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UN Secretary-General Calls on Governments to Not Backslide on Previous Commitments [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 11 December 2008: In a press conference in Poznań, Poland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted progress achieved at the climate change talks, but stressed that much more needs to be done. He called on governments not to “backslide” on previous commitments and emphasized the need for: deep cuts in emissions to stabilize our climate; assistance for developing countries in dealing with mitigation and adaptation; a dramatic increase of financial and technological resources; and institutions that can support these efforts.

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UNECE and FAO Conduct Workshop on Woody Biomass [viewed]

 Woody biomass – the fuel of choice for Serbia 11 December 2008: Wood-based energy bears significant potential as a fuel source for Serbia and other South-East European countries, concluded a workshop entitled “Woody Biomass - the Fuel Choice for Serbia,” held from 2-3 December 2008, in Belgrade, Serbia.

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World Bank-Led Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership to Hold Forum on Best Practices in Gas Utilization [viewed]

20 November 2008: The World Bank-led Global Gas Flaring

Reduction partnership (GGFR) will organize a forum to look for ways of

unlocking the value of wasted gas associated with oil production.

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Global Gender and Climate Alliance Meeting Discusses Support to Women to Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change [viewed]

20 November 2008: A press conference on issues relating to

gender and climate change was held on 20 November 2008, at UN Headquarters, New

York, US, to recap a two-day meeting organized by the Global Gender and Climate

Alliance (GGCA) on how women could receive financial support for their

activities to mitigate or adapt to climate change.

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World Bank and WHO Representatives to Address Conference on Adaptation in Developing Countries [viewed]

November 2008: The Second Conference on Adaptation to

Climate Change in Developing Countries will convene on 25 November 2008, in The

Hague, the Netherlands. Plenary speakers will include representatives from the

World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as decision makers

from the EU and developing countries.

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UNECE to Hold Experts Meeting on Cleaner Electricity and CCS [viewed]

UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) November 2008: The Second Session of the UN Economic

Commission for Europe (UNECE) Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity

Production from Coal and Other Fossil Fuels will be held on 17-18 November

2008, in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting is taking place in the framework of

the growing world demand for electricity and the push for more environmentally

sustainable power generation, which are projected to require massive

investments in the coming years.

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EC Announces Communication on Deforestation and Climate Change [viewed]

7 November 2008: At the 44th session of the International

Tropical Timber Council and the Associated Sessions of the four Committees

(Finance and Administration, Economic Information and Market Intelligence,

Forest Industry, and Reforestation and Forest Management), the European

Commission (EC) announced a communication on deforestation and climate change,

with the goal of informing the EU position at the upcoming climate change

negotiations in Poznan, Poland.

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European Council Adopts Directive on Inclusion of Aviation in its ETS [viewed]

27 October 2008: The European Council has adopted a

directive (document 3657/08) that includes aviation activities in the EU

greenhouse gas emission trading scheme (ETS).

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UNEP Co-sponsors Conference on Military's Role in Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

3 November 2008: The UN Environment Programme, (UNEP), with

the EU Member States Defense Environment Network, the US Department of Defense,

the Institute for Environmental Security, the US Environmental Protection

Agency, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Institute

for Defense Analysis, and the Environment and Security Initiative, is

co-sponsoring a meeting from 3-5 November 2008 in Paris, France, on “The

Importance of Military Organizations in Protecting the Climate: 2008.”

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IEA Report Assesses Vulnerability of Heavy Industry to Carbon Leakage [viewed]

Issues behind Competitiveness<br /> and Carbon Leakage Focus on Heavy Industry 27 October 2008: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report that explores the vulnerability of heavy industry to carbon leakage – namely the movement of production away from jurisdictions where carbon constraints exist to jurisdictions where they do not – and competitiveness loss.

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