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UN Hosts Investor Summit on Climate Risk [viewed]

A gathering of leaders from the corporate sector has convened at UN headquarters in New York, US.

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UNESCO Conference Says Biosphere Reserves Can Spur Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

BiosphereParticipants at the third World Congress of Biosphere Reserves, which took place from 4-9 February 2008, in Madrid, Spain, and was organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), have adopted the Madrid Declaration, which underlines that biosphere reserves can spur efforts “to mitigate and adapt to climate change, and to promote the greater use of renewable energy,” as well as to tackle challenges such as the loss of traditional knowledge and cultural diversity.

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Expert Panel Discusses Forest Adaptation To Climate Change [viewed]

Climate_changes_2The Expert Panel on Adaptation of Forests to Climate Change, convened as part of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, met from 11-12 February 2008 in New York, US.

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UNGA Climate Change Event Focuses on Post-Bali Talks and Partnerships [viewed]

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The need for a global agreement on climate change for the post-2012 period, the importance of collaborative partnerships, and the role of the United Nations system were the focus of discussions during a three-day “thematic debate” in the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The event, which met at UN headquarters in New York, US, from 11-13 February 2008, took as its theme: “Addressing climate change: the United Nations and the world at work.”

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IPCC Posts Agenda, Other Details of Next Session [viewed]

Rajendra_pachauriThe Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Secretariat has posted the draft agenda and other details on its website for its upcoming 28th session. In letters addressed to IPCC focal points and to relevant organizations, dated 5 February 2008, IPCC Secretary Renate Christ, on behalf of IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri, provides details of the venue and focus of the session, which is scheduled for 9-10 April 2008, in Budapest, Hungary.

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CDM Executive Board Meets, Elect New Chair [viewed]

Rajesh_kumar_sethiThe Executive Board of the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has met recently in Bonn, Germany. The Board held its 37th meeting from 30 January-1 February 2008, and elected Rajesh Kumar Sethi (India) as the new Chair. Lex de Jonge (Netherlands) will become the Vice-Chair. Both positions are for a one-year term. The Board also appointed Chairs and Vice-Chairs for its Accreditation Panel, Methodologies Panel, Afforestation and Reforestation Working Group, and Small-Scale Working Group.

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UNFCCC Announces Dates and Venue for First Meeting of New Subsidiary Body [viewed]

Unfccc_2The Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has confirmed that the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention, and the fifth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG), will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 31 March-4 April 2008 (http://unfccc.int/meetings/items/2654.php

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CBD Executive Secretary says species at risk from climate change [viewed]

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Speaking at the International Civil Society Forum “100 Days to the UN Biodiversity Conference,” CBD Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf said biodiversity faces a “tremendous challenge, compounded by climate change.

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Latin American and Caribbean Environment Ministers adopt climate change resolution [viewed]

Xvi_foropeque_2The 16th Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of Latin America and the Caribbean, held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, from 27 January to 1 February 2008, concluded with the adoption of decision on climate change, in which ministers endorsed the outcomes of the Bali UN Climate Change Conference.

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UNFPA Executive Director commits to Bali Road Map Follow-up [viewed]

UnfpalogoIn her address to the 2008 First Regular Session of the UNDP/UNFPA Executive Board UNFPA, Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid said the organization will “follow-up on the Bali Conference on Climate Change by strengthening efforts in policy guidance, emergency preparedness and disaster risk reduction.”

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