Tag: Alternative Energy

Waikato People’s Climate March

Press Release – Waikato Climate Action Hundreds of people gathered in Garden Place Hamilton to call upon the NZ and World’s Governments to agree on an enforceable and effective United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at the December Paris COP21 Conference whose opening is Monday …Waikato People’s Climate March – the People’s Climate Change Demands Hundreds of people gathered in Garden Place Hamilton to call upon the NZ and World’s Governments to agree on an enforceable and effective United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at the December Paris COP21 Conference whose opening is Monday 30th Nov10:00pm local NZ time. Te Kahu Rolleston, MC, opened Sunday’s proceedings with karakia, and his passionate poetry. Sarah Thompson Waikato University Law graduate explained why she was suing the Minister Climate Change Issues: ‘I made the application because the government has failed to set emissions targets that reflect the science on climate change’ Sarah is calling on the High Court to review New Zealand’s emissions targets. Speakers included Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker, Waikato Region Chair Paula Southgate, Faith, Environmental, politicians, workers rights, Forest and Bird, Kiribati and Pasifika. Everyone supported the call that New Zealand’s Government needs to do more to protect people and planet. Sambatron’s drummers and dancers led the colourful March, from Garden Place to the Ferrybank Park Band Rotunda. The carnival atmosphere March, included a life sized paper mache...

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On eve of major conference, UN chief spurs green investment

Press Release – UN News 31 August 2014 Encouraging partnerships between the private sector and small developing island nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday urged corporate leaders to invest in renewable energy and make historic strides in sustainability.SAMOA: On eve of major conference, UN chief spurs green investment in small islands 31 August 2014 – Encouraging partnerships between the private sector and small developing island nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday urged corporate leaders to invest in renewable energy and make historic strides in sustainability. “Oceans isolate small islands – but when they are managed well they become a constant source of wealth,” Mr. Ban told the high-level dialogue of the private sector forum. The event was organized jointly by the Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS), the Samoan Government and the Samoa Chamber of Commerce. The challenges facing small island developing States, such as scarce resources, population pressures and climate change, also affect businesses, he said, and corporate leaders have an interest in rising to these challenges. Praising the “extraordinary partnership and commitment” being made during the two-day private sector forum, Mr. Ban told representatives of business and industry that they have a collective responsibility to protect the most vulnerable. “People often say we are in the same boat,” he said. “I would say we...

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ASEAN and America: Partners for the Future

Speech – US Department Of State Remarks Daniel R. Russel Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Commonwealth Club San Francisco, CA As Prepared for DeliveryASEAN and America: Partners for the Future July 28, 2014 Remarks Daniel R. Russel Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Commonwealth Club San Francisco, CA As Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Phil. I’m glad to be in San Francisco, and with all of you here at the Commonwealth Club. You’re here today because you understand the importance of Asia to America. This is especially evident in a Pacific Coast state like California. More than 5.5 million Asian-Pacific Americans live in California, and millions more Californians do business, study, or otherwise benefit from their ties with the region. California exported nearly $70 billion in goods to the region last year, more than any other state. And Asia matters to the entire United States – to our economy, to our security, to our families. As a Pacific power and a trading nation, we can’t afford not to be in the Asia-Pacific. That’s why President Obama decided, before he even took office, to institute a long-term, strategic emphasis on the region. And I’m confident that strategy will extend far beyond his presidency, because we have strong bipartisan support for it – both parties understand the importance of Asia. Now, there is a...

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Podesta Leads U.S. Delegation to the Pacific Islands Forum

Press Release – US Department Of State Counselor to the President John Podesta will lead a high-level U.S. Government delegation to the Pacific Islands Forum Post Forum Dialogue (PIF PFD) on August 1 in Koror, Palau, to highlight and build upon our historic relations with the peoples and nations …Counselor Podesta Leads U.S. Delegation to the Pacific Islands Forum July 28, 2014 Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC Counselor to the President John Podesta will lead a high-level U.S. Government delegation to the Pacific Islands Forum Post Forum Dialogue (PIF PFD) on August 1 in Koror, Palau, to highlight and build upon our historic relations with the peoples and nations of the Pacific. The U.S. delegation will include senior officials from the National Security Council, United States Pacific Command, U.S. Coast Guard, Department of State, Department of the Interior, U.S. Peace Corps, U.S. Agency for International Development, and the State of Hawaii. Following former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s attendance at the PIF PFD in 2012 and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell’s attendance as Head of Delegation in 2013, this high-level delegation demonstrates continued U.S. commitment to the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region and to issues that are of utmost importance to the Pacific Islands, including oceans, climate change, renewable energy, economic growth, sustainable development, and environmental conservation. ENDS Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz Original...

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Speech to NZ Institute of International Affairs

Speech – New Zealand Government Thank you for the opportunity to provide such an important gathering with an update on New Zealands Foreign Policy. Minister of Foreign Affairs.Hon Murray McCully Minister of Foreign Affairs 7 May 2013 Speech Speech to NZ Institute of International Affairs Thank you for the opportunity to provide such an important gathering with an update on New Zealand’s Foreign Policy. I want to use this occasion to provide a quick review of the status of our relationships and from that base to look forward at some of the issues we will need to confront in the years immediately ahead. I think I can report to you that all of our important relationships are in good repair. Starting with our largest and most important relationship, Australia, I can report a continuation of the sort of cooperation that exists only between our two countries. This manifests itself especially strongly in the shared leadership role that we play in the Pacific. New Zealand exports to Australia, which have softened a little in the past two years, remain around the $10 billion mark – well ahead of our other markets. While federal elections in Australia in September will call for a quieter period in the relationship over the coming months, I have no hesitation in asserting that this unique relationship will re-gather its normal momentum regardless of the election...

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