Intergovernmental Organization

Event: IEA 2009 Ministerial Meeting [viewed]

The International Energy Agency (IEA) will convene a ministerial-level meeting to discuss global energy and environmental challenges. Discussions will focus on: ensuring secure and sustainable energy supplies in the aftermath of the economic crisis; necessary steps required to meet tough climate change targets; and addressing the aforementioned challenges at the global level. Additional talks will be held on improving global energy dialogue, ensuring comprehensive energy security and actions for assuring the sustainability of energy supplies in the future. The event will also include a presentation highlighting important features of the World Energy Outlook 2009 to be released ahead of schedule in November 2009, to give decision makers and negotiators the most up-to-date information available in the run-up to Copenhagen.  

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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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Long-Term Mitigation May Cost 0.1% of Average Global Annual GDP Growth - OECD [viewed]

© OECD18 September 2009: A new book titled The Economics of Climate Change Mitigation: Policies and Options for Global Action Beyond 2012, launched by the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), concludes that a full-fledged global carbon market would cost just one-tenth of a percent of average world annual GDP growth between 2012 and 2050 to achieve moderately ambitious climate targets. Put differently, this would mean a 4% reduction in GDP in 2050 compared to a scenario where no policy action is taken. Over the same period, world GDP growth is projected to grow by more than 250%.

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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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Guest Article #21: Climate Neutral Cities [viewed]

Over this past decade, the effects of climate change have revealed the many facets of this unprecedented challenge. What was initially understood to be a limited environmental challenge has now been shown to impact the lives and future of all of us, in many interlinked ways.

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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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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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