Intergovernmental Process

Guest Article #27: Climate Change: The Case for Engagement [viewed]

With the critical Copenhagen UN Climate Change Conference just a few weeks away, it is worthwhile to recall what is at stake: any advances made and to be made in global integration, wealth creation, poverty reduction and peace building critically depend on our ability to address climate change now.

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Food Security Experts Call on Negotiators to Address Agriculture in a Climate Agreement [viewed]

18 November 2009: Over 60 leading agricultural scientists and policy experts released a statement stressing the need to include consideration of agriculture, specifically the ability of crops to adapt to climate change, in any agreement at the climate change conference in Copenhagen.

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EU Finalizes Negotiating Position Ahead of Copenhagen [viewed]

Eu Swedish Presidency23 November 2009: EU Environment Ministers gathered at an extra meeting of the Environment Council on 23 November 2009, in Brussels, Belgium, to undertake a final review of the EU position ahead of the climate change conference in Copenhagen in December.

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International Water Management Institute Publishes Policy Brief on Water Storage and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

23nov_09_0320 November 2009: The International Water Management Institute (IWMI), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), has published a water policy brief on "Flexible Water Storage Options and Adaptation to Climate Change."

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International Food Policy Research Institute Publishes Brief on Soil and Water Conservation and Implications for Agricultural Yields [viewed]

Ifpri Logo20 November 2009: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), has published a research brief based on research in Ethiopia on the implications of soil and water conservation on agricultural production risk.

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Third Russia-EU Summit Dominated by Climate Change and Energy [viewed]

Eu Swedish Presidency18 November 2009: The third EU-Russia Summit, which met in Stockholm, Sweden, on 18 November 2009, addressed climate change and energy among its priorities.

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US and China Identify Areas for Cooperation on Climate Change, Energy and Environment in Joint Statement [viewed]

17 November 2009: US President Barak Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao issued a Joint Statement based on their discussions in Beijing, China, which includes a section on "Climate Change, Energy and Environment."

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Guest Article #26: REDD+, Why we can't afford to wait [viewed]

Everything has a price. But when Mr. Bharrat Jagdeo, President of Guyana, estimated that to remove seven gigatonnes of forest carbon dioxide over the next five years would cost 1.5 US cents per day per citizen of industrialized countries, that price seemed ridiculously low. Particularly since the cost of doing nothing is far higher and will be borne by everyone, especially the most innocent and vulnerable. Clearly we cannot afford to wait.

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Pre-COP-15 Meeting Convenes in Copenhagen [viewed]

Eu Swedish Presidency17 November 2009: Forty ministers responsible for environment and climate met in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 16-17 November 2009, to prepare for the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP-15) to the UNFCCC, scheduled to be held in December. At the meeting, ministers from Brazil and the Republic of Korea presented recently approved national decisions on emissions reductions.

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African “Committee of Ten” Discusses Strategy for Copenhagen [viewed]

africanunionlogo17 November 2009: The Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (Committee of Ten), mandated by the African Union (AU) to speak on behalf of Africa during the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP-15) to the UNFCCC, met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 17 November 2009.

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