Meeting

UNFCCC Executive-Secretary and UNEP Executive Director Call for Broad Agreement in Copenhagen [viewed]

 Davos Climate Focus: Ban Urges Leaders to Think Green & Steiner Promotes Design for Good

30 January 2009: UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner participated in a panel on “Rising to the Challenge of Copenhagen,” at the World Economic Forum on 29 January 2009, in Davos, Switzerland. The panel was moderated by Thomas L. Friedman, Foreign Affairs Columnist, The New York Times, and included Jacques Aigrain, Swiss Re CEO, Al Gore, former US Vice-President and Nobel Laureate, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark, and Jeroen van der Veer, Royal Dutch Shell CEO.

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EU Ministers for Development Cooperation Discuss Access to Local Sustainable Energy Sources [viewed]

Informal Meeting of EU Development Ministers

30 January 2009: EU Ministers for Development Cooperation held an informal meeting from 29-30 January 2009, under the auspices of the Czech Presidency in Prague, Czech Republic. Ministers agreed that the EU's development aid should focus on Least Developed Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, which will be hit particularly severely by the world economic slowdown.

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UNESCO to Hold World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development - Moving into the Second Half of the UN Decade

February 2009: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, in cooperation with the German Commission for UNESCO, are organizing the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development – Moving into the Second Half of the UN Decade, which is scheduled to be held in Bonn, Germany, from 31 March-2 April 2009.

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IPCC Schedules Scoping Meeting for a Special Report on Extreme Events and Disasters [viewed]

February 2009: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scoping meeting for a proposed Special Report on “Extreme events and disasters: managing the risks” will take place from 23-26 March 2009, in Oslo, Norway. The meeting will be hosted by the Norwegian Pollution Control Authority.

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WMO to Hold Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in West African Agriculture [viewed]

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

February 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) with the Drylands Development Centre of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme are organizing an International Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in West African Agriculture in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, which is tentatively scheduled for March 2009.

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WMO Working Group on Climate and Related Matters to Hold Second Session [viewed]

EC Working Group on Climate and Related Water and Environmental matters

February 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Executive Council Working Group on Climate and Related Weather, Water and Environmental Matters will convene its second session from 11-13 February 2009, at WMO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The Working Group was established in 2007 and advises the Executive Council on all matters related to the WMO's climate activities in order to promote better coordination among WMO bodies and programmes, and to strengthen WMO's partnership with other UN and scientific organizations concerned with climate.

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WMO Hosts European Earth Observation and Monitoring Meeting [viewed]

28 January 2009: A joint annual meeting of Global Earth Observation and Monitoring (GEOmon) and Infrastructure for Measurements of the European Carbon Cycle (IMECC) was hosted by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Geneva, Switzerland, from 26-30 January 2009.

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IPCC Invites Governments and Organizations to Nominate Representatives for 30th Session [viewed]

27 January 2009: The 30th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will take place on 21-23 April 2009, in Antalya, Turkey. The meeting will focus on the future of the IPCC, in particular the scoping of the Fifth Assessment Report. The Panel will also consider the outcome of the Scoping Meeting for a possible Special Report on “Extreme events and disasters: managing the risks,” which is to be held on 23-26 March 2009, in Oslo, Norway.

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ECA Executive Secretary Urges African Participation at COP 15 [viewed]

Statement by Mr. Abdoulie Janneh, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ECA

29 January 2009: In a statement delivered at the 14th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union, taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Abdoulie Janneh, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), noted that although Africa' s economic performance is commendable, it is not sufficient to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and the continent now faces the pressing challenges of global financial crisis, climate change and the maintenance of peace and security. He stressed that the continent will bear most of the burden of climate change, and called for mainstreaming mitigation, adaptation, financing and technology issues into the African policy agenda.

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IEA to Hold Workshop on Energy Efficiency to Reduce Carbon Emissions [viewed]

Workshop on Energy Efficiency to Reduce Carbon Emissions

January 2009: The International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Organization for Standardization, and the International Electrotechnical Commission are organizing a workshop on International Standards to Promote Energy Efficiency and Reduce Carbon Emissions. The workshop will convene at the Organization for Economic and Co-operation Development (OECD) conference centre in Paris, France, from 16-17 March 2009.

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