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image Secretary General Says 2015 Climate Agreement Must be Ambitious and Achievable
11 April 2014
The world's Governments have pledged to reach a universal legal climate agreement by 2015. This agreement must be both ambitious and achievable because, at the same time, addressing the climate challenge presents a golden opportunity to promote prosperity, security and a brighter future for all, says Ban Ki-moon.
windmill The United Nations Launches Decade of Sustainable Energy for All
9 April 2014
The initiative, running from 2014 to 2024, is aimed at promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency worldwide, with a forum to take place annually. The first forum is starting this coming June.
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image As WHO Marks World Health Day, UNFCCC Welcomes Nepal's 150,000 Energy Efficient Cookstoves in Country's First CDM Project
7 April 2014
The first programmatic Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project in Nepal has been launched this week and will provide energy efficient cookstoves to 150,000 households. According to the World Health Organization, over 4 million people die prematurely from illness attributable to the household air pollution from cooking with solid fuels.
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Read more on recent ADP renewable energy technical expert meeting
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Visit the secretariat's portal on global cooperative initiatives
Visit the Momentum for Change website for inspiring examples of global climate action on the ground
image Youth Climate Campaigner on Expedition to North Pole
7 April 2014
Armed with a UN flag lent by the UNFCCC secretariat, 15-year-old Felix Finkbeiner speaks from the North Pole: "I am here to raise awareness among young people about climate change and the risks to the future of children everywhere. I implore world leaders to complete unfinished business - to put in place actions and funding to deliver a low carbon century at the UN climate conference in Paris in 2015. I want to thank Christiana Figueres and her staff for providing a UN flag and for the important work they're doing towards a better world for everyone."
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EU Backs Increased Climate Cooperation with Africa, China and the US
7 April 2014
During a series of high-level meetings in Brussels last week, the EU backed increased cooperation on climate change with Africa, China and the US in the run-up to COP 21 in Paris.
Following an EU-Africa ministerial summit 2-3 April, the EU and Africa said they were committed to initiate or intensify domestic preparations for their intended nationally determined contributions towards achieving the ultimate objective of the UNFCCC and to communicate them well in advance of COP 21, by the first quarter of 2015.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Brussels last week. In a joint Chinese-EU statement published 2 April, both sides recognized the need to strengthen cooperation on climate change ahead of COP 21.They underlined their commitment to making significant cuts in greenhouse gas emissions through credible and verifiable domestic action and agreed on the importance of all parties presenting their contributions well in advance of the Paris meeting.
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Also in Brussels, the EU-US Energy Council reaffirmed its mutual determination to work towards the adoption in Paris in 2015 of a protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force under the UNFCCC applicable to all Parties, to strengthen the multilateral, rules-based regime.
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image Address to Generation Client Conference
4 April 2014
London, United Kingdom
Speaking to clients of Generation Investment Management, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres highlighted the importance of pointing global finance flows towards green investments and green business models. She called on investors to actively work towards this goal over the next 18 months to build confidence that increases ambition in national policy.
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mage Christiana Figueres Calls on Oil and Gas Industry to Undertake Radical Transformation towards New, Sustainable Energy Mix
3 April 2014
London, United Kingdom
In an address to the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues (IPIECA), UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres called on the oil and gas industry to undertake a radical transformation towards a new, sustainable energy mix in order to align itself with the physical and political realities of climate change.
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Press Release Christiana Figueres Says Latest IPCC Findings Point to Extreme Climate Risk, Plethora of Opportunities for Climate Action
31 March 2014
Bonn, Germany
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres today said the latest government-approved science more clearly than ever points to the extreme risks posed by climate change, as well as the many opportunities to put the world on a safer and more resilient path.
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UN Climate Change Secretariat to Showcase Worldwide Climate Action: Call for Applications Now Open
31 March 2014
Bonn, Germany
Starting today, communities, businesses and governments that are taking the lead on tackling climate change can apply to have their game-changing projects recognized by the UN Climate Change secretariat. The secretariat's Momentum for Change initiative officially opened the call for applications for its 2014 Lighthouse Activities
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Watch Google Hangout with Christiana Figueres

Press Release In Year of Climate Ambition, Cape Town Blazes a Trail for Urban Action
28 March 2014
Vancouver/Bonn/New York
Three prominent personalities in the field of climate action congratulated Cape Town for winning this year's Earth Hour City Challenge. The Earth Hour City Challenge is a year-long competition to promote renewable energy and prepare for climate change.
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Christiana Figueres Address to opening plenary of IPCC Working Group II in Japan
25 March 2014
In a video address to the opening plenary of the IPCC's Working Group II in Japan, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres thanked all the scientists for their hard work in completing this second instalment of the Fifth Assessment Report on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability. She said this report, together with the contribution of WG III expected to be adopted in two weeks in Berlin, will shine unprecedented light on how we can meet the climate change challenge.
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image Address to Generation Client Conference
4 April 2014
Speaking to clients of Generation Investment Management, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres highlighted the importance of pointing global finance flows towards green investments and green business models. She called on investors to actively work towards this goal over the next 18 months to build confidence that increases ambition in national policy.
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image Climate change is putting world at risk of irreversible changes, scientists warn
18 March 2014
In a rare intervention into a policy debate, the American Association for the Advancement of Scientists urged Americans to act swiftly to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – and lower the risks of leaving a climate catastrophe for future generations.
image World Meteorological Day Focuses on Youth
23 March 2014
"Weather and Climate: Engaging Youth" is the theme of World Meteorological Day 2014, seeking to increase awareness among young people about climate change and mobilize them as champions for action.
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WMO Annual Climate Statement Highlights Extreme Events
The year 2013 once again demonstrated the dramatic impact of droughts, heat waves, floods and tropical cyclones on people and property in all parts of the planet, according to the WMO's Annual Statement on the Status of the Climate. The report confirms that 2013 tied with 2007 as the sixth warmest on record, continuing the long-term global warming trend. It provides a snapshot of extreme events as well as details of ice cover, ocean warming, sea level rise and greenhouse gas concentrations – all inter-related indicators of our changing climate.
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image International Day of Forests
21 March 2014
The United Nations General Assembly has declared 21 March the International Day of Forests. This new global celebration of forests builds on the success of the International Year of Forests in 2011, and provides a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and of trees outside forests.Visit official website

New Report by the International Resource Panel (IRP) Provides Routes to Integrating REDD+ into Green Economy Approaches
21 March 2014
According to a new IRP report, an investment of USD 30 billion per year - under seven per cent of the USD 480 billion paid in annual global fossil fuel subsidies - in the REDD+ forest conservation initiative can speed up the global transition to green and sustainable growth and ensure the long-term wellbeing of tens of millions in developing countries.
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This is also a moment for reflection. Four fifths of the forest that covered almost half of the Earth's land surface eight thousand years ago have already been irreplaceably degraded or destroyed. Read more

Press Release Negotiations towards new universal climate agreement in 2015 get underway
14 March 2014
Countries got down to the business of fleshing out how a new universal agreement on climate change might look by the deadline of Paris 2015 as part of worldwide efforts to keep a global temperature rise under 2 degrees Celsius this century.
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UNEP Decisive Action Needed on New Climate Deal, Say Ministers and Experts
13 March 2014
Los Cabos, Mexico
Clear, decisive and urgent action on agreeing a new global climate deal is essential to minimize the impacts of climate change and protect the world's most vulnerable populations, some of the world's top authorities on climate change said during a meeting of environment ministers in Mexico.
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image Call for projects: NAMA registry announces 1 million Euros from the Government of Austria
The Republic of Austria has offered Euro1 million of support for the preparation of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) under the registry. The registry matches NAMAs in need of support with funders willing to provide that support. The funds from Austria represent an active call to developing countries to bring forward requests for funding.
Image Executive Secretary urges national legislatures to build greater political space for a strong 2015 climate agreement by swift ratification of amendment to Kyoto Protocol
24 February 2014
Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres has urged national legislatures to swiftly ratify the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol, which establishes a second commitment period and introduces legal changes required for its implementation."We need national legislatures to support the agreements which have already been made under the international climate negotiations. The amendment is particularly important because it underlines the continued commitments of industrialized countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions," she said.
image Executive Secretary opens ADP Meeting, starting 2014 climate change talks in Bonn
10 March 2014
At the opening of the fourth part of the second session of the ADP in Bonn, Germany, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres highlighted that Parties are not acting alone on climate change and urged governments to work together in the spirit of cooperation.
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image International Women's Day 8 March 2014
The United Nations is organizing a series of events around the world to celebrate this year's International Women's Day on the theme "Equality for women is progress to all." Celebrations start with a high-level event at United Nations headquarters in New York on 7 March.
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Read UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's message on international women's day
image Why women are the secret weapon to tackling climate change
6 March 2014
As countries around the world look to celebrate International Women's Day on 8 March, in an editorial for CNN UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres speaks about the importance of reflecting on the unique position of women when it comes to climate change, and highlights some inspiring examples of action led by women who are already experiencing the effects of climate change and developing solutions to address them.
image UNFCCC celebrates International Women's Day
The UNFCCC secretariat joins this year's celebrations of International Women's Day on 8 March by highlighting women's inspiring actions and the importance of gender equality for addressing climate change. The theme of this year's International Women's Day - 'Equality for women is progress for all' - is particularly pertinent when it comes to climate action.
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image UNFCCC Newsletter: Focus on March session of the ADP
5 March 2014
The focus in this latest edition of the newsletter is on the first session in 2014 of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP), taking place in Bonn from 10-14 March. It features a video message by UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres, as well as an in-depth article by the ADP Co-Chairs, Mr. Kishan Kumarsingh of Trinidad and Tobago and Mr. Artur Runge-Metzger of the European Union.
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Press Release First round of UN climate change negotiations in 2014 set to kick off in Bonn
5 March 2014
Bonn, Germany
This year's UN climate change negotiations kick off in Bonn next week, marking the beginning of an intense year of conferences and summits designed to lead to a meaningful, universal agreement in Paris in late 2015. The meeting (10 – 14 March) will include work towards the new global climate agreement, to enter into force from 2020, and work to find ways to boost immediate, effective climate action.
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South Sudan deposits its instrument of accession
South Sudan deposited its instrument of accession to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change on 17 February 2014. The Convention will enter into force for South Sudan on 18 May 2014. South Sudan's accession will bring the number of Parties to the Convention - both States and regional economic integration organizations - to 196, as of 18 May 2014. A full list of the Parties who have ratified or acceded to the Convention can be found here.

image 2nd GLOBE Legislation Summit
27 February 2014
Washington D.C. USA
Speaking at the launch of the 4th GLOBE Climate Legislation Study and the Partnership for Climate Legislation in Washington D.C., UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres underlined the key role of national legislation in reaching a 2015 climate agreement. She urged legislators to cut through partisan divide with practical truth and recognize climate action as sound economic, security, health and development policy.
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Royal Society and US National Academy of Sciences release joint publication on climate change
27 February 2014
The Royal Society and the US National Academy of Sciences have released a joint publication that explains the clear evidence that humans are causing the climate to change, and that addresses a variety of other key questions commonly asked about climate change science.


Climate talks in Paris look promising
25 February 2014
The wild weather being witnessed across the globe - from Australia's hottest summer to Britain's wettest winter - is spelling out some of the sobering impacts facing everyone from unchecked climate change. In a joint editorial, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres and Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer of Unilever, talk about how the unprecedented impacts are a wake-up call to all of us.

SIDS 2014

UN kicks off International Year to raise profile of small island developing countries
24 February 2014
While drawing attention to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, the International Year of Small Island Developing States – which kicked off today at the United Nations – is also a chance to address increasing environmental degradation, and social and economic marginalization in those countries.

Songdo, Incheon City Green Climate Fund Board takes key decisions on operations
and makes progress on 'Essential Eight'
22 February 2014
Bali, Indonesia
The Board of the Green Climate Fund met in Indonesia to progress the eight essential requirements for its initial resource mobilization and take fundamental decisions to advance the institution's operations.
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Image Dynamic new platform to protect forests worldwide
21 February 2014
Washington D.C., USA
The World Resources Institute (WRI), Google, UNEP and a group of more than 40 partners yesterday launched Global Forest Watch (GFW), a dynamic online forest monitoring and alert system that empowers people everywhere to better manage forests. For the first time, Global Forest Watch unites the latest satellite technology, open data and crowdsourcing to guarantee access to timely and reliable information about forests.

High-level ministerial engagement at the June sessions
10 February 2014
The high-level ministerial round table on increased ambition of Kyoto Protocol commitments (mandated by Decision 1/CMP.8, para. 10) will take place on Thursday 5 June. The high-level ministerial dialogue on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (mandated by Decision 1/CP.19, para. 7) will take place on Friday 6 June. Further information on these events will be made available soon. The COP 19/CMP 9 President, Mr. Marcin Korolec, will preside over these two high-level events.

Christiana at C40 Christiana Figueres speaks at the C40 Cities Mayors Summit
5 February 2014
In remarks to mayors of the world's largest cities gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres recognizes the leadership of cities in advancing the global climate change agenda and outlines specific actions cities can take to become more vocal in the international dialogue regarding climate change response.
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Press Release COP 19 and CMP 9 Reports published
31 January 2014
The Reports of COP 19 and CMP 9 are now available online. The Reports contain the COP 19 and CMP 9 decisions taken at the Warsaw Conference and the proceedings from the sessions of COP 19 and CMP 9.
image UN Secretary-General visits Bonn UN Campus
31 January 2014
Bonn, Germany
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the UN Campus in Bonn today and spoke to UN staff in the new UNFCCC headquarters building. He called on staff to rise to three core challenges: To help implement the existing Millennium Development Goals, help design the new Sustainable Development Goals and help conclude the 2015 global climate change agreement.
image Michael Bloomberg appointed Special Envoy for Cities & Climate Change
31 January 2014
The former Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, has been appointed Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. His mission: to spur the major cities of the world, responsible for around 70% of all energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, to greater climate action - also in support of an effective global climate agreement in 2015
Press Release UN's Top Climate Official Welcomes Appointment of Jukka Uosukainen as Director of New Climate Technology Centre and Network
17 January 2014
Bonn, Germany
Jukka Uosukainen, a Finnish national, has been chosen as the Director of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN).
His appointment was today welcomed by UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres.
Press Release Safeguarding Future Retirement Funds – Time for Investors to Move Out of High-Carbon Assets Says UN's Top Climate Official
15 January 2014
New York, USA
The UN's top climate change official Christiana Figueres today urged
investors to accelerate the greening of their portfolios as one crucial step towards a low-carbon economy that can better cope with the threats and seize the opportunities from climate change.
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image Bloomberg: Global carbon market set for 15 per cent upturn
13 January 2014
According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), the global carbon market will be worth Euro 46bn in 2014, rising 15 per cent from last year's rock bottom value of Euro 40bn. Prices now stand at around Euro 5 per tonne of CO2, but BNEF expects them to rise to Euro 7.50 a tonne during the course of the year as the reduction in the number
image Surge in global solar market forecast by Deutsche Bank
10 January 2014
Leading investment house Deutsche Bank has dramatically lifted its demand forecasts for the global solar industry. It cited 5 principal reasons for its raised forecasts, which would see the global solar market almost double in size from 2012 to 2015.