Meeting

Event: ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2010 [viewed]

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference, the top policy making body of the ITU, is held every four years and sets the ITU's policy, financial planning and strategic goals. This year's Conference will consider various issues, including: ITU's strategic plan and financial plan for 2012-2015; cybersecurity; and the enhanced use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in mitigating climate change and delivering emergency communication in the wake of natural disasters. In addition, the Conference will include four side event sessions featuring debates between experts from government and industry, on: roadblocks to ‘broadband inclusion for all;' enabling a low-carbon future: the key role of ICTs to address climate change; accessible ICTs for persons with disabilities; and cybersecurity.  

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Event: Regional Forum to Update the Strategic Action Programme on Lake Tanganyika [viewed]

The forum is organized by the Secretariat of the Lake Tanganyika Authority (LTA), and attended by experts in environmental management and fisheries, government officials of the riparian countries Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, and Zambia, as well as professionals from a range of local, regional and international research institutes and NGOs, including ICRAF, IUCN, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the WWF. Participants will update the Strategic Action Programme in recognition of new threats, such as climate change and biological invasions, that have emerged since its adoption.  

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UNGA General Debate Wraps Up [viewed]

29 September 2010: The General Debate of the 65th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) concluded on 29 September 2010, in New York, US, with Assembly President Joseph Deiss (Switzerland) underlining that many speakers had addressed the risks associated with climate change, including the loss of biodiversity, and reiterated the need for more efforts to address those challenges head on.

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Equator Prize Ceremony Held at MDG Summit [viewed]

20 September 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and various partners honored 25 local and indigenous community groups from developing countries with the Equator Prize during a gala event at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, US, on the margins of the Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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UNFCCC Executive Director Speaks on Risk Transfer and Adaptation [viewed]

20 September 2010: UNFCCC Executive Director Christiana Figueres delivered a keynote address during the Swiss Re high-level event titled "Risk and Resiliency: Risk Transfer and Adaptation in Developing Economies," which took place as part of the Climate Week 2010, in New York, US.

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UNITAR and UNDP Hold Climate Change Training Workshop for Arab Countries [viewed]

September 2010: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) held a three-day training workshop on climate change for Arab countries, from 27-29 September 2010, in Jordan.

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Yale-UNITAR Conference on Environmental Governance Focuses on Climate Change [viewed]

September 2010: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and Yale University held their second Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy around the theme “Strengthening Institutions to Address Climate Change and Advance a Green Economy.”

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Event: WTO Committee on Trade and Environment [viewed]

The World Trade Organization (WTO) Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE) will discuss experiences with product carbon footprint schemes.  

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Event: Climate Change and Loss of Nature's Diversity: New Actions and Alliances in Response to Key Global Challenges 2010 [viewed]

This 2010 edition of the annual Fridtjof Nansen Memorial Lecture, hosted by the UN University (UNU), will be delivered by Erik Solheim, former Norwegian Minister of the Environment and International Development. It will focus on the impact of climate change on biodiversity loss, as well as the need for alliances and partnerships to address these global challenges.  

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September Issue of UNFCCC Newsletter Released [viewed]

29 September 2010: The September issue of the UNFCCC Newsletter focuses on the last climate change negotiating session before the 16th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Cancun, Mexico, at the end of 2010.

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