Adaptation
Building resilience
to climate change
 
Mitigation
Moving towards
low carbon societies
 
REDD+
Reducing Emissions
from Deforestation
and forest Degradation
Finance
New finance models
for the green economy
 
 
 

United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP17), Durban, South Africa,
28 Nov - 9 Dec 2011, Green Economy: Powering Climate Solutions

The 17th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 17) will take place in Durban, South Africa at the Durban International Conference Centre from 28 November to 09 December 2011.


News

UNEP Press Releases



Climate Talks End With Hope for a New More Comprehensive Legally-Binding Agreement
Durban (South Africa), 11 December 2011 Significant Emissions Gap However Remains With Doubts on How it Will be Decisively Bridged by 2020 Kyoto Protocol to Continue-But Covers Only a Fraction of the Necessary Global Emissions...


Reduced Emissions from Deforestation Opening Window for Green Economy Transition
Durban (South Africa), 8 December 2011 Countries across the developing world are engaging with developed country governments and the private sector to simultaneously reduce emissions from forests and fast track transitions to a low carbon, resource efficient Green Economy..

UNEP Billion Tree Campaign Hands Over to the Young People of the Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation
Durban (South Africa) / Nairobi, 7 December 2011 The management of the Billion Tree Campaign, which has overseen the planting of more than 12 billion trees worldwide, has been formally handed over by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Phasing-out Inefficient Lighting to Combat Climate Change
Durban (South Africa), 7 December 2011 The South African government, host of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban (COP17), has formally announced a comprehensive phase-out policy for inefficient lighting.

Women Most at Risk from Climate Disasters, Says UN Report
Durban (South Africa) / Nairobi, 6 December 2011 Women, particularly those living in mountain regions in developing countries, are facing disproportionately high risks to their livelihoods and health from climate change, as well as associated risks such as human trafficking, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).


UN Environment Programme Media Events at COP17 in Durban
Durban (South Africa) / Nairobi, 6 December 2011 From cutting greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficient lighting, to the role of reducing deforestation in achieving sustainable development, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is launching key studies and initiatives during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP17), being held in Durban, South Africa.


Livelihood Security: Climate Change, Migration and Conflict in the Sahel
Durban (South Africa) / Nairobi, 2 December 2011New evidence of changing climate trends in the Sahel and West Africa and their potentially profound implications for food security and regional stability will be released today at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban.


Pre-Durban Releases

HFCs: A Critical Link in Protecting Climate and the Ozone Layer
Bridging the Emissions Gap Report
Actions for Controlling Short-Lived Climate Forcers - A UNEP Synthesis Report


Speeches

Remarks by UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner during Climate Action event at COP17

07 December 2011, Durban - Let me welcome you tonight to this reception hosted by Climate Action and the United Nations Environment Programme, with the support of NEDBANK and several other sponsors.

Remarks by Nick Nuttall, UNEP Acting Director of Communications, on World Oceans Day, Durban

03 December 2011, Durban - I would like to make a few remarks about a new report by UNEP entitled the Green Economy in a Blue World. It builds on UNEP's wider work on the Green Economy, launched in 2008, and responds to a statement by the G77 and China .

Remarks by Nick Nuttall, UNEP Acting Director of Communications, During a COP 17 Side Event on the Green Economy

02 December 2011, Durban - Distinguished delegates, members of the United Nations family, ladies and gentlemen, Three years ago, UNEP launched a Green Economy Initiative, as nations around the world .

Highlights

Building the Climate Change Regime

09 December 2011, The Government of Ireland, UNEP and WRI held a side event on climate change regime designs.

UNEP Executive Director moderates Panel with Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, UN heads and countries to discuss how the United nations system is helping to power climate solutions

07 December 2011, Durban, South Africa. Under the leadership of the United Nations Secretary-General, the Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) has aligned the strengths, capacities and expertise of the organizations of the UN system to deliver as one in addressing the challenge of climate change.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon invites you to an Open Dialogue: The United Nations System Delivering as One on Climate Change:

07 December 2011, Durban, South Africa. Helping Countries to Implement the Cancún Agreements Wednesday, 7 December 2011 from 13:15 - 14:45 hrs.

Official Dept of Environmental Affairs UNFCCC COP17 Publication - Achim Steiner Editorial

06 December 2011, There is momentum on climate change.
Editorial by Achim Steiner in the Official Department of Environmental Affairs UNFCCC COP 17 Publication

Official Department of Environmental Affairs UNFCCC COP 17 Publication

06 December 2011, Durban, South Africa. The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa handed President Jacob Zuma a copy of the climate change publication produced by Succeed as an official COP17 publication.

UNEP Sustainable Energy Finance Alliance Report

06 December 2011, UNEP Sustainable Energy Finance Alliance Report Highlights New Evaluation Tools for Effective Public Finance of Clean Energy Technologies 

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COP 17 Photo Galleries

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UNEP Booth
ICC, Durban
Billion tree campaign and climate action event
Billion Tree Campaign and Climate Action Event

Exhibits 

Celebrating Forests

The Celebrating Forests photos exhibition features photographs of forests by some of the most renowned photographers in the world. We encourage you to wander through this unique display, reflecting on the importance of forests and their contribution to our lives. Forests are one of our most valuable assets on earth. They battle climate change, feed our rivers, regulate storms and floods. They provide shelter and jobs and medicines and homes for numerous species. They do wonders for our well being; they are the cornerstones of our economies. And they deserve our protection.

Visit the Celebrating Forests Exhibit at the Climate Change Response Expo
South African Climate Change Response Expo
27 November 2011 - 10 December 2011
89 - 101 Bram Fischer Road, Durban


News

Decision on the host of COP 18/CMP 8

29 November 2011, Durban, South Africa The State of Qatar and the Republic of Korea have agreed to closely cooperate to make the next major UN Climate Change Conference at the end of 2012 a success.

UN Climate Change Conference in Durban kicks off with South African President calling on governments to "save tomorrow today"

28 November 2011, Durban, South Africa Against a background of record greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere, more frequent .

Is a global agreement the only way to tackle climate change?

The Guardian, 27 November 2011 David King and Achim Steiner debate whether international climate treaties have become redundant.

Training builds momentum for Sudan’s climate change response

25 November 2011, Khartoum, Sudan As part of Sudan’s progress towards establishing a climate change National Adaptation Plan by June 2013.

Towards a green economy.

A big array of options is available to assist in a low-carbon, resource-efficient future for the world.

One World: Children’s Climate Change Musical.

NGO Responding to Climate Change (RTCC) will be staging a children’s climate change musical in Durban to celebrate the 17th Conference of the Parties.

UN recognizes momentum for stronger international and national action on climate by showcasing “Lighthouse Projects” in developing countries.

The secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is seeking to acknowledge the increasing momentum for stronger international and national action on climate change

Global launch of tvebiomovies film competition

Reaching out to YouTube film-makers and animators from the four corners of the globe, tve today launches its ambitious new tvebiomovies 2011 film competition.

UNFCCC Media Alert: Introduction by UNFCCC Executive Secretary ChristianaFigueres to noon press briefing at UNHQ in New York, 19 September 2011

We are only eleven weeks away from the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, where the world expects governments to take the next significant step in building an effective, global system to address climate change.

World Bank kicks off social media climate campaign with photo/video competition for African youth


Washington, DC / Pretoria, September 15, 2011 -- The World Bank, in collaboration with more than 30 global partners, is launching the Connect4Climate initiative -- a campaign, a competition, and a community that cares about climate change.

Side Events Schedule

1 The United Nations system delivering as one on implementation to address climate change Wednesday, 7 December 2011; 13:15 - 14:45

SLOT: General UN System side event

THEME: Overview of the United Nations system capacities and commitment at the highest level to assist Parties to the UNFCCC in implementing measures to address climate change particularly in developing countries, in all relevant areas including adaptation, capacity building and technology transfer.

FOCAL POINT: Mr. Yasin Samatar +1 917 367 2268

ANTICIPATED ATTENDANCE: 200-250

AGENCIES INVOLVED: All

2 UN System Support to Adaptation: Progress and Opportunities for Enhanced Action Monday, 5 December 2011; 13:15 - 14:45

SLOT: Adaptation

THEME: Systems and sectors essential for human livelihood, such as water resources, agriculture and food security, will be adversely affected by climate change. The event will highlight what the UN system is doing to support countries to adapt to climate change and ways to enhance this response.

FOCAL POINT: Mr. Festus Luboyera +49 172 540 9859

ANTICIPATED ATTENDANCE: 200

AGENCIES INVOLVED: UNISDR, WMO, WFP, UNCCD, UNDP, FAO, UNU-EGS, OCHA, UN-Habitat, UNICEF

3 Technology transfer in the context of shifting towards a green economy Monday, 5 December 2011; 18:30 - 20:00

SLOT: Technology Transfer

THEME: Innovation and technology are vital instruments to support climate change mitigation and adaptation. UN agencies join hands under the UN High Level Committee on Programs Working Group on Climate Change to address this issue and present examples of their actions to support developing countries.

FOCAL POINT: Mr. Joe Bradley Mobile, +41 79 248 0133

ANTICIPATED ATTENDANCE: 100 - 150

AGENCIES INVOLVED: WIPO, UNIDO, UNDESA, ITU, WTO (possibly UNDP, UNEP and UNFCCC),UNGIS members, UNESCO

4 Climate-Smart Agriculture – a transformative approach to food security, adaptation and mitigation Friday, 2 December 2011; 13:15 - 14:45

SLOT: Agriculture

THEME: Agriculture must undergo a radical transformation to meet the challenges of sustainable food security and poverty reduction with climate change. Learn about approaches that increase both productivity and the resilience of livelihoods and ecosystems, plus how REDD+ lessons can inform our progress.

FOCAL POINT: Mr. Jeffrey A. Brez , +39 366 612 1101

ANTICIPATED ATTENDANCE: 200

AGENCIES INVOLVED: IFAD, FAO, UNDP, WB, WFP, UNEP

5 Engaging the Private Sector in Climate Finance: Opportunities and Challenges (IFC and UNDP) Friday, 2 December 2011; 18:30 - 20:00

SLOT: Financing mitigation and adaptation action

THEME: The private sector will play a pivotal role in climate finance for the foreseeable future. Given how public policy has accelerated adoption of clean technology, the session will highlight business opportunities and challenges through examples taken from established development projects in Africa.

FOCAL POINT: Ms. Maureen Shields Lorenzetti , +1 202 352 3572

ANTICIPATED ATTENDANCE: 150

AGENCIES INVOLVED: UNDP, WB, IFC, IBRD, IMF

6 Results-Based Capacity Development to Address Climate Change: Lessons Learned from UN Initiatives Friday, 2 December 2011; 13:15-14:45

SLOT: Capacity-building

THEME: The side event will showcase UN success stories and discuss learning mechanisms and indicators on capacity building. It will pay special attention to needs expressed by parties on mitigation, adaptation, technology, finance, REDD and consider existing UN tools and initiatives such as CC:Learn.

FOCAL POINT: Ms. Cassie Flynn , + 1 212 906 6591

ANTICIPATED ATTENDANCE: 150

AGENCIES INVOLVED: UNDP, UNEP, UNITAR, UN CC:Learn agencies

7 Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS): Climate Information for Sustainable Development Thursday, 1 December 2011; 13:15 - 14:45

SLOT: Climate knowledge: science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

THEME: Climate services are weakest in places where they are most needed – in vulnerable developing countries. For a modest investment, and by building on existing systems and capacities, the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) can bring benefits for sustainable development in all countries.

FOCAL POINT: Mr. Mannava Sivakumar , +41 79 51 482 51

ANTICIPATED ATTENDANCE: 200

AGENCIES INVOLVED: IOC/UNESCO, WMO, FAO, UNEP, UNEP, UNIDO, UNDP, UNESCO, WFP, UN Water, WHO, ISDR (GCOS, GOOS, GTOS)

8 The UN system supporting climate change action Wednesday, 30 November 2011; 13:15 - 14:45

SLOT: Supporting global, regional and national action

THEME: UN agencies will provide comprehensive information on how they can assist countries, in particular, developing countries, in their transformation to low carbon economies. The event will focus on broad and important areas in terms of emissions and sustainable development: food, power and transport.

FOCAL POINT: Mr. Eivind Vagslid , +44 7814702093

ANTICIPATED ATTENDANCE: 200

AGENCIES INVOLVED: IMO, FAO, IAEA, UNEP, UN-Habitat, UNDESA, WMO, UNESCO, Regional Commissions

9 Explaining climate change to youth: A Prerequisite for Action Thursday, 1 December 2011; 18:30 - 20:00

SLOT: Public awareness and education

THEME: As the impacts become clearer to people everywhere, the education community is increasingly being called upon to include climate change in their programmes. This side event will highlight how educators, youth organizations, parties and development partners are putting climate change into education.

FOCAL POINT: Mr. Dan Shepard , +1 646 675 3286

ANTICIPATED ATTENDANCE: 100

AGENCIES INVOLVED: UNDPI, WB, UNDP/UNDG, UNESCO, UNEP, UNFCCC, UNDESA, UN Comss Group Task Force on CC

10 Investing in people: tools and country experiences integrating social dimension in climate response Wednesday, 7 December 2011; 18:30 - 20:00

SLOT: Social dimensions of climate change

THEME: Under the framework of the current discussion on the climate change architecture this event will identify tools and experiences from countries and UN organizations that have integrated different social factors into policies and programmes and generated additional co-benefits.

FOCAL POINT: Ms. Elena Villalobos Prats, +41 792 134 304

ANTICIPATED ATTENDANCE: 150

AGENCIES INVOLVED: WHO, ILO, IOM, UNDESA UNAIDS, UNESCO, UNITAR, UN-HABITAT,UN-WOMEN, WB, WFP, UNICEF, UNFPA

11 Linkages between green economy measures, trade and climate change Thursday, 8 December 2011; 13:15 - 14:45

SLOT: Green growth: Economy, trade and sustainable development

THEME: The event intends to explore the linkages between green economy measures (ie standards, market instruments, support mechanisms) trade and climate change and the extent to which such measures can make a positive contribution to sustainable development and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

FOCAL POINT: Ms. Ludivine Tamiotti , + 41 22 739 5694

ANTICIPATED ATTENDANCE: 80

AGENCIES INVOLVED: UNWTO, UNEP, WMO, ICAO, WTO, WB, IMO, UNDP, UN ESCAP, ADB

12 Public - Private Partnerships: Promoting inclusive, equitable, and gender-sensitive climate finance Thursday, 8 December 2011; 13:15 - 14:45

SLOT: Gender

THEME: This high-level side event will showcase how all actors – from government ministries to UN agencies to microfinance organizations to large capital funds – can contribute to gender equality and women’s empowerment through more equitable and inclusive climate finance.

FOCAL POINT: Mr. Tim Scott, +1 301 980 2373

ANTICIPATED ATTENDANCE: 250

AGENCIES INVOLVED: WFP, WHO, UN SCN, UNF, WB, UNDP, Interagency Task Force on Gender and Climate Change (UNDP, UN Women, UNEP, UNFPA, UNESCO)

13 UN-OCEANS: working together on global ocean and coastal climate change issues Thursday, 8 December 2011; 18:30 - 20:00

SLOT: Oceans

THEME: Showcasing how UN-OCEANS member agencies work together to make a difference in understanding and responding to the global challenges of climate change issues affecting our oceans and coasts

FOCAL POINT: Mr. Andrew Hudson, +1 917 349 7303

ANTICIPATED ATTENDANCE: 75-100

AGENCIES INVOLVED: UN Oceans, UNDP, UNEP, FAO, IOC/UNESCO, IMO, CBD, UNEP

14 Side event on emissions from international transport – global actions for global industries Tuesday, 29 November 2011; 18:30 - 20:00

SLOT: Bunkers

THEME: A panel will discuss GHG emissions from international aviation/ shipping. ICAO will focus on the implementation of concrete actions towards the achievement of global goals adopted by the 37th Assembly. IMO on its breakthrough adoption of the first ever mandatory CO2 standard for an industry sector.

FOCAL POINT: Ms. Jane Hupe , +1 514 954 6363

ANTICIPATED ATTENDANCE: 150

AGENCIES INVOLVED: IMO, ICAO

15 Implementing the Cancun Adaptation Framework: Vulnerability, Changing Populations and Human Mobility Tuesday, 6 December 2011; 13:15-14:45

SLOT: Population dynamics

THEME: Population changes—mobility, urbanization, growing numbers of young people—shape and are shaped by climate vulnerability, including in conflict or natural resource dependent settings, affecting health, food security and livelihoods. Adaptation and humanitarian actions must incorporate these changes.

FOCAL POINT: Mr. Daniel Schensul , +1 401 447 8279

ANTICIPATED ATTENDANCE: 150

AGENCIES INVOLVED: UN-Habitat, UNEP, DPA, IOM, OCHA, DFS, UNFPA, UN-Habitat, UNICEF, UNU, WHO, UNHCR

16 Making Progress with REDD+: Applying Lessons Learned to Enhance Success Wednesday, 30 November 2011; 13:15-14:45

SLOT: Forestry/REDD+

THEME: Countries worldwide are implementing REDD+ readiness and significant lessons are already emerging. Join us to discuss how these are advancing REDD+ and revealing opportunities to connect with other sectors to meet climate and sustainable development goals while catalyzing a green economy transition.

FOCAL POINT: Ms. Seraphine Haeussling, +33 1 44 37 76 15

ANTICIPATED ATTENDANCE: 150

AGENCIES INVOLVED: UNEP, UNDP, FAO

Other Events

1 Climate Action Networking Reception
Wednesday 7th December 2011

VENUE: Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South Africa

PANEL DEBATE: 5.00PM

OFFICIAL RECEPTION: 6.30pm-10.00pm

Following the success of the inaugural Climate Action Networking Reception in Cancun, Mexico for COP16, Climate Action in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Nedbank, are convening a second reception at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, alongside COP17.

The reception presents a unique, invitation-only opportunity to meet with selected attendees from COP17 in an informal and relaxed atmosphere, at one of Durban’s most iconic venues. Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, will address the reception and will introduce a selection of short addresses from key figures within the environmental debate, all along the theme of delivering partnerships for green growth.

More link to: http://www.climateactionprogramme.org/networkingdurban