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ICAO Holds Workshop on Aviation and Alternative Fuels [viewed]

Workshop website11 February 2009: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is holding its first Workshop on Aviation and Alternative Fuels in Montreal, Canada, from 10-12 February 2009. The workshop aims to provide a forum to explore potential options, challenges to development and deployment of alternative fuels, as well as initiatives to promote cooperation in this field. The event is designed as a preparatory event to a major conference in November 2009 that will showcase progress and establish a road map for the implementation of alternative fuels for aviation.

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IFAD Prepares for Governing Council Meeting Against Backdrop of Food, Fuel and Financial Crises and Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

12 February 2009: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is preparing for its 32rd Governing Council meeting, to be held from 18-19 February 2009, in Rome, Italy. The meeting will feature three roundtables on challenges for smallholder farmers focusing on: unpredictable markets and high price volatility; the risks and opportunities arising out of the growing demand for land; and research and innovation needs in the context of a rapidly changing climate. 

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European Mayors Commit to Reduce their Emissions by 20% by 2020 [viewed]

10 February 2009: On 10 February 2009, during the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2009 (EUSEW 2009), which is taking place from 9-13 February 2009, approximately 400 city mayors signed the “Covenant of Mayors,” in which they committed to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by over 20% by 2020 through energy efficiency and renewable energy actions.

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UNDESA/DSD Capacity Development Workshop Discusses Challenges Concerning Agricultural Development and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

UNDESA/DSD Capacity Development Workshop Discusses Challenges Concerning Agricultural Development and Climate Change Adaptation

February 2009: The Capacity Development Workshop on Improving Agricultural Productivity, Water Use Efficiency and Strengthening Rural Livelihoods, took place from 28-30 January 2009, in Bangkok, Thailand. The event was organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), Division for Sustainable Development (DSD), in collaboration with the UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, and brought together representatives from governments, local authorities, UN Agencies and academia to share lessons learned and best practices in combating rural poverty. 

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UNDESA Holds Youth Interactive Dialogue on Climate Change Solutions [viewed]

Interactive dialogue on climate change solutions

9 February 2009: The Youth Division at the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) is organizing a series of events focusing on youth participation in social integration, the main theme of the 47th session of the Commission for Social Development, which is meeting at UN Headquarters in New York, US, from 4-13 February. One of the side events focused specifically on the role of youth in climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Advance Reports from Poznan [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat

4 February 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released two reports from sessions held in Poznan, Poland, from 1-10 December 2008: the Report of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol on its resumed sixth session and the Report of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation on its 29th session. 

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CBD Holds Pacific Region Workshop on Protected Areas, Addresses Climate Change Considerations [viewed]

CbdlogozConvention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

9 February 2009: The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is organizing a capacity-building workshop for the Pacific region for implementation of the programme of work on protected areas, from 9-12 February 2009, in Nadi, Fiji. The workshop is scheduled to consider: the inclusion of climate change considerations in the ecological gap-analysis of protected areas; and coordination of technical and financial support to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

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UN Secretary-General Calls on CARICOM to Address Climate Change and the Financial Crisis “in Tandem” [viewed]

Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM)

9 February 2009: In a speech given at the opening of the Fifth General Meeting of the UN and Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) and its Associated Institutions, taking place in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need for the two institutions to step up their collaboration in the face of multiple global crises. 

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WMO to Release New Evidence on Change in Polar Regions [viewed]

International Polar Year (IPY)

6 February 2009: A series of events marking the end of the International Polar Year (IPY) will take place on 24-25 February 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland. The IPY is a large scientific programme organized through the International Council for Science and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and focused on the Arctic and the Antarctic, from March 2007 to March 2009.

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German Chancellor, OECD, WTO, ILO, IMF and World Bank Issue Joint Statement on the Global Economic Situation: Climate Change to Remain a Top Priority [viewed]

Joint statement by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the heads of five international organizations, including the OECD, ILO, IMF, WTO and the World Bank

5 February 2009: After a meeting held on 5 February 2009, in Berlin, Germany,  German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Heads of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank issued a joint statement on the global economic situation, in which they stress the need for the worldwide fight against climate change to remain “a top priority.”

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