Archive for September, 2011

Accreditation for COP 17/CMP 7 in Durban, South Africa will open soon

28th September 2011 Uncategorized

This alert is to inform media that the UNFCCC secretariat will be introducing a new, fully online media accreditation and registration system. This system will allow each individual seeking media accreditation to create a personal account, enter personal data and upload required documentation. Status information on the requested accreditation will also be available through the system. (more…)

UNEP Pays Tribute to Professor Wangari Maathai

26th September 2011 Uncategorized

Nairobi – Professor Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, founder of Kenya’s Green Belt Movement and patron of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), has died in Nairobi. She was 71 years old.  (more…)

The Nansen Lecture ‘Migration in Africa, An Enduring Phenomenon’

23rd September 2011 Uncategorized

Pretoria – On Thursday, 15 September 2011, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Royal Norwegian Embassy of South Africa presented the Nansen Lecture, “Migration in Africa, An Enduring Phenomenon?” at the South African Institute of International Affairs in Johannesburg. Adv. George Bizos, distinguished human rights lawyer was the special guest for the evening and Dr. Chaloka Beyani, senior lecturer in International Law at the London School of Economics and  UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, delivered the keynote speech.  (more…)

Opening address by Ms. Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action

22nd September 2011 Uncategorized

New York – Today we commemorate the adoption, by consensus, in September 2001 of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance.  I salute the vast majority of Member States who are showing their support for this important achievement intended to combat racism and make a difference in the lives of so many victims worldwide. The lead up to this commemoration has been undoubtedly challenging, in no small part because the issues are complex and sensitive. No country can claim to be free of racism but we must be resolute in finding the courage to unite and move ahead together. (more…)

Big Resource Efficiency Gains Key Opportunity for 21st Century Prosperity New UNEP Report Makes Compelling Case for Transition to Green Economy

21st September 2011 Uncategorized

Beijing, 19 September 2011 – A new ‘green’ industrial revolution is needed in the Asia-Pacific region that catalyzes dramatic improvements in resource efficiency if the countries and communities there are to prosper in the 21st century. (more…)