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Note to Correspondents: Meeting Between Leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum and the United Nations Secretary-General

12 October 2016

On 23 September 2016, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with Pacific Island Forum leaders and the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum.

President Peter Christian of the Federated States of Micronesia outlined the outcomes of the 47th Summit of the Pacific Islands Forum held in Micronesia from 7 to 11 September. He highlighted the discussion on the sustainable development, management and conservation of the oceans and its resources, human rights, the welfare of Small Island Developing States in combating climate change and the many challenges that the Pacific region faces.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon thanked the leaders for their intention to boost the partnership between the Pacific and the United Nations. He emphasized the role of the Pacific in forging agreement on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Agreement.

Record heat “frightening development” – United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

By Andy McElroy

8d6b8922d2fa266da9d63d8cd9d36d3a-450x0BANGKOK, 23 August 2016 – Scientists and researchers were today urged to provide “solutions and guidance” so that policymakers are able to effectively address the challenge of escalating disaster risk.

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr Robert Glasser, said successive record-breaking hot months because of climate change were a “frightening development” that makes the need for risk-informed policymaking even more pressing.

“This is a critical time in the history of the planet when many look to the science and technology community for solutions and guidance. Politicians and policymakers are challenged on a daily basis by extreme weather events, poverty, environmental decline, population growth, rapid urbanisation and – most fundamentally – climate change. In short, the major drivers of disaster risk,” Mr Glasser said.

Global Climate Breaks New Records January to June 2016

nasa_press-release1Geneva, 21 July 2016 (WMO) _ Global temperatures for the first six months of this year shattered yet more records, and mean that 2016 is on track to be the world’s hottest year on record.

Arctic sea ice melted early and fast, another indicator of climate change. Carbon dioxide levels, which are driving global warming, have reached new highs.

Two separate reports from the U.S National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (NASA GISS) both highlighted the dramatic and sweeping changes in the state of the climate.

June 2016 marked the 14th consecutive month of record heat for land and oceans. It marked the 378th consecutive month with temperatures above the 20th century average. The last month with temperatures below the 20th century average was December 1984.

UNESCO: Celebrates World Oceans Day

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In the aftermath of the Paris Agreement on climate change adopted in December 2015, UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission will highlight the crucial role of the ocean in controlling the planet’s climate during the celebration of World Oceans Day at the Organization’s Headquarters on 8 June (Room II).
Long overlooked in international negotiations about climate change, the role of the ocean was taken into account for the first time at the 2015 United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris. A high level panel discussion entitled Moving from Agreement to Action, will examine the follow up to the Paris Agreement and the place of the ocean in the framework of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda adopted by the United Nations in the autumn of 2015.

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, will take part in the panel discussion, Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization and Lisa Emelia Svensson, Special Representative of Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs.

The Nippon Foundation of Japan Fellowship Programme

Applications are now open for the Nippon Foundation of Japan Fellowship Program that provides assistance to developing states on human resources development and advancement of the legal order of the world’s oceans.
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Unique needs of island nations to be the focus of the 2014 International Year of Small Island Developing States

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon plants mangrove shoots on Tarawa, the main atoll in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati. Mangroves help to protect against the rising sea levels caused by climate change. 05 September 2011 Tarawa, KiribatiFor small island developing States, the devastating impacts of climate change struck at the very heart of their survival, and without renewed political efforts to mitigate their reach, those nations would continue to suffer dramatic setbacks in their economic and social well-being, several world leaders warned today, as the General Assembly moved into the fifth day of its annual debate. Continue reading

UN urges coordinated action to reverse marine degradation

The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati has been affected by climate change. UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeIn observance of World Oceans Day, a senior United Nations official called on the international community to act in a concerted and coordinated manner to halt and reverse the damage to the planet’s open waters caused by human activity. “We are all currently very aware of the damage done to oceans and their ecosystems, these Continue reading