As Kyoto Protocol turns 10, UN says 'first critical step' must trigger new 2015 emissions-curbing deal
16 February 2015 – As momentum builds towards negotiations in Paris next year on a universal climate agreement, the United Nations announced today that early analysis shows that countries with targets under the landmark Kyoto Protocol – the world's first emission reduction treaty – have collectively exceeded their original ambition.
States agree key document on route to climate change agreement – UN
UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré
13 February 2015 – A key milestone on the route to a new, universal agreement on climate change was reached today in Geneva, with a week of United Nations-facilitated discussions among over 190 States ending with successful conclusion of the negotiating text for a binding treaty expected to be adopted in Paris at the end of this year.
21st century 'hottest' on record as global warming continues - UN
Floods devastated much of the Balkans throughout May 2014. Photo: UNDP
2 February 2015 – Devastating weather patterns and increasing temperatures will last into the foreseeable future as global warming is expected to continue, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) confirmed today as it explained that 2014's ranking as the “hottest year on record” is part of a larger climate trend.
Regional Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction in Central Asia and the Caucasus
For two days, January 29-30, 2015, Bishkek holds a Regional Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction in Central Asia and the Caucasus. During this period participants will discuss and approve the Regional Declaration on Cooperation in the field of disaster risk reduction and framework to strengthen regional cooperation in the field of disaster risk reduction.
Cities in Central Asia, Caucasus sign up to UN campaign to become more resilient
Photo: Ridder city, Kazakhstan
12 January 2015 – Eight cities in Central Asia and the Caucasus, including capitals Tbilisi and Bishkek, have signed on to strengthen community resilience by integrating disaster risk reduction into their national and local policy, representing a big boost for the United Nations initiative which already has over 2,400 participants worldwide.
Cities in Central Asia, Caucasus Join UNISDR Resilient Campaign
What to do about climate change in mountains
While some of the clearest signs of climate change, such as glacier retreat, are seen in mountain areas, their implications reach far beyond the mountains themselves. The warming trend over the last 100 years in mountains is expected to continue, reports ‘Mountains and Climate Change: A Global Concern’, a publication that warns climate change ‘may jeopardize the important services provided by mountains’. According to the newest book in the sustainable mountain development series, changing weather patterns and water regimes, increased floods, droughts and other extreme events could accentuate the food, water and energy crises.
‘The more we delay, the more we will pay,’ says Ban, urginig action on climate
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) samples food prepared on fuel-efficient cook stoves at the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru. Photo: UNFCCC
11 December 2014 – The more action that is taken today on climate change, the more likely countries will push for stronger agreements tomorrow, United Nations Secretary-GeneralBan Ki-moon told a high-level meeting today at the UN Climate Change Conference, known also as the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20).
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At Lima climate talks, UN launches new coalition to promote renewable energy
A massive, over 7-metre-high balloon, representing one tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2). UN Photo/Mark Garten
10 December 2014 – The launch of a new coalition spearheaded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and focused on boosting renewable energy usage around the world was announced today as Member States head into the final three-day stretch of a major UN climate conference in Lima, Peru aimed at tackling the imminent threat of climate change.