Meeting

UNCCD COP 9 Considers Links with Climate Change during High-Level Segment [viewed]

L-R: Lincoln Ralechate Mokose, Minister of Forestry and Land Reclamation, Lesotho; Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD; Sherry Ayittey, Ministry of Forestry and Environment, Ghana; Sergio La Rocca, Under-Secretary of Planning and Environmental Policy of Argentina; Octavio Pérez Pardo, Director of Soil Conservation, Argentina; Clemente Dlamini, Ministry of Environment, Swaziland; and Ramadham Saif Kajembe, Ministry of Forestry and Environment, Kenya29 September 2009: The high-level segment of the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 9) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) conducted a roundtable discussion on “Desertification/land degradation and climate change – what role for the land in the ongoing negotiations for a new climate change regime at Copenhagen?” The two-day segment, which convened from 28-29 September 2009, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, brought together participants from over 60 States.

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UN Secretary-General Optimistic about Progress on Climate Change [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon29 September 2009: Addressing a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was optimistic about the UN's central role on major issues including the climate change negotiations, nuclear disarmament and the financial crisis.

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ITU Pushes for Role of ICTs to be Recognized in Copenhagen Agreement [viewed]

© ITU28 September 2009: At the first ever Virtual International Symposium on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Climate Change, held on 23 September 2009, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) said it would press for recognition in Copenhagen of the importance of ICTs as a cross-sectoral tool to combat climate change.

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UNECE Committee to Work on Climate Neutral Cities [viewed]

Presentation that noted the use of electric vehicles as one of the key drivers of a global energy transition28 September 2009: One of the outcomes of the 70th session of the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management, which convened from 23-25 September 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland, was the decision to include in the Committee's programme of work a study on climate neutral cities.

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UNGA Member States Highlight Vulnerability and Special Needs of LDCs and SIDS [viewed]

26 September 2009: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) annual high-level debate heard several leaders of small island developing States (SIDS) and least developed countries (LDCs) focusing on climate change.

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CARICOM Mini-Summit Addresses Climate Change [viewed]

© CARICOM26 September 2009: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member States held a mini-summit with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 26 September 2009, in New York. Climate change was among the issues addressed.

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Bangkok Climate Change Talks Open [viewed]

Prime Minister of Thailand, Abhisit Vejjajiva, and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer28 September 2009: From 28 September-9 October 2009, the first part of the seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (AWG-LCA 7) and the first part of the ninth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 9) are taking place in Bangkok, Thailand.

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G-20 Leaders Commit to Tackle Energy and Climate Change [viewed]

© U.S. Department of State25 September 2009: Leaders of countries representing 85 percent of the world's economy agreed on commitments on climate change and energy, among others, during the G-20 Summit held on 24-25 September 2009, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US.

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UNECE and FAO Assess Wood Energy Consumption Increase [viewed]

© UNECE25 September 2009: Growing wood energy consumption linked to efforts to mitigate climate change is increasing the likelihood of severe competition for wood on traditional forest products markets. There is therefore a need to establish realistic targets for renewable energy sources, balancing traditional wood processing industry needs with growing energy needs, taking into account the sustainable availability of woody biomass in all its various forms, in the short, medium and long term.

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Small Island States Highlight Climate Change Challenges [viewed]

Winston Baldwin Spencer, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda - © UN25 September 2009: Addressing the General Assembly's annual General Debate, small island States' leaders warned that their very existence may be at stake if urgent measures are not introduced to slash greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to rising global temperatures.

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