Intergovernmental Organization

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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UNEP YOUTH CONFERENCE DEMANDS ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE [viewed]

The largest ever youth gathering on climate change, the TUNZA International Youth Conference, convened in Daejeon, Republic of Korea, from 17-23 August 2009.

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OECD Publishes Policy Brief on Cost-Effective Actions to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

© OECD8 September 2009: The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published a policy brief summarizing OECD analyses showing that the cost of action to mitigate climate change would be minimized if a cost-effective set of policy instruments, with a focus on carbon pricing, were applied as broadly as possible across all emission sources, including all countries, sectors, and greenhouse gases.

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APF Special Session on Climate Change Highlights Africa's Climate Change Concerns and Expectations [viewed]

© APF2 September 2009: The Africa Partnership Forum's (APF) one-day high-level session on climate change in Africa concluded with an expression of the region's determination to make a significant contribution to efforts at reducing global emissions.

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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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Pacific Islands Forum Concludes with Call to Action on Climate Change [viewed]

© Pacific Islands Forum 6 August 2009: The 40th Pacific Islands Forum convened in Cairns, Australia, from 5-6 August 2009, and concluded with a call by Pacific leaders to action on climate change.

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IEA Releases Report on Methane Recovery [viewed]

© IEA5 August 2009: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report titled “Methane Recovery and Use: The Importance of Policy,” which highlights policies that have been used to advance methane projects in the oil and gas, landfill, coal mining and agricultural sectors.

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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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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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