Announcement / Statement

UNECE, FAO Launch PhD Thesis Award on Forest Management [viewed]

21 March 2011: The Forestry and Timber section of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) launched a PhD Thesis Award to promote scientific research on sustainable forest management.

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UN/ISDR Holds Briefing on Preparations for Third Session of the Global Platform for DRR [viewed]

21 March 2011: Co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Mexico and Norway to the UN, together with the Secretariat of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), a Briefing on the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction – Mid-term Review of the Hyogo Framework for Action and Preparations for the Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) – took place on 21 March 2011, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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World Bank Outlines Green Growth Strategy for China [viewed]

20 March 2011: Speaking at the China Development Forum held in Beijing, China, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, World Bank Managing Director, analyzed China's macroconomic situation, highlighting that the country is "taking on issues of global importance such as climate change."

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CBD, IPCC Invite Contributions for AR5 on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

16 March 2011: The Secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have issued a joint notification inviting CBD National Focal Points and focal points for the CBD's Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to contribute to and review chapters of its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) related to biodiversity and climate change, to be completed in 2014.

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Eight Countries Ratify IRENA Treaty [viewed]

18 March 2011: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has reported that eight countries have ratified its treaty, bringing the total number of member States to 65.

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SPREP Announces Pacific Desk for Meteorological Services [viewed]

14 March 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) announced that the Pacific Meteorological Services will create a "Pacific Desk" at SPREP to help implement the 10-year strategy for enhanced meteorological services in the region.

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ECREEE Seeks Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partners [viewed]

February 2011: The Economic Community Of West African States' (ECOWAS) Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) is executing a stock-taking exercise to identify qualified partners to support the creation of renewables and energy efficiency markets in West Africa.

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New IEA Executive Director Selected [viewed]

11 March 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) Governing Board has selected Maria van der Hoeven (Netherlands) to succeed Nobuo Tanaka as IEA Executive Director, beginning 1 September 2011.

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IEA Chief Economist and Stern Warn on Climate Complacency [viewed]

10 March 2011: Fatih Birol, Chief Economist of the International Energy Agency (IEA),  and Lord Nicholas Stern, Chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change at the London School of Economics, have published an Op-Ed titled "Urgent Steps to Stop the Climate Door Closing," in which they warn against the danger of not doing enough to tackle climate change.

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UNFCCC Establishes Portal for Parties' Submissions [viewed]

March 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has created a common portal, where submissions from parties can be viewed.

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