Announcement / Statement

EC Grants Stockholm and Hamburg the Green Capital Cities of Europe Award [viewed]

23 February 2009: The cities of Stockholm and Hamburg have been granted the first Green Capital Cities of Europe award by the European Commission (EC), for 2010 and 2011, respectively.

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UN's UNite to Combat Climate Change Campaign Organizes Kilimanjaro Climb [viewed]

25 February 2009: In cooperation with the UN's UNite to Combat Climate Change campaign and as a part of the Kilimanjaro Initiative's fourth annual ascent to the “rooftop of Africa,” ten underprivileged youth from urban areas in Kenya, Tanzania and Ghana will summit Mount Kilimanjaro, beginning 28 February 2009. This year's summit is intended to raise awareness of climate change.

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First JI Project Verifier Accredited [viewed]

18 February 2009: The Kyoto Protocol's joint implementation (JI) mechanism has accredited its first third party verifier, TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH, which will determine the acceptability of emission reduction projects and verify emission reductions achieved.

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UNFCCC Posts Information on 14th Meeting of JISC [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat

17 February 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has posted information on the upcoming 14th Meeting of the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC), which will take place from 17-18 February 2009, in Bonn, Germany.

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EBRD's Annual Meeting to Address Energy Efficiency and Climate Change [viewed]

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

February: Under the heading “Opportunities in a tougher climate,” the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will hold its annual meeting and business forum from 15-16 May 2009, in London, UK. During the meeting, a discussion panel will consider “Energy Efficiency and Climate Change: A Source of Economic Growth and Competitiveness.”

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First Carbon-Free Polar Research Station to Contribute to WMO International Polar Year [viewed]

Princess Elisabeth station

17 February 2009: Belgium's Princess Elisabeth station in the eastern Antarctic has become the world's first carbon-free polar research station. It will contribute data to the programmes of the International Polar Year, a scientific endeavor organized by the International Council for Science and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

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UN Secretary-General Reviews Travels, Confirms High-Level Meeting on Climate Change in September 2009 [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

10 February 2009: In a press conference given at UN Headquarters in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon provided an overview of his recent travels. He recalled that in Davos, Switzerland, at the World Economic Forum, he spoke on climate change and stressed the need for “global leadership of the highest order” to complete the negotiations in December in Copenhagen. He also mentioned that in Delhi, India, at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, he argued for “green growth” or a Green New Deal that stimulates economic growth and fights climate change by investing in renewable energy. He indicated that he would carry this theme forward at the upcoming G-20 summit meeting in London, UK, on 2 April.

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World Bank Invites Youth to Write about Climate Change [viewed]

World Bank Invites Youth to Write about Climate Change

January 2009: The World Bank has launched its annual international essay competition. This year's edition focuses on how young people up to 25 years old are affected by climate change, and how to tackle it with youth-led solutions.

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CBD Executive Secretary on World Wetlands Day: Climate Change Impacts the Water Cycle [viewed]

Poster of World Wetlands Day

2 February 2009: On the occasion of World Wetlands Day, celebrated on 2 February 2009, the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Ahmed Djoghlaf, delivered a message stressing the need for integrated management of land and water.

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IFPRI's Director Awarded Bertebos Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry [viewed]

29 January 2009: Joachim von Braun, Director of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), received the Bertebos Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry for his work in development economics and as the head of several development research institutions focusing on food, agriculture and rural poverty.

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