Announcement / Statement

UNCTAD Secretary-General Joins High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing [viewed]

13 July 2010: Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), has accepted the UN Secretary-General's invitation to join his High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing.

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UNU to Hold Postgraduate Course on Climate Change Resilience [viewed]

July 2010: The UN University (UNU) has launched a call for applications for its postgraduate programme on building resilience to climate change, scheduled to take place from 13 September-1 October 2010, in Tokyo, Japan.

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US Climate Change Envoy to Travel through Latin America [viewed]

9 July 2010: The US State Department has announced that US Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern will travel to Latin America, together with Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela, from 10-15 July 2010, to discuss several climate change issues.

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COP 16 Chair Discusses COP 16 Preparations [viewed]

7 July 2010: The UN University (UNU) hosted a lecture by Patricia Espinosa, Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs and the Chair of the upcoming 16th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP16), on 5 July 2010. She discussed Mexico's preparations for COP 16, which will convene in Cancun, Mexico, at the end of 2010.

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New UNFCCC Executive Secretary Takes Office [viewed]

8 July 2010: Christiana Figueres has taken up her post as the new Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC Secretariat.

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EU Launches Consultation on EIA Directive [viewed]

6 July 2010: The European Commission has launched a public consultation in relation to the review of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive. The consultation covers, among other things, the development of synergies with other EU policies, such as climate change and biodiversity.

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Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Centre Opens in West Africa [viewed]

6 July 2010: A new regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) opened in Praia, Cape Verde, on 6 July. The Centre is supported by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Governments of Austria, Cape Verde and Spain, as well as through a special partnership between Brazil and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

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UNIDO Urges Kazakhstan to Invest in Renewable Energy [viewed]

2 July 2010: During an official visit to Kazakhstan, Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), urged Kazakhstan to increase energy efficiency and develop renewable energy sources in order to de-carbonize the power sector, help promote energy security and address climate change issues.

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UN-REDD Supports Governance Systems for REDD+ [viewed]

2 July 2010: The UN-REDD Programme has provided an overview of activities undertaken to support improvement of national governance systems for the successful implementation of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks ( REDD+).

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International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources Opens Call for Proposals [viewed]

July 2010: The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture has opened its biennial call for proposals to access funds from the $10 million Benefit-sharing Fund. The thematic focus for this call is on ensuring sustainable food security by assisting farmers to adapt to climate change through activities related to the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources.

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