responding to the latest IPCC report on climate change, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres said the findings of the report are a clarion call for the global community to accelerate efforts to combat climate change and steer humanity out of the danger zone.
pdf-icon UNFCCC press release (116 kB)
IPCC report and press release
Christiana Figueres UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres briefs the press one day ahead of launch of latest IPCC findings
26 September 2013
One day ahead of the launch of latest findings of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres briefed the press at the UN in New York on the status of global action to combat climate change and the implications of the IPCC report for such action.
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon invites to Climate Summit in September 2014
24 September 2013
New York, USA
As part of the global effort to mobilize action and ambition on climate change, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited Heads of State and Government along with business, finance, civil society and local leaders to a Climate Summit in September 2014 in New York.
General Assembly address
Climate Summit 2014 webpage
Carbon Forum Asia Carbon Forum Asia
24 September 2013
Bangkok, Thailand
In a statement delivered at the Forum, John Kilani, Director of the UNFCCC Sustainable Development Mechanisms Programme, spoke of how existing and new carbon markets are working together with other low-carbon investments to innovatively transform the global economy to low-carbon. He urged participants to strengthen carbon markets and accelerate market-based action.
pdf-icon Statement (93 kB)
Halldór Thorgeirsson Twelfth Session of IPCC Working Group I
23 September 2013
Stockholm, Sweden
In an opening address, Halldór Thorgeirsson, UNFCCC Director for Implementation Strategy, described the Working Group's report as "without parallel in terms of the depth of the science and its specificity and resolution in space and time" and urged governments for a policy response in line with the internationally agreed 2 degrees Celsius limit on global warming.
pdf-icon Statement (89 kB)
image Women corporate leaders urge businesses to act on climate change
19 September 2013
New York City, United States of America
Women's full participation is crucial if efforts aimed at promoting sustainable development, including corporate efforts, are to reach their intended mark. Speaking at a special event organized in conjunction with the United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit this morning, a group of influential women corporate leaders highlighted women as agents of change and the value of investing in women's empowerment – from the factory floor to the boardroom – in order to maximize impact on key sustainability issues.
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Halldór Thorgeirsson Halldór Thorgeirsson speaks on progress towards a 2015 global climate agreement
17 September 2013
London, United Kingdom
In a talk at the launch of a new study 'Halving global CO2 by 2050' at Imperial College in London, Halldór Thorgeirsson, UNFCCC Director for Implementation Strategy, spoke about on-going efforts to design and reach convergence among governments on a new global climate agreement for the period after 2020, to be adopted in Paris in December 2015.
pdf-icon Statement (98 kB)
image UNFCCC climate finance meeting in the Republic of Korea concludes technical groundwork to accelerate global shift of capital towards a green and more resilient economy
12 September 2013
Incheon, Republic of Korea
Representatives of governments, major financial institutions, civil society and private sector entities on Thursday wrapped up a year of deliberations on how to scale up climate finance at a meeting in Incheon in the Republic of Korea, concluding essential groundwork to accelerate the global shift of capital towards a green and more resilient economy.
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Press Release New public-private partnership will help shine a light on climate change action around the world
10 September 2013
Bonn, Germany
Worldwide action on climate change will get greater visibility thanks to a new public-private partnership agreement between the United Nations Climate Change secretariat and global communications company Brodeur Partners.
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Image Climate action highlights in August
4 September 2013
August saw more inspiring innovations in the field of sustainable transport that herald a new low-carbon pioneering spirit, but also more climate change impacts. Check out the latest blog by UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres in which she reflects on these issues.
Image Thirteenth meeting of the plenary of the Compliance Committee of the Kyoto Protocol
17-18 September 2013
Bonn, Germany
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Image Fourteenth meeting of the facilitative branch of the Compliance Committee of the Kyoto Protocol
16 September 2013
Bonn, Germany
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Image Plenary address by Christiana Figueres to the 44th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting
3 September 2013
In a video address to the 44th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting in Majuro, Marshall Islands, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres acknowledged the climate change threat to Pacific states and Pacific leadership on the issue. She urged governments to leverage that leadership into increased action and ambition.
Christiana Figueres Empowering women to lead the way to a low-emission
& high-resilient future
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres will join influential women CEOs at a side event to promote the role of the private sector in addressing climate change. The side event will be held on 19 September in New York City as part of the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit. The registration deadline is 30 August. Click here to register for the side event and learn more.
Press Release CDM regional collaboration centre set to open in Latin America
22 August 2013
Bonn, Germany
In an effort to bring the benefits of the Kyoto Protocol's clean development mechanism (CDM) to currently underrepresented countries in Latin America, the UNFCCC secretariat has joined with the development bank of Latin America to establish a CDM regional collaboration centre in Bogotá, Colombia.
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Climate action highlights in July
2 August 2013
July was a great month for action on climate change! Check out the new blog of UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, summing up the highlights of the month, which was particularly rich in examples of climate action at bi-lateral, national and business levels.

maritim 2013 New survey launched for all Parties to the UNFCCC
12 July 2013
Bonn, Germany
The secretariat is pleased to announce the launch of the "Survey of all Parties to the UNFCCC on their Level of Satisfaction with the work of the secretariat during the biennium 2012-2013". All UNFCCC National Focal Points will shortly receive an email containing the link needed to access the survey. A summary of key issues raised in the 2010 survey and related action taken by the secretariat can be found here.
Press Release Media Alert: Executive Secretary reaction to US-China agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
11 July 2013
Bonn, Germany
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres has welcomed the new, wide-ranging US-China cooperation to cut emissions from major polluting sources and to boost energy efficiency and renewable energy and underlined its importance to firm up the foundations of the new international climate agreement.
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Lighthouse The UNFCCC secretariat publishes 2012 Momentum for Change Annual Report
9 July 2013
Bonn, Germany
The UNFCCC secretariat has published its 2012 Momentum for Change Annual Report. The report describes how "lighthouse activities" were showcased last year that demonstrate the commitment by communities, civil society organizations, local governments and the private sector to take concrete climate action.
Report
Momentum for Change UNFCCC secretariat announces new members of Momentum for Change Advisory Panel
8 July 2013
Bonn, Germany
The UNFCCC secretariat has announced the appointment of eight new members to its Momentum for Change Advisory Panel. Momentum for Change inspires decision makers and the public at large to support immediate and ambitious climate action.
Media Alert
image Kyoto Protocol's clean development mechanism reaches milestone at 7,000 registered projects
8 July 2013
Bonn, Germany
The Kyoto Protocol's clean development mechanism, the international market-based tool that incentivizes greenhouse gas emission reduction projects in developing countries, has passed the 7,000 registered projects milestone.
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World Meteorological Organization

World Meteorological Organization: There has been no pause in rising global temperatures
3 July 2013
Geneva, Switzerland
The World Meteorological Organization has issued a report according to which the 2001-2010 decade was the warmest since the start of modern measurements in 1850. The report clarifies that there has been no pause in rising global temperatures, counter to what climate change deniers have been recently claiming.
WMO press release

Image Christiana Figueres addresses youth in Istanbul
27 June 2013
Istanbul, Turkey
Addressing the Global Power Shift Youth Conference in Istanbul on 27 June, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres discussed the importance of action in 2014 and ways young people can engage in the climate change challenge.
pdf-icon Statement (84 kB)
Image Renewables to surpass gas by 2016 in the global power mix
26 June 2013
According to a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA), power generation from hydro, wind, solar and other renewable sources worldwide will exceed that from gas and be twice that from nuclear by 2016. Renewables are now the fastest-growing power generation sector and will make up almost a quarter of the global power mix by 2018.
Press release
Hela Cheikhrouhou - Photo by Pierre Wachholder - SNV World Hela Cheikhrouhou selected as Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund
26 June 2013
Songdo, Incheon City, Republic of Korea
The Board of the Green Climate Fund has selected Ms. Hela Cheikhrouhou as the Fund's first Executive Director. The consensus decision by the Board follows an extensive global recruitment process to select the head of the Fund's Secretariat, which is currently in its start-up phase.
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image UNFCCC Executive Secretary reaction to the Climate Action Plan of US President Barack Obama
25 June 2013
Bonn, Germany
Reacting to the Climate Action Plan of US President Barack Obama, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres said that the plan is a necessary next step to meet an immediate, worrying shortfall in action to deal with climate change and can be a critical move forward on the path towards a new, global climate agreement.
pdf-icon Media Alert (110 kB)
image Afghanistan becomes 192nd Party to the Kyoto Protocol
23 June 2013
Afghanistan has become a Party to the Kyoto Protocol after the Protocol entered into force for Afghanistan on 23 June 2013. This brings the total number of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol to 192.
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image Christiana Figueres on Future of Energy in Latin America
18 June 2013
Bogota, Colombia
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres addressed the Inter-American Development Bank in Colombia on June 18 to discuss energy policies through 2020 that will determine the Latin America energy mix to 2030 and beyond.
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photo June UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn sees concrete progress toward new agreement and speeding up climate action
14 June 2013
Bonn, Germany
The UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, ended on Friday after making concrete progress towards a new universal climate change agreement and on creating solutions to increase existing global action to deal with climate change.
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John Ashe General Assembly elects John William Ashe of Antigua and Barbuda as President of 68th session
14 June 2013
New York/USA
The General Assembly has elected by acclamation John William Ashe, the Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations, as President of its 68th session. Announcing the 68th session's theme, "Post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage!" Mr. Ashe called on Member States to be bold, collaborative and to "forge ahead with dogged determination".
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image At UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, one of three UNFCCC negotiating bodies suspends work
11 June 2013
Bonn, Germany
At the ongoing UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, work under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change's (UNFCCC's) Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) has been suspended without governments formally adopting an agenda for the body's work at this two- week session.
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Image Fourth meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance
15-17 June 2013
Bonn, Germany
The fourth meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) took place from 15 - 17 June in Bonn, Germany.
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Thirty-second meeting of the JISC
17-18 June 2013
Bonn, Germany
The report of the thirty-second meeting of the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee is now available.
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image Third meeting of the Adaptation Committee
18-20 June 2013
Bonn, Germany
The third meeting of the Adaptation Committee, held in Bonn, concluded on 20 June.
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image Interactive youth chat with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on margins of SB 38 in Bonn
13 June 2013
New York, USA / Bonn, Germany
Young people can share their hopes and concerns about climate change with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the margins of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, 13 June 18:30-18:45 CEST, using social media. The dialogue can be viewed via webcast.
Young people, leave your comments now!
image IEA World Energy Outlook 2013 special report "Redrawing the energy-climate map" presented to delegates in Bonn
11 June 2013
Bonn, Germany
At a special event at SB 38 in Bonn, jointly organized by the UNFCCC secretariat and the International Energy Agency, IEA Chief Economist Fatih Birol presented the IEA's World Energy Outlook 2013 special report "Redrawing the energy-climate map" to delegates. Listen to the sound file below and view pdf-icon presentation. (1073 kB)
image Media statement by UNFCCC Executive Secretary on IEA report
10 June 2013
Bonn, Germany
Statement by UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres on the occasion of the release of the International Energy Agency's World Energy Outlook Special Report "Redrawing the energy-climate map"
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image Next round of UN Climate Change talks starts in Bonn, June 3
2 June 2013
Bonn, Germany
Governments begin their next round of climate change talks under the United Nations in Bonn on June 3. This meeting resumes the second session of the "Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action" (ADP), which is tasked both to complete a universal climate agreement by 2015 that will come into force from 2020, and to find ways to increase the current inadequate level of global ambition to address human-generated climate change before the end of the decade.
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Speech Opening statement by UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres at Carbon Expo in Barcelona
29 May 2013
Barcelona, Spain
In her opening address to the Carbon Expo, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres spoke about the crucial role of carbon markets and other market-based solutions in meeting the challenge of climate change.
pdf-icon Statement (96 kB)
Twitter Twitter chat with Christiana Figueres on innovative climate finance
27 May 2013
On 27 May, Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres hosted a live Twitter chat to discuss the role of innovative finance in responding to climate change. The live chat was linked to the call for applications for Momentum for Change: Financing for Climate-friendly Investment in partnership with the World Economic Forum. The chat was joined by Dominic Waughray, senior director of the WEF's Environmental Initiatives.
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Twitter Christiana Figueres chats about addressing climate change while improving the lives of the urban poor
On 21 May, Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres hosted a chat on Twitter about the role of the Urban Poor in climate change action, together with ICLEI's Yunus Arikan. The chat coincided with the call for applications for "Momentum for Change: Urban Poor" initiative. View Storify version of the chat
image United Arab Emirates first Party to accept Doha Amendment
The United Arab Emirates has become the first Party to the Kyoto Protocol to formally accept the amendment to the Protocol adopted at the eighth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol in Doha, Qatar. The United Arab Emirates deposited their instrument of acceptance on 26 April 2013. The amendment is expected to enter into force after three quarters of the Parties to the Protocol submit their instruments of acceptance to the Depositary.

In his pdf-icon letter (60 kB) dated 13 February 2013 to the Governments of the Kyoto Protocol Parties, the Secretary General of the United Nations congratulated Parties on the adoption of the Amendment and encouraged its prompt acceptance.
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image Media Alert: Statement by UNFCCC Executive Secretary on crossing of 400 ppm CO2 threshold
13 May 2013
Bonn, Germany
Reacting to the fact that the global concentration of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere last week passed the 400 parts per million mark, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Christiana Figueres on Monday called for a greatly stepped-up response to climate change by all parts of society.
pdf-icon Statement (95 kB)
image Twitter chat with Christiana Figueres and the GGCA on the COP 18 Gender Decision
14 May 2013
On 14 May, Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres engaged on Twitter on the COP 18 Gender Decision. The live Twitter chat was hosted by the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) and focused on the key objectives of the decision.
View Storify version of the chat.
Petersberg COP 18/CMP 8 President's speech at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue IV
6-7 May 2013
Berlin, Germany
In his pdf-icon speech (133 kB) at the fourth Petersberg Climate Dialogue, COP 18/CMP 8 President H.E. Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiya reiterated the responsibility of governments to move quickly through the Doha Climate Gateway agreed at COP 18 and push forward with the solutions to climate change at the national and international levels. He said that the fruitful dialogue heard at the meeting was helpful in identifying the important milestones for the work ahead.
Christiana Figueres Governments focus on concrete solutions to build new global climate agreement and drive greater climate action
3 May 2013
Bonn, Germany
The second session of the international negotiation to build a new global climate agreement and drive greater immediate climate action ended on Friday after a week in which governments focused on concrete solutions.
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image ADP Co-Chairs special event on Thursday 2 May 2013
Bonn, Germany
The ADP Co-Chairs Jayant Moreshver Mauskar (India) and Harald Dovland (Norway) convened a pdf-icon special event with observers (68 kB) on 2 May (13:15 - 14:45 local Bonn time). This special event was designed to provide observers with an opportunity to present and exchange views contributing to the substantive discussions under the ADP. Observers not physically present in the room were invited to participate virtually with the help of live webcast and via the Twitter hashtag #ADPchat.
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image Governments begin Bonn talks to discuss options towards 2015 global climate agreement and how to drive climate action now
29 April 2013
Bonn, Germany
The latest round of climate talks under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) kicked off in Bonn today, against a background of steeply rising global greenhouse gas emissions and a growing sense of urgency to take action to stave off the worst effects of climate change.
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Speech Christiana Figueres Opens Second Meeting of the ADP
29 April 2013
Bonn, Germany
The Second Meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action is currently taking place in Bonn, Germany. This meeting marks the next steps to attain an effective 2015 agreement and to close the gap between our collective ambition and the demands of science.
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Visit of G 77 Visit by the new G-77 Chair
25 April 2013
Bonn, Germany
The secretariat welcomed the new chair of the G-77 and China, Mr. Amenable Yauvoli, and his colleagues from Fiji. Exchanges of views took place on issues to be considered at the upcoming sessions in 2013.
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Boston From Climate Conflict to Climate Action: Capturing the Greatest Opportunities of Our Generation
24 April 2013
Boston, USA
At the annual Slomoff Lecture Series in Conflict Resolution at UMass Boston, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres stressed that while addressing the challenge of global climate change is daunting, it also offers major opportunities for all of society.
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Speech Media advisory: Governments and observer organizations to meet in Bonn to discuss 2015 global climate agreement, raising pre-2020 ambition
23 April 2013
Governments will convene in a week's time in Bonn, Germany for discussions on the scope, structure and design of the 2015 global climate agreement. The agreement is to enter into force from 2020, and is to apply to all signatories of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
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image UNFCCC Newsletter: Second session of the ADP set to start
23 April 2013
This latest edition of the newsletter focuses on the upcoming second session of the ADP, and includes an article by the ADP Co-Chairs giving insights into the session and the Durban Platform process. As well as a video message by UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres, it also features a guest video by Adam Matthews, Secretary General of GLOBE International, speaking on the crucial role of national legislation in reaching a universal climate agreement in 2015. Newsletter | Ultima edición del boletín de la CMNUC
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image Speech by Christiana Figueres at World Affairs Council
18 April 2013
San Francisco, USA
In her speech to the World Affairs Council in San Francisco, the UN's top climate change official Christiana Figueres said that people today "have a choice between a world of intense heat, or a world of cool technology"
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speech UNFCCC Executive Secretary delivers keynote speech at Navigating the American Carbon World
17 April 2013
San Francisco, USA
Speaking at the eleventh Navigating the American Carbon World meeting in San Francisco, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres highlighted achievements and the challenges ahead to navigate the future path of the carbon market.
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Twitter Twitter chat with Christiana Figueres and Thomas Kerr
on innovative climate finance
12 April 2013, 14:00 - 15:00 GMT
Bonn, Germany
On 12 April, Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres hosted a live Twitter chat to discuss the role of innovative finance in responding to climate change. The chat coincided with the call for applications for "Momentum for Change: Financing for Climate-friendly Investment", in partnership with the World Economic Forum. Thomas Kerr, Director of the WEF's Climate Change and Green Growth Initiatives, also joined the chat.
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Speech UN and World Economic Forum seek shining examples of financing for climate- friendly investment
12 April 2013
Bonn, Geneva
Beginning today through the end of May, people and institutions can submit examples of financial innovations for activities that curb greenhouse gas emissions or help the poor and vulnerable adapt to the inevitable effects of climate change.
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Speech UNFCCC Executive Secretary addresses the Pacific Energy Summit
26 March 2013
Auckland, New Zealand
In her statement to the Pacific Energy Summit, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres discusses the success of Pacific islands in transitioning to clean renewable energy, urges Small Island Developing States to use their voice to hasten a global transition and highlights the leadership role of the G77 chair in crafting a universal agreement in 2015.
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image Afghanistan deposited its instrument of accession to the Kyoto Protocol
25 March 2013
Afghanistan deposited its instrument of accession to the Kyoto Protocol on 25 March 2013. The Kyoto Protocol will enter into force for Afghanistan on 23 June 2013.

This brings the total number of States and regional economic integration organizations that have deposited instruments of ratifications/accessions/approvals/acceptances to 192.
Image UNFCCC Executive Secretary addresses the Pacific Leaders Energy Summit
22 March 2013
Nuku'alofa, Kingdom of Tonga
In her statement to the Pacific Leaders Energy Summit, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres praised the Tonga Energy Road Map for fostering the transition of Pacific islands away from fossil fuels, thereby providing much needed success stories which can help pave the way for a global, legally binding agreement in 2015.
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image UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary Richard Kinley addresses Technical workshop on ecosystem-based approaches for adaptation to climate change
21 March 2013
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
At the UNFCCC technical workshop on ecosystem-based approaches for adaptation to climate change, Deputy Executive Secretary Richard Kinley updated participants on the intergovernmental process and highlighted work on adaptation, including advancement of implementation and funding.
pdf-icon Statement (115 kB)
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Copyright \ Second session of the ADP
29 April - 3 May 2013, Bonn, Germany
8 February 2013
Bonn, Germany

The secretariat has received sufficient pledges to enable the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) to proceed as per paragraph 11 of the pdf-icon conclusions adopted (70 kB) by the ADP at the Doha Climate Change Conference in 2012.

Further information on the session can be found here and here.

Image Earth Hour 2013: Uniting people to protect the planet
At 8:30 pm on Saturday 23 March 2013, lights went out around the globe for Earth Hour, uniting people to protect the planet. In addition, the Earth Hour City Challenge highlights cities that are leading the way in sustainable urban development and are at the forefront of the fight against climate change.
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Momentum for Change Momentum for Change: Women for Results
Bonn, Germany
The United Nations Climate Change secretariat is calling for activities for selection under Momentum for Change: Women for Results. The period for submitting activities is open from 8 March to 26 April 2013.
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Twitter Twitter chat with the UN's top climate change official on 8 March, International Women's Day
Bonn, Germany
On 8 March, International Women's Day, Christiana Figueres hosted a Twitter chat to talk about how women can build momentum for stronger climate action. You can read the storified version of the chat here.
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Image Urgent reminder: Input from Parties on arrangements for intergovernmental meetings
1 March 2013
Bonn, Germany
Parties are urgently reminded to submit views or information on ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of arrangements for intergovernmental meetings.
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Thirty-first meeting of the JISC (JISC 31)
21-22 March 2013
Bonn, Germany
The provisional agenda and its annotations for the 31st meeting of the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee are available online.
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Image Twelfth Meeting of the Plenary of the Compliance Committee
22-23 March 2013
Bonn, Germany
The provisional agendas and annotations for the twelfth meeting of the plenary of the Compliance Committee (22 March 2013), twenty-second meeting of the enforcement branch (23 March 2013) and thirteenth meeting of the facilitative branch (23 March 2013) are available online.
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Speech Statement by Ms. Christiana Figueres
4 December 2012
UNFCCC Executive Secretary
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Seventy-second meeting of the CDM-Executive Board
4-8 March 2013
Bonn, Germany
Highlights of the 72nd meeting of the CDM-EB and the meeting report can be accessed here.
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image Second meeting of the Adaptation Committee
5-8 March 2013
Bonn, Germany
The provisional agenda and its annotations for the second meeting of the Adaptation Committee are now available online.
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Twitter chat with Christiana Figueres on "How can the world achieve the right momentum for a global climate framework"
14 February 2013, 14:00 - 15:00 GMT

In a live chat hosted by The Climate Group, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres will be asking "How can the world achieve the right momentum for a global climate framework in 2015?" and will be responding to questions.
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UNFCCC expands efforts to increase regional distribution of clean development mechanism projects
12 February 2013
Bonn, Germany
The UNFCCC secretariat and the East African Development Bank have signed a partnership agreement to establish a regional collaboration centre in Kampala, Uganda in an effort to increase participation in CDM projects.
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Faster shift of capital towards new, sustainable energy mix required
16 January 2013
Abu Dhabi
Speaking at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres said it was crucial for the world to accelerate the shift of capital towards a new, sustainable energy mix..
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Sufficient domestic climate legislation critical precondition for 2015 international climate agreement
14 January 2013
London, United Kingdom
In her opening remarks to the GLOBE Climate Legislation Summit in London, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres said that sufficient domestic climate legislation was a critical precondition for the 2015 international climate agreement.
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