Publication

Policy Update #10: Insanity, Death and Climate Change [viewed]

Insanity has famously been described as “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Does this maxim apply to the UN climate negotiations? If so, are those of us flying to Durban later this month about to join an exercise in mass madness?

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IFAD, WFP Issue Weather Index-based Insurance Guide [viewed]

7 November 2011: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have released a guide titled "Weather Index-based Insurance in Agricultural Development: A Technical Guide for Practitioners to Help Mange Weather Risks." The guide has emerged from the Weather Risk Management Facility (WRMF), a joint programme between IFAD and WFP, sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  

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UNFCCC Releases Annual Report of Compliance Committee to COP/MOP [viewed]

3 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the annual report of the Kyoto Protocol Compliance Committee to the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP), covering activities undertaken from 19 September 2010 to 13 October 2011 (FCCC/KP/CMP/2011/5).

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OECD Brief Analyzes Car Scrapping Schemes [viewed]

October 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) International Transport Forum (ITF) has published a policy brief titled “Do car scrapping schemes help the environment and increase safety?”

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UNFCCC Publishes Report on Technical Review of GHG Inventories [viewed]

1 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the annual report on the technical review of greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and other information reported by Annex I parties to the Convention that are also Kyoto Protocol parties, under Protocol Article 7.1 (reporting of supplementary information) (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/INF.16).

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UNFCCC Publishes Views on Materiality Standard Under the CDM [viewed]

1 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published submissions by parties and observer organizations on the materiality standard under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/MISC.13).

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2011 Human Development Report Focuses on Sustainability and Equity [viewed]

2 November 2011: The 2011 Human Development Report, titled "Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All,” highlights that equity and sustainability are inextricably linked. It notes that, if bold actions are not taken, environmental damage, including climate change effects, can slow or reverse development progress made in recent years. 

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UN Secretary-General Presents Vision Statement on “Sustainable Energy for All," Announces Membership of High-Level Group [viewed]

1 November 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon formally launched his High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) and the related SE4ALL initiative, presenting his Vision Statement on the initiative and announcing the membership of the High-level Group. The Group will be responsible for mobilizing action by all stakeholders on energy access and energy poverty.

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UNDP Releases Guide on Climate-Proofing Infrastructure [viewed]

31 October 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a guide titled "Paving the Way for Climate-Resilient Infrastructure: Guidance for Practitioners and Planners," which aims to help decision makers in developing countries adapt their national public infrastructure to climate change. 

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UNEP Releases Report on Changing Environment – From Rio to Rio+20 [viewed]

1 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report, titled “Keeping Track of Our Changing Environment: From Rio to Rio+20,” which provides comprehensive statistical data illustrating environmental changes to the planet since the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED, or Rio Earth Summit), and ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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