World Climate Conference 3

U.S. Will Show Climate Change Action at New Negotiating Round

This year's United Nations climate change meeting will be held in Warsaw, Poland.

A U.S. team goes to the 2013 round of negotiations on global climate change ready to demonstrate that the United States has taken “robust action” to reduce the nation’s level of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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Development Conference Ends with Pledge to Future Generations

Clinton speaking at Rio+20

The key to achieving sustainable economic growth while preserving environmental resources will be new ideas, pragmatism and optimism about “a more prosperous future,” said Secretary of State Clinton in a speech June 22 at the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, as it concluded in Rio de Janeiro.

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Clinton Head of U.S. Delegation to Rio+20 in Brazil

Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, will serve as alternate head of delegation, and Todd Stern, Special Envoy on Climate Change, will serve as chief negotiator.

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State’s Lewis at Road to Rio Conference

Rio+20 is about the future. The United States believes that Rio+20 should be a different kind of meeting, one that transforms the multilateral approach to sustainable development and incorporates its concepts across all sectors.

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Reta Jo Lewis: Regional Governments Play an Important Role in Sustainable Development Efforts

Reta Jo Lewis spoke at the opening of the Road to Rio – R20 Conference in Geneva March 7, 2012.

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U.S. Climate Change Envoy Prepares for Talks

International cooperative actions to mitigate climate change will be up for discussion when a major international meeting convenes in Durban, South Africa, November 28 through December 9. The chief U.S. negotiator, Todd Stern, expects that this year’s session on the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will build on progress made in the last two years.

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Stopping Desertification with Land Management

A boy crosses a sand dune in China's Gansu province, where overfarming has drained the water table so low that desert is overtaking farmland

Degradation of the land supporting human life and the food supply is an environmental threat that endangers the lives and livelihoods of more than 1 billion people worldwide. On September 20, world leaders met in a high-level U.N. forum for the first time to address desertification and drought.

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COP-16 Renews Hope for Global Climate Treaty

The world may finally be on its way toward a legally binding treaty that includes all major greenhouse gas emitters and compensates nations most vulnerable to climate change.

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Clinton on Cancun Agreements: Global Response to Climate Change

Today I am pleased to announce that we secured the Cancun Agreements, a set of balanced international decisions under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) which represent meaningful progress in our global response to climate change.

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U.S. Notification to the UN on Climate Change

“The United States today officially announced its desire to associate with the Copenhagen Accord and submitted its emissions reduction target to the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The U.S. submission reflects President Obama’s continued commitment to meeting the climate change and clean energy challenge through robust domestic and international action that will strengthen our economy, enhance our national security and protect our environment.

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