Intergovernmental Process

Guest Article #23: Climate information and services for decision-making [viewed]

Convened in Geneva from 31 August to 4 September 2009 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and its international partners, the World Climate Conference-3 (WCC-3) has initiated the process to establish a Global Framework for Climate Services, to ensure that climate information and predictions are made available to decision-makers and to all sectors enduring the increasing impacts of climate variability and change. This historic decision was unanimously adopted at the opening of the WCC-3 High-level Segment, which followed three days of intense deliberations by multidisciplinary international experts. Present on the occasion were the Presidents and Heads of State of 12 countries and close to 80 Ministers, as well as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and 12 Executive Heads of UN Agencies and Programmes.

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European and American Mayors Discuss Role of Local Authorities vis-à-vis Climate Change [viewed]

7 October 2009: Leaders of large municipalities in Europe and the US have highlighted the role of local and regional authorities in mitigating and adapting to climate change.

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EC Proposal on Investing in Climate-Related Technologies Unveiled [viewed]

© EC7 October 2009: The European Commission has published a proposal on “Investing in the development of low-carbon energy technologies,” calling on public authorities, business and researchers to develop by 2020 the necessary technologies to address climate change, secure EU energy supply and ensure economic competitiveness.

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Governors' Global Climate Summit Signs Declaration to Support National Climate Change Legislation and Greater Role for Local and State Governments [viewed]

© Governors' Global Climate Summit 22 October 2009: The Governors' Global Climate Summit 2, held from 30 September-2 October 2009, in Los Angeles, US, produced a declaration in which leaders present at the meeting committed to work together to pursue clean transportation and mobility, support national climate change legislation, and include forests in climate policy development.

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EU-Brazil Summit Prioritizes REDD [viewed]

6 October 2009: Leaders of the European Union (EU) and Brazil agreed to step up efforts towards the inclusion of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) in the outcome to be reached in Copenhagen and to establish an “effective and reliable means of support for REDD” under the climate change Convention.

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IFPRI Publishes Report on Climate Change Impact on Agriculture and Costs of Adaptation [viewed]

© IFPRI29 September 2009: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has published a report that outlines the impacts and costs of climate change on agriculture and offers local, national and international policy recommendations.

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CARICOM Mini-Summit Addresses Climate Change [viewed]

© CARICOM26 September 2009: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member States held a mini-summit with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 26 September 2009, in New York. Climate change was among the issues addressed.

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G-20 Leaders Commit to Tackle Energy and Climate Change [viewed]

© U.S. Department of State25 September 2009: Leaders of countries representing 85 percent of the world's economy agreed on commitments on climate change and energy, among others, during the G-20 Summit held on 24-25 September 2009, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US.

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CGIAR Newsletter Highlights Agriculture's Role in Adaptation and Mitigation [viewed]

© CGIARSeptember 2009: The September newsletter of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) outlines contributions of member institutions to address the role of agriculture in climate change since UNFCCC COP 14 in Poznań.

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Guest Article #22: Climate change: a challenge for IMO too! [viewed]

For some time now, it has clearly been acknowledged that increases in global temperatures are altering the complex web of systems that allow life to thrive on earth. From the human perspective, difficult issues such as poverty, economic development and population growth are additional factors that make the problem even more complex and complicated. As Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his address to the UN Conference on Climate Change in Bali, in 2007, this is “the defining challenge of our age.”

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