Intergovernmental Process

India Hosting Climate Change-related Meetings [viewed]

© UN DESA19 October 2009: The Government of India is hosting a number of bilateral and multilateral meetings related to climate change in the coming week.

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African Experts Refining Position for Copenhagen [viewed]

© UNECA19 October 2009: The Second Technical Meeting of the African high-level expert panel and negotiators on climate change has opened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with a view to updating the African common negotiating position for Copenhagen. The meeting is organized by the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) and the African Union, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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Guest Article #24: World Food Day: Genetic Resources – Part of the solution [viewed]

The food crises and economic downturn of recent years have highlighted the fact that food safety is a global challenge that requires proactive international commitment from all nations. Agriculture and food production are vital to the development of impoverished nations and must be restored to a central role in development-aid policy. In order to guarantee food supplies for the Earth's growing population, a solid commitment to the preservation and sustainable use of genetic resources must be at the core of agricultural development. This is especially important in an era of increasing man-made climate change. 

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EU-Sponsored Meeting Discusses UN Secretary-General's Report on Climate Change and Security [viewed]

© EU Swedish Presidency16 October 2009: During a conference on “Environment, Climate Change and Security – Facing the Challenges,” which took place in Stockholm, Sweden, on 15 October 2009, and was organized by the Swedish Presidency of the European Union (EU), Swedish State Secretary Joakim Stymne identified six areas for urgent action concerning the security risks posed by climate change.

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IEA Ministerial Meeting Discusses Partnerships for Energy Challenges [viewed]

© IEA15 October 2009: The International Energy Agency (IEA) celebrated its 35th anniversary and considered the theme “Responding to Energy Challenges in Partnership” during its two-day Ministerial meeting in Paris, France, from 14-15 October 2009. The meeting gathered energy ministers from the 28 IEA member countries to share views on key energy and environment challenges. In addition, IEA partner countries China, India and Russia participated for the first time together and guest speakers Henry Kissinger and Etienne Davignon - two key founders of the IEA - and Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), helped mark the anniversary milestone.

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European and African Leaders Discuss Copenhagen Agenda [viewed]

14 October 2009: In the framework of the Africa-European Union (EU) dialogue, African and EU leaders addressed the “climate change agenda” during the 13th Ministerial Meeting of African and EU Troikas, which convened in Addis Ababa on 14 October 2009.

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African Parliamentarians Meet at UNEP Headquarters to Address Climate Change [viewed]

13 October 2009: An African Parliamentarians Summit, entitled “Climate Change: One Africa, One Voice, One Position,” convened from 13-14 October 2009, at the headquarters of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Ministerial Meeting Calls for Appropriate Recognition of Carbon Capture and Storage [viewed]

13 October 2009: The Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) – a ministerial-level initiative comprising developed and developing countries – agreed that the viability of carbon capture and storage (CCS) “should be appropriately recognized” as a key mitigation strategy in a future climate change agreement. This agreement came out of a meeting of environment and energy ministers from CSLF members in London, UK, on 12-14 October 2009.

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Bioversity International to Chart Agrobiodiversity-Based Adaptation [viewed]

© COPYRIGHTFOTO October 2009: Bioversity International's Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research project on climate change is collecting information about initiatives on adaptation to climate change based on the use of agrobiodiversity.

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African Leaders Define a Green Pact for Africa at Forum on Sustainable Development [viewed]

© World Forum on Sustainable Development11 October 2009: The World Forum on Sustainable Development, which convened from 9-11 October 2009, in Ouagadougou, under the theme “Climate Change: What Opportunities for Sustainable Development?” was organized by the Government of Burkina Faso in partnership with the UN, including the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the African Union (AU).

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