Intergovernmental Process

European Forest Conference Addresses Climate and Energy Challenges [viewed]

Michel Barnier, French Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries

8 November 2008: The International Conference “The European

Forest-Based Sector: Bio-Responses to Address New Climate and Energy

Challenges?” took place from 6-8 November 2008, in Nancy, France. The

Conference aimed to provide policy makers with information regarding the role

of the forest-based sector in relation to the physical processes of the carbon

cycle, the competition between wood and other materials, and the energy market.

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Agreement Reached on Statutes for an International Renewable Energy Agency [viewed]

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) 25 October 2008: Over 50 countries met in Madrid, Spain, from 23-24 October 2008 for the final preparatory conference for the establishment of an International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

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Sixth World Forum on Sustainable Development Discusses Effects of Globalization in the Face of Climate Change [viewed]

6th World Forum of Sustainable development 31 October 2008: The Sixth World Forum on Sustainable

Development took place in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, from 27-30 October

2008, and was organized with the participation of several institutions,

including the UN Environment Programme, the UN Development Programme, the UN

Food and Agriculture Organization, the African Union, the African Development

Bank, the Economic Commission for Africa, and the World Environment Fund.

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Guest Article #7: Moving Towards Green Jobs, a Green Economy, and a Lower Carbon Society [viewed]

Only a few weeks ago I was in Mexico to announce that this Latin American country will be the main host for World Environment Day 2009, less than 200 days before the crucial climate convention meeting in Copenhagen.

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First World Summit of Regions Showcases Role of Regions in Tackling Climate Change [viewed]

First climate change summit of the world's regional governments 30 October 2008: Over 600 participants representing governments, regions and other local authorities gathered in Saint Malo, France, from 29-30 October 2008, for the “First World Summit of Regions, Climate Change: Regions in Action.”

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Committee on Earth Observation Satellites Submits Report to UNFCCC [viewed]

Committee on Earth Observation Satellites Submits Report to UNFCCC 28 October 2008: The Committee on Earth Observation

Satellites (CEOS) has prepared an updated report on progress by space agencies

involved in global observations in implementing actions in response to the Global

Climate Observing System (GCOS) implementation plan. The report was submitted

to the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice, which

will hold its 29th session in Poznan, Poland, from 1-10 December 2008.

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EU and Asian Nations Reaffirm Need for Copenhagen Deal at ASEM7 [viewed]

Chair's Statement of the Seventh Asia-Europe Meeting 27 October 2008: The EU and 24 Asian States have signed a

declaration urging agreement on an international framework on climate change at

the Copenhagen negotiations in December 2009. The Beijing Declaration on

Sustainable Development was agreed and signed during the Seventh Asia-Europe

Meeting (ASEM), held from 24-25 October in Beijing, China.

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C40 Tokyo Conference on Climate Change Discusses Adaptation Measures for Sustainable Low Carbon Cities [viewed]

C40 cities 24 October 2008: Mayors and senior officials from 36 of the

world's largest cities gathered from 22-24 October 2008, in Tokyo, Japan, for

talks on how to fight global warming in the latest meeting of the so-called C40

climate initiative.

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Caribbean States' Vulnerability to Climate Change Stressed at UN Press Conference [viewed]

Association of Caribbean States 23 October 2008: At a press conference at UN Headquarters in

New York, US, representatives of the Association of Caribbean States said

countries of the Caribbean region were headed for “hard and difficult times”

unless they took action on climate change, with the cooperation and support of

the international community.

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Francophonie Pledges to Halve GHG Emissions by 2050 [viewed]

Francophonie Pledges to Halve GHG Emissions by 2050 20 October 2008: During the 12th Francophonie Summit, which

took place in Quebec City, Canada, from 17-19 October 2008, seventy

French-speaking nations and regional governments adopted the Quebec

Declaration.

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