Meeting

VIENNA ENERGY CONFERENCE 2009 DISCUSSES ENERGY IN THE CONTEXT OF CURRENT CRISES [viewed]

The Vienna Energy Conference 2009 convened at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria, from 22-24 June 2009, and was jointly organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Austrian Development Cooperation, the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE).

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Adaptation Fund Board Discusses Operational Guidelines [viewed]

© Adaptation Fund6 July 2009: The Adaptation Fund (AF) Secretariat has posted a summary of the proceedings of the sixth AF Board meeting, which convened in Bonn, Germany, from 15-17 June 2009, and discussed elements related to the AF's Operational Guidelines.

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CDM Methodologies Panel and SSC Working Group Reports Released [viewed]

2 July 2009: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has released the reports from the 39th meeting of its Methodologies Panel and the 21st meeting of the Small Scale Working Group (SSC WG).

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Event: Drafting Committee Meeting for the Report of the Second Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

The Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on biodiversity and climate change was established in response to decision IX/16 of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to provide biodiversity-relevant information to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) through the provision of scientific and technical advice and assessment on the integration of the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity into climate change mitigation and adaptation activities. Findings from the AHTEG's first (17-21 November 2008, London, UK) and second (18-22 April 2009, Helsinki, Finland) meetings were compiled into a draft report, which was subject to a peer review process. The drafting committee meeting is expected to finalize the AHTEG's report to be submitted to the UNFCCC.  

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IPCC Posts Chair's Vision Paper for Scoping Meeting [viewed]

© IPCC6 July 2009: The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has posted a number of documents in preparation for the Scoping Meeting for the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), which will convene in Venice, Italy, from 13-17 July 2009.

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UNEP Hosts Chinese CEOs to Exchange Views on Green Economy [viewed]

© UNEP2 July 2009: The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) hosted a workshop for 16 Chinese Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) to discuss UNEP's Green Economy initiatives and its work on combating climate change, international campaigns, and activities on green construction, reforestation and green technology.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses CARICOM [viewed]

2 July 2009: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his message to the 30th Heads of Government meeting of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), from 2-3 July 2009 in Georgetown, Guyana, announced he would soon launch a Global Vulnerability Alert System.

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UN Executive Heads Call for Copenhagen to be Turning Point for a Global Green Economy [viewed]

© UN30 June 2009: The UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), which brings together the executive Heads of the organizations of the UN System, issued a statement titled “Green Economy: A Transformation to Address Multiple Crises.”

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Event: Sub-regional Workshop for GEF Focal Points from West and Central Africa [viewed]

The Sub-Regional Workshop is expected to be attended by 43 Focal Points representing 25 countries in West and Central Africa, and among other issues will review the mainstreaming of global environment issues into national development plans and policies.  

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Event: 5th Biennial GEF International Waters Conference [viewed]

This Conference, organized by GEF and the Australian Government, will promote sustainable development in basin and coastal communities sharing natural resource systems, to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through the benefits of transboundary cooperation in ecosystem-based management. Issues to be addressed include resolving conflicting demands among diverse stakeholders, and coping with water scarcity and the technical as well as societal impacts of climate change.  

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