Intergovernmental Organization

Berne Convention Group of Experts Addresses Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

© Andreas Demetropoulos 4 July 2009: The Group of Experts on Biodiversity and Climate Change established under the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Berne Convention) met from 2-3 July 2009, in Strasbourg, France.

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Press Conference on Climate Talks at G8 Summit Held at UN Headquarters [viewed]

15 July 2009: At a press conference on the results of the recent meeting of the Group of Eight (G8) and the Major Economies Forum (MEF), which took place in Italy, Janos Pasztor, Director of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team, underscored that countries still had some “formidable differences” to bridge in order to “seal a deal” in Copenhagen in December. Among the key outcomes of these meetings, he referred to: the two degrees Celsius target endorsed by the leaders attending; the agreement to establish a global partnership to drive transformational low-carbon, climate-friendly technologies; the promise to increase dramatically the necessary investments in research and development; and the consideration of establishing a “Green Fund.”

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Guest Article #17: Copenhagen - An Ocean of Change [viewed]

The ancient decree “All roads lead to Rome” has been understandably overtaken by the obsessive charge: “All roads lead to Copenhagen.” The 15th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP15) in Copenhagen is the apex around which all else in 2009 revolves. Everywhere I go I hear “We need this on the agenda at Copenhagen” or “Let's wait and see what happens at Copenhagen.” All else lays within the ecliptic shadow of the need to “Seal the Deal” on mitigation targets and adaptation measures in Copenhagen.

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WIPO Conference Discusses Role of Innovation in Mitigating Climate Change [viewed]

© WIPO13 July 2009: During the Conference on Intellectual Property and Public Policy Issues held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 13-14 July 2009, and organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), participants discussed the role of intellectual property (IP) in promoting the development and diffusion of green technologies to combat climate change.

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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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VIENNA ENERGY CONFERENCE 2009 DISCUSSES ENERGY IN THE CONTEXT OF CURRENT CRISES [viewed]

The Vienna Energy Conference 2009 convened at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria, from 22-24 June 2009, and was jointly organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Austrian Development Cooperation, the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE).

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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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UN Secretary-General Addresses CARICOM [viewed]

2 July 2009: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his message to the 30th Heads of Government meeting of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), from 2-3 July 2009 in Georgetown, Guyana, announced he would soon launch a Global Vulnerability Alert System.

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World Bank and Partners Host Symposium on Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

© URS20092 July 2009: The fifth Urban Research Symposium, which took place from 28 June-1 July 2009, in Marseille, France, was co-organized by the World Bank, the French ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Town and Country Planning, and the French Agency for Development around the theme “Cities and Climate Change: Responding to the Urgent Agenda.”

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IRENA's Interim Headquarters and Interim Director-General Designated [viewed]

© IRENA30 June 2009: The second session of the Preparatory Commission of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) took place in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, from 29-30 June 2009, bringing together over 130 member States signatories.

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