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Poznań Climate Conference Lays Foundation for Copenhagen Deal [viewed]

L-R: Lech Kacynski, President of Poland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer walking to the opening plenary. 13 December 2008: The UN Climate Change Conference concluded early in the morning on 13 December 2008, in Poznań, Poland, with a clear commitment from governments to shift into full negotiating mode next year in order to shape an international response to climate change.

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European Council Approves Climate Change Deal [viewed]

Nicolas Sarkozy, the President of the French Republic, presided over the European Council held in Brussels on 11 and 12 December 11 December 2008: The European Council met in Brussels, Belgium, from 11-12 December 2008, and reached agreement on an energy and climate change package. It is anticipated that the package will be finalized with the European Parliament by the end of 2008.

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UN Environment Management Group Discuss Climate Neutral UN [viewed]

10 December 2008: The 14th Senior Officials Meeting of the Environment Management Group (EMG) convened on 10 December 2008, in Poznań, Poland. Participants discussed: implementation of the 2007 commitment by the Chief Executives Board on moving towards a climate-neutral UN, including the development of a Climate Neutral Knowledge Management website that will document individual agency's greenhouse gas emissions and reductions; the cost implications and budgetary modalities of purchasing carbon offsets; and future EMG work, including a possible strategic process and the strategy for implementation of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification and the 2010 biodiversity targets.

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High Level Meeting on Asia-Pacific Region's Food, Energy and Financial Crises and Climate Change Recommends Urgent Comprehensive and Coordinated Action [viewed]

ESCAP's Executive Secretary, UN Under-Secretary-General Noeleen Heyzer 10 December 2008: The High-level Regional Policy Dialogue on “The Food-Fuel Crisis and Climate Change – Reshaping the Development Agenda,” jointly organized by the Government of Indonesia and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), convened from 9-10 December 2008, in Bali, Indonesia. The meeting recommended urgent, comprehensive and coordinated action to deal with the food, energy and financial crises, and climate change in the region.

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OECD Secretary General Highlights Why Finance Ministers Should Take Action on Climate Change [viewed]

Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD 8 December 2008: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Secretary General, Angel Gurría, participated in a high level meeting of Ministers of Finance in Poznań, Poland, on the sidelines of the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, and highlighted that the engagement of finance ministers in the fight against climate change is essential.

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World Bank Holds Global Forum on Flaring Reduction and Natural Gas Utilization [viewed]

Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership

5 December 2008: A meeting of the Global Forum on Flaring Reduction and Natural Gas Utilization convened from 4-5 December 2008, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Led by the World Bank, the Global Gas Flaring Reduction partnership (GGFR) found evidence of a decline in global gas flaring, while calling for oil producing countries and companies to keep up the momentum and redouble efforts in gas flaring reduction to reduce greenhouse emissions.

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UNECE and FAO Conduct Workshop on Woody Biomass [viewed]

 Woody biomass – the fuel of choice for Serbia 11 December 2008: Wood-based energy bears significant potential as a fuel source for Serbia and other South-East European countries, concluded a workshop entitled “Woody Biomass - the Fuel Choice for Serbia,” held from 2-3 December 2008, in Belgrade, Serbia.

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UN Secretary-General at Poznań Climate Change Conference Calls for a Green New Deal [viewed]

L-R: UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo do Boer and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 11 December 2008: Speaking at the opening of the High-level Segment of the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, taking place in Poznań, Poland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the urgency to take action, and called for renewed global solidarity to tackle the financial and climate change crises, calling the latter “the defining challenge of our era.”

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High-level Segment at UN Climate Change Conference -- Poznań Opens [viewed]

Top officials converge in Poland for UN climate change talks 11 December 2008: The High-level Segment at the UN Climate Change Conference in Poznań, Poland, opened on 11 December 2008. Four Heads of State and Government, as well as 145 Environment Ministers and senior government representatives, are scheduled to participate, with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon making an opening statement.

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UNEP FI Highlights Insurance Industry's Role in Adaptation, Mitigation [viewed]

UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) 10 December 2008: At a side event held during the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC, in Poznan, Poland, members of the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) discussed the role of insurers in developing innovative products to respond to the increasing number of weather-related disasters, to insure forests, and to smooth out uncertainties in renewable energy.

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