Meeting

FAO Organizes Technical Conference on Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies [viewed]

4 March 2010: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) International Technical Conference on Agricultural Biotechnologies in Developing Countries took place in Guadalajara, Mexico, from 1-4 March 2010, and was co-sponsored by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), the Government of Mexico and a number of other international partners.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary at Informal Meeting Stresses Need to Rebuild Confidence in the Negotiation Process [viewed]

2 March 2010: Speaking at the eighth Informal Meeting on Further Action against Climate Change, which took place in Tokyo, Japan, from 1-2 March 2010, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, stressed the need for the climate change negotiations to get off to a good start following Copenhagen, and for confidence in the process to be rebuilt.

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UNFCCC Releases Notification Regarding AWG-KP 11 and AGW-LCA 9 [viewed]

2 March 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released notifications to parties and observer States to the UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol, UN Secretariat units and bodies, specialized agencies and related oranizations regarding the 11th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 11) and the ninth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 9), which are scheduled to take place in Bonn, Germany from 9-11 April 2010.

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WMO Commission for Climatology Agrees on Future Strategy to Improve Climate Information and Services [viewed]

1 March 2010: Over 150 participants representing 88 countries and three international organizations met at the 15th session of the Commission for Climatology of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Antalya, Turkey, from 19-24 February 2010, and agreed on a future strategy to provide improved climate information and services.

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CIF Partnership Documents Posted, Comments Sought on Lessons in Climate Investment Funds [viewed]

March 2010: Documents for the 2010 Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Partnership Forum, which will gather CIF stakeholders to share lessons learned from the CIF design process and from early implementation of CIF-funded programmes, have been posted online. Also available online is a draft document titled "Looking Ahead for Lessons in the Climate Investment Funds: Emerging Themes for Learning," which is open for comments.

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International Experts Address Climate Change and Related Societal Demands at WMO Conference [viewed]

25 February 2010: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), jointly with the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the Turkish State Meteorological Service, convened a Technical Conference on Changing Climate and Demands for Climate Services for Sustainable Development from 16-18 February 2010, in Antalya, Turkey. More than 150 scientists from over 80 countries discussed the potential of current and future climate services in supporting governments, communities and businesses to cope with climate variability and change, and reduce related societal vulnerabilities. The event concluded with a special one-day joint session of the WMO's Commission for Climatology with the Joint Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP).

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Event: World Day to Combat Desertification [viewed]

World Day to Combat Desertification is observed every year on 17 June. The UNCCD Secretariat has selected the following theme for the 2010 Day: "Enhancing soils anywhere enhances life everywhere." This theme was selected to emphasize the relationship between soil and biodiversity during International Year of Biodiversity.  

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International Conference Adopts Declaration on Biodiversity Conservation and Use in an Era of Climate Change [viewed]

17 February 2010: The International Conference on Biodiversity in Relation to Food and Human Security in a Warming Planet convened in Chennai, India, from 15-17 February 2010, with support from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and a number of other intergovernmental organizations.

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International Conference Agrees to Develop the Global Initiative on Community-Based Adaptation [viewed]

2 March 2010: The fourth International Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA) to Climate Change convened in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 21-27 February 2010.

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IMF Managing Director Proposes Insurance for Low Income Countries Against Effects of Climate Change [viewed]

26 February 2010: Speaking at the Annual Meeting of the Bretton Woods Committee, held in Washington DC, US, on 26 February 2010, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), proposed to expand the IMF's role as a provider of insurance for low-income countries against global volatility and the effects of climate change.

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