Meeting

Event: Ninth Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 9) [viewed]

The theme for UNFF 9 is "forests for people, livelihoods and poverty eradication." UNFF 9 also is expected to complete consideration of the means of implementation for sustainable forest management.  

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UN Secretary-General Stresses Role of Private Sector in Combating Climate Change at Global Compact's Board Meeting [viewed]

© UN24 July 2009: In a message delivered to UN Global Compact Board members meeting in New York, US, by his Deputy Chef de Cabinet, Kim Won-soo, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that the Compact makes “a critical contribution to advancing the UN agenda,” in particular in tackling climate change.

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UN Secretary-General Focuses on Climate Change in China [viewed]

24 July 2009: The UN Secretary-General made a two-day official visit to China, during which he focused on climate change. In the morning of 24 July 2009, he participated in the launch of the “Green Lights” programme, which promotes energy-saving lighting that could cut China's energy consumption by 8%. He stated that China's approach to climate change can demonstrate to the world that the country is ready to take up a global leadership role in the 21st century.

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CBD Calls for Government Representatives to Participate in GRULAC Workshop on Biofuels [viewed]

© CBD23 July 2009: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity is organizing a regional workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean on Ways and Means to Promote the Sustainable Production and Use of Biofuels, to be tentatively held from 28-30 September 2009, in São Paulo, Brazil.

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Event: CBD Regional Workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean on Ways and Means to Promote the Sustainable Production and Use of Biofuels [viewed]

The objective of this workshop, organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), is to share experiences on the development and application of tools relevant to the sustainable production and use of biofuels. In particular, participants will focus on the promotion of the positive and minimization of the negative impacts of biofuels on biodiversity and related socioeconomic aspects, including those related to indigenous and local communities, taking into account their full life-cycle as compared to other fuel types.  

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ECOSOC Addresses Resource and Humanitarian Assistance Implications of Climate Change [viewed]

© COPYRIGHTFOTO23 July 2009: Speakers at the General Segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), on 23 July 2009, noted that climate change presents an additional global challenge “for which extraordinary resources are needed,” and that the financial architecture dealing with climate change should be efficient, effective and equitable.

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ESCWA's Third Technical Committee Focuses on Climate Change and Its Repercussions [viewed]

© ESCWA22 July 2009: The Third Technical Committee of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA) opened in Beirut, Lebanon, on 21 July 2009, and focused on the financial crisis, food security, climate change and other issues.

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UNCCD Prepares Report of “Land Day” [viewed]

© UNCCD21 July 2009: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has prepared a report on the “Land Day” event it sponsored on 6 June 2009, in Bonn, Germany.

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Berne Convention Group of Experts Addresses Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

© Andreas Demetropoulos 4 July 2009: The Group of Experts on Biodiversity and Climate Change established under the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Berne Convention) met from 2-3 July 2009, in Strasbourg, France.

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Event: Climate Neutral Cities Seminar [viewed]

This seminar is organized by the Environment, Housing and Land Management Division of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and will address how urban planning and building can contribute to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and enhance the overall sustainability of a city. Speakers will include policymakers and authorities from various cities, who will present relevant policies as well as the challenges to governance posed by the concept of “Climate Neutral Cities.”  

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