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DISAGREEMENTS PERSIST IN MAJOR ECONOMIES FORUM [viewed]

The latest meeting of the Major Economies Forum (MEF) on Energy and Climate convened from 17-18 September 2009 in Washington D.C. The meeting took place at the level of leaders' representatives.

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EU Heads of State and Government Agree on Climate Change Text for Pittsburgh G-20 Summit [viewed]

17 September 2009: The EU Heads of State and Government met informally in Brussels, Belgium, on 17 September 2009, in preparation for the Pittsburgh G-20 Summit.

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European Ministries for Agriculture Prepare for Copenhagen [viewed]

15 September 2009: European Ministries for Agriculture recently met to discuss the impacts of climate change on agriculture and the role of agriculture in curbing climate change, in preparation for Copenhagen.

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EU Environmental Ministers Call for Stronger Links between REDD, Biodiversity and Development [viewed]

11 September 2009: Environmental ministers and senior officials of the European Union met in Strömstad, Sweden, with a view to contributing to the revision of the Strategic Plan of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) after 2010. At the High-level Meeting entitled “Visions for Biodiversity Beyond 2010 – People, Ecosystems and the Climate Crisis,” held on 7-9 September 2009, participants endorsed a target to halt global forest cover loss by 2030 and to reduce gross tropical deforestation by at least 50% by 2020 compared to current levels.

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DSD Posts Submissions for Secretary-General's Report on Climate Change and Possible Security Implications [viewed]

10 September 2009: The Division for Sustainable Development (DSD), of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), has posted member States' submissions of input towards the Secretary-General's report on Climate Change and Possible Security Implications.

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UNFCCC Releases AWG-KP Submissions [viewed]

© UNFCCC5 August 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has also published, in addition to the three submissions contained in document (FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/MISC.14), two submissions from parties (FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/MISC.14/Add.1) on further views and proposals relating to a proposal for amendments to the Kyoto Protocol pursuant to its Article 3, paragraph 9, and a text on other issues outlined in document FCCC/KP/AWG/2008/8. The submissions are from Sri Lanka and Sweden on behalf of the EU.

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UNECE Protocol on Pollutant Releases Set to Enter into Force [viewed]

© UNECE17 July 2009: The Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers to the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (or Aarhus Convention), is set to enter into force on 8 October 2009, following France's ratification, which was deposited with the UN Secretary-General on 10 July 2009.

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UNEP and the EU to Support MEA Implementation in ACP Countries [viewed]

July 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is coordinating multiple partners under a four-year multi-million euro capacity enhancement programme for implementation of Multilateral Environment Agreements (MEAs) in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. The European Commission (EC) ACP MEAs Programme is funded by the EU and aims to support and strengthen three existing regional institutions with environmental mandates to assist ACP countries in implementing their obligations under environmental agreements.

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WMO and UNDP to Strengthen Southeast Europe's Regional Capacity to Reduce Disaster Risk [viewed]

6 July 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have announced that they will work together to support southeast European countries to build up their national and regional capacities to collect and share meteorological data in order to develop better warning systems, in line with European Union (EU) standards.

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UNECE/FAO Workshop Calls for Increased Wood Mobilization for Renewable Energy [viewed]

© UNECE29 June 2009: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and other partners have jointly organized a workshop titled “Strategies for increased wood mobilization from sustainable sources.”

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