Intergovernmental Process

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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IFPRI Publishes Papers on Climate Change and Economic Growth in Zambia, Agricultural Vulnerability in South Africa [viewed]

© IFPRISeptember 2009: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has recently published two papers modeling the impact of climate variability and change on economic growth in Zambia, and mapping the vulnerability of South Africa's farming sector to climate change.

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AOSIS Summit Reviews Negotiations, Adopts Declaration [viewed]

© SIDSNet22 September 2009: The AOSIS Climate Change Summit was held in New York, on 21 September 2009, to set a course for AOSIS negotiators in the final months of talks on a post-2012 agreement.

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African Union Announces Position on Climate Change [viewed]

© African Union18 September 2009: During his monthly press conference on 17 September 2009 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Jean Ping, President of the Commission of the African Union announced that Africa will request “polluting countries,” regardless of their participation in the Kyoto Protocol, to reduce their emissions “drastically.”

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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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