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UNDP Calls on Gulf States to Help Developing Countries Harness Clean Energy to Reduce Poverty and GHGs [viewed]

8 March 2010:During the Gulf Environment Forum 2010, which is being held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, from 7-9 March 2010, under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz and with the support of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Veerle Vandeweerd, UNDP Environment and Energy Group Director, called on Gulf States to exercise leadership in addressing both poverty and climate change challenges.

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High Commissioner for Human Rights' Annual Report Addresses Adverse Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

4 March 2010: During the 13th session of the Human Rights Council, taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 1-26 March 2010, Navanethem Pillay, High Commissioner for Human Rights, presented her report, which covers activities undertaken by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in 2009, including those aimed at raising awareness of the human rights implications of climate change-related effects.

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ICAO Commits to Develop a Carbon Dioxide Standard for Commercial Aircraft [viewed]

19 February 2010:  The International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection's (CAEP) met at ICAO headquarters from 1-12 February 2010, in Montreal, Canada, and announced the ICAO's commitment to the development of a carbon dioxide standard for commercial aircraft by 2013. This effort would result in the first global fuel-efficiency standard for any industry sector.

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Event: Workshop on Forest Governance, Decentralization and REDD in Latin America [viewed]

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), with a number of government collaborators, are organizing a workshop with participants from government, development and environmental NGOs and local community and indigenous peoples representatives to discuss regional perspectives on REDD and develop a better understanding of how decentralisation and forest governance contribute to sustainable management of forests. The results are expected to feed into the 9th session of the UN Forum on Forests. CIFOR is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  

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Africa Carbon Forum Hopes to Help Boost Africa's Share of Carbon Market [viewed]

5 March 2010: The second Africa Carbon Forum, which was held from 3-5 March 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya, aimed at helping build on growing interest in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in Africa, and concluded with expectations for a boost in Africa's share of the global carbon market.

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UNESCO to Hold Regional Consultations on the Advisability of a Universal Declaration of Ethical Principles in Relation to Climate Change [viewed]

4 March 2010: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is organizing a series of regional expert consultations between March and May 2010, with a view to assessing the advisability of a Universal Declaration of Ethical Principles in Relation to Climate Change.

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Japan Convenes Informal Meeting on Further Actions Against Climate Change [viewed]

2 March 2010: The eighth informal meeting on 'Further Actions against Climate Change' convened in Tokyo, Japan, from 1-2 March 2010, under the chairmanship of Akihiko Furuya (Japan) and Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado (Brazil).

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IPCC Expert Meeting Discusses Modelling Renewable Energies [viewed]

March 2010: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III convened an expert meeting on 'Modelling Renewable Energies' in Oxford, UK, from 28 February-1 March 2010, in support of the upcoming IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN), to be finalized in early 2011.

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Event: Fourth GEF Assembly [viewed]

The Assembly is the governing body of the GEF, in which representatives of 177 member countries participate. It meets every three to four years and is responsible for reviewing and evaluating the GEF's general policies, the operation of the GEF, and its membership. The Assembly is also responsible for considering and approving proposed amendments to the Instrument, the set of rules by which the GEF operates.  

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Event: International Conference on Biodiversity Conservation in Transboundary Tropical Forests [viewed]

Organized under the framework of the International Year of Biodiversity and by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), IUCN and others, this conference aims to review the status and way forward for the conservation, management and financing of biodiversity in transboundary tropical forests. Its results and recommendations will be submitted to the tenth session of the CBD's Conference of the Parties (COP 10), to be held in Nagoya, Japan, in October 2010.  

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