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UNDP Welcomes Davos Emphasis on Climate Change [viewed]

UN Development Programme (UNDP)

29 January 2009: Commenting on the message on climate change “Shaping an Opportunity Out of Crisis” issued to the participants at the World Economic Forum taking place in Davos, Switzerland, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) welcomed the emphasis placed on addressing climate change at this year's edition of the event. 

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NATO Secretary General addresses Impacts of Climate Change on Arctic Region [viewed]

NATO Secretary General addresses Impacts of Climate Change on Arctic Region

29 January 2009: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer addressed a Seminar on Security Prospects in the High North, underscoring that the Arctic ice cap melting causes changes that will affect the whole international community, and suggested that NATO could contribute to addressing this problem through its participation in relief operations and utilizing the opportunities inherent to the NATO-Russia Council.

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IPCC Releases 29th Session Draft Report [viewed]

29 January 2009: The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has prepared a draft report of the Panel's 29th session, which took place from 31 August to 4 September 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland. 

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UNFCCC Secretariat Notifies Agenda, Requests Nominations for March-April Bonn Talks [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat

29 January 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a notification to parties and observer States to the UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol on the upcoming seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 7), and fifth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 5), which will take place in Bonn, Germany, from 29 March to 8 April 2009.

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World Bank and GEF-supported REDD Programme to Hold Two Technical Workshops [viewed]

January 2009: The Capacity Development for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (CD REDD) programme, will feature two technical workshops in the upcoming months to enhance the development of national greenhouse gas inventories and forest monitoring systems.

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IFAD President Calls on the Arab Agricultural Sector to Address Challenges of Food Security and Climate Change [viewed]

Lennart Båge, President of the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

18 January 2009: Speaking at the 31st Summit of the League Arab States (LAS), held from 17-18 January 2009, in Kuwait City, Lennart Båge, President of the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), called for re-engaging the agricultural sector to meet the challenges of food security and climate change, with particular attention to energy efficiency, water scarcity and the environment.

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CDM Executive Board Releases Proposed Agenda and Annotations of 45th Meeting [viewed]

28 January: The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has released the proposed agenda and annotations, as well as the draft work programme, for its 45th meeting, scheduled to be held from 11–13 February 2009, at the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany.

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UNWTO Tourism Resilience Committee Stresses Need for “Smart Tourism” [viewed]

28 January 2009: At the first Meeting of the UN World Tourism Organization's (UNWTO) Tourism Resilience Committee, which convened on 28 January 2009, in Madrid, Spain, participants discussed the need for the sector's short-term response to the economic down-turn to be aligned with long-term commitments to sustainable development, poverty alleviation and climate change mitigation.

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OECD's Secretary-General's Message to Davos: Promote a “Green” Recovery [viewed]

Article by OECD's Secretary-General

27 January 2009: The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2009 opened in Davos, Switzerland, under the overall theme “Shaping the Post-Crisis World.” Over 2,500 participants and 40 Heads of State and government are participating in the meeting, where business, civil society and government leaders have gathered to share ideas on how to shape the post-crisis agenda, from economic reform to climate change. In an article entitled “The world needs to rewrite the rules of finance and global business,” Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), writes that the Organisation is focusing on a strategic response to the crisis involving specific policy recommendations. He stresses the need for new thinking in various areas, including in tackling climate change, social exclusion and poverty, and calls for encouraging “the low-carbon innovation needed for a “green” recovery.”

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International Renewable Energy Agency Established [viewed]

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

27 January 2009: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) held its founding conference in Bonn, Germany, on 26 January 2009, bringing together representatives from over 100 governments. IRENA was set up to promote renewable energy worldwide and help create conditions for renewable energy development.

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