UN Calls for "Unprecedented" Action to Counter Global Warming

April 16, 2014

A new report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has called for global cooperation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and explores experimental options such as removing emissions from the air and burying them underground.

Activists Seek to Diminish Business Role in "Sustainability" Goals

April 16, 2014

Civil society activists have expressed alarm that "private sector actors" could "drown out" calls from civil society for a transformative set of Post-2015 UN Sustainability Goals and are seeking a commitment from organizers that businesses that wish to participate respect and report on human rights.

UN Group Holds Meetings on Global Ocean Governance

April 9, 2014

A working group of UN member states is engaging in a series of meetings to consider a treaty that would provide for the multilateral protection of marine biodiversity as part of UN efforts to advance global governance of the oceans.

Professor Withdraws from UN Climate Change Report

April 9, 2014

U.K. Professor Richard Tol of the University of Sussex has asked that his name be removed from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on the impacts of global warming, calling the report "alarmist" and arguing that it overestimates climate change's economic impact.

UN Pushes Environmental Targets in Development Goals

April 9, 2014

At the first meeting of the Open-Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives to the UN Environment Programme, governments and UN officials discussed how to push specific "targets and indicators" for the "environmental dimension" of the post-2015 UN development goals.

UN Predicts Near-Apocalyptic Results of Global Warming

April 2, 2014

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has published a report listing a series of catastrophic scenarios it associates with global warming.

UNESCO Promotes Global Warming Education in Asia

March 19, 2014

At a UN Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization ("UNESCO") conference on best practices in educating children about the threats of global warming, global experts developed recommendations for teaching climate change to be used in education systems throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

UN Talks Result in Launch of Formal Drafting Process on Climate Change

March 19, 2014

Parties to UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany consented to begin a formal process to draft the text of a binding agreement on curbing greenhouse gas emissions in preparation for an international deal on global warming, which UN officials are seeking in 2015.

Kerry Tells U.S. State Department to Make Climate Change a Priority

March 12, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has issued a policy guidance statement to all U.S. diplomats, instructing them to prioritize fighting global warming and setting out a seven-point plan to use the diplomatic process to combat greenhouse gases, including through a legally binding international agreement.

UN Conference Obtains Country Commitments Toward "Green" Economies

March 12, 2014

The inaugural UN conference on the Partnership for Action on Green Economy pushed participants from governments around the world to commit to shifting investments and environmental policies to promoting "green businesses" and sustainable development.

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