Poland

EU climate chief says UN talks hinge on 2015 deal

Mon 25 Nov 2013 -

WARSAW, Poland ----- After another United Nations climate conference gave only modest results, European Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard says the process needs to provide a “substantial answer” to global warming in two years to remain relevant.

Ban welcomes deal at UN-led climate change talks as step towards 2015 treaty

Mon 25 Nov 2013 -

WARSAW, Poland --- The United Nations-led climate talks in Warsaw, Poland, concluded today with an agreement that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called an important stepping stone towards a universal legal agreement in 2015.

Mexico signs Majuro climate change declaration

Mon 25 Nov 2013 -

WARSAW, Poland ---- Mexico has agreed to sign the Majuro Declaration, an ambitious document created by the Pacific Islands which invites nations to become ‘climate leaders’.

Climate talks limp towards Paris pact

Mon 25 Nov 2013 -

WARSAW, Poland --- Almost 200 countries on Saturday kept alive hopes for a global deal in 2015 to fight climate change after overcoming disputes on greenhouse gas emissions cuts and aid for poor nations at a meeting widely criticised as lacking urgency.

Stopping the cheques

Nic Maclellan
Fri 22 Nov 2013 -

STANDING on the podium in Warsaw this week, president Baron Waqa of Nauru wasn’t mincing his words. “Many of the countries most responsible for climate change are retreating from their moral responsibility and obligation to act,” he said.

Taiwan artist's Warsaw installation highlights Tuvalu's plight

Fri 22 Nov 2013 -

WARSAW, Poland ----Taiwanese artist Vincent JF Huang is calling on world leaders to take the issue of global warming by the horns, with an installation art piece that roams the streets of Warsaw, where the UN Climate Change Conference is ongoing.

Nauru tells climate conference high emitters shirking responsibility

Fri 22 Nov 2013 -

WARSAW, Poland --- High carbon emitting countries are being accused of not doing enough to avert the catastrophic impacts of climate change.

Australia accused of climate change denial at Warsaw talks: Tuvalu PM

Fri 22 Nov 2013 -

WARSAW, Poland --- Australia was accused of climate change denial by the threatened Pacific Island state of Tuvalu on Thursday, in the first such accusation leveled at a country at these talks for many years.

Climate finance is essential to addressing climate change, Ban tells ministers in Warsaw

Thu 21 Nov 2013 -

WARSAW, Poland ---The top United Nations official today called on foreign ministers to prioritize the environment in domestic politics and contribute to climate financing as a way of moving towards a new global climate change agreement by 2015.

Fiji hits out at developed countries for backtracking on their climate change commitments

Thu 21 Nov 2013 -

WARSAW, Poland ---- Fiji, as chair of the Group of 77 and China negotiating bloc, has hit out at developed countries for backtracking on their climate change commitments and reminded them to show leadership, as stipulated under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Pacific Women in Climate Change - Meet Luisa Tuiafitu Malolo from Tonga

Wed 20 Nov 2013 -

This is the 5th in a series by SPREP's Nanette Woonton, to celebrate the role of Pacific women showing leadership in climate change.

Vanuatu takes frontline in gender and climate change negotiations

Florence Kuali-IAUTU – Communication Officer, NAB Warsaw, Poland
Wed 20 Nov 2013 -

WARSAW, Poland --- Vanuatu appears to be a leading country from the Pacific region in flagging gender in the eighteenth Conference of the Parties (COP18) in Doha and realizing gender is mainstreamed into COP19 Agenda and Decisions at this year’s United Nations climate change global conference currently underway in Warsaw, ...

UN links private, public partnerships to jointly create climate change solutions

Wed 20 Nov 2013 -

WARSAW, Poland ---As diplomats and environment experts continue to work towards a global climate agreement in Poland, a United Nations-business forum is trying for the first time to unite the public sector with private ventures to allow businesses and investors to set concrete actions and share solutions.

FSM fighting to lower greenhouse gas emissions under Montreal Protocol

Wed 20 Nov 2013 -

WARSAW, Poland --- Here at the UN Climate talks, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is supporting a proposal for the Montreal Protocol to take action to reduce HFC's, by doing so this will contribute to the UNFCCC goal of limiting greenhouse gases.

In Warsaw, Ban urges climate negotiators to ‘rise to the challenge,’ reach global deal

Wed 20 Nov 2013 -

WARSAW, Poland ---The world need look no further than the catastrophe in the Philippines to comprehend the profound and dangerous consequences of a warming planet, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today, urging negotiators at a United Nations conference in Warsaw to rise to the challenge “with wisdom and urgency” and pave ...

Coal industry must diversify to avert worst impacts of climate change – UN official

Tue 19 Nov 2013 -

WARSAW, Poland ----The coal industry must radically transform and diversify to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, a senior United Nations official said today at a meeting in Poland, stressing that companies must assess the risks of doing business as usual.

UN Climate talks, important for the Cook Islands

Tue 19 Nov 2013 -

WARSAW, Poland ---- In the Cook Islands, a Vulnerability and Adaptation study in Penhryn, Manihiki, Rakahanga and Atiu identified coastal erosion, salt water inundation, droughts and availability of water as some of the climate change impacts experienced by the communities.

Fiji, Chair of G77 - "We, as Small Islands can do this"

Tue 19 Nov 2013 -

WARSAW, Poland --- Fiji has risen to the challenge this year having stepped into a crucial role as Chair of a group of over 130 nations under the United Nations system known as the G77 and China.

Kiribati negotiates for survival at UN climate change talks

Tue 19 Nov 2013 -

WARSAW, Poland --- All eyes were on Kiribati, here at the 19th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention to Climate Change. Poland, Kiribati to be more exact.

Climate talks on carbon markets in 'disappointing' breakdown

Mon 18 Nov 2013 -

WARSAW, Poland ---International negotiations on how to set up new carbon markets to cut greenhouse gas levels broke down over the weekend in Warsaw, sources said, after developing nations refused to progress the issue before rich nations increase efforts to cut their own emissions.

USP students attend global climate talks

Mon 18 Nov 2013 -

WARSAW, Poland ---- Pacific island university students are walking the halls of the Stadium Narodowy in Poland, venue of the 19th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change.

Palau calling for "Leaders to Lead"

Mon 18 Nov 2013 -

WARSAW, Poland ---Over a period of 12 months Palau has had to endure both Bopha and Haiyan that went on to become Super Typhoons bringing devastation to the Philippines.

Rich nations must meet climate promises before talks can advance, China says

Fri 15 Nov 2013 -

WARSAW,Poland --- Slow-moving United Nation negotiations on fighting climate change can advance only if rich nations fulfill their promise to provide billions of dollars in finance to developing countries, China's chief climate negotiator Su Wei said Thursday.

Loss and Damage a crucial issue for the Pacific at the UN Climate talks

Fri 15 Nov 2013 -

WARSAW, Poland ---- As images of devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines flash across screens, the vulnerability of Pacific islands to extreme weather events hits home.

Cook Islands share renewable energy targets at global climate talks in Warsaw

Thu 14 Nov 2013 -

WARSAW, Poland ---- In just over a year, 50% of the Cook Islands will be powered by renewable energy and then five years later in 2020 this will increase to 100%.