Intergovernmental Process

UN Participates in Preparatory Meeting of Major Economies Forum [viewed]

28 April 2009: The US Government hosted the first preparatory meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate from 27-28 April 2009, in Washington, DC, US. The event was attended by Leaders' representatives and other officials from 17 major economies, as well as the UN and Denmark, as host of the December 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Conference.

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G8 Environment Ministers Forward Conclusions to G8 Summit [viewed]

© G8 Summit 200924 April 2009: In the framework of the G8 Italian Presidency, the G8 Environment Ministerial Meeting convened on 22-24 April 2009, in Siracusa, Italy. The meeting was attended by the G8 Environment Ministers and the European Commission, as well as Environment Ministers and senior officials from Brazil, China, India, Mexico, South Africa, Australia, Egypt, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, the Czech Republic on behalf of the European Union (EU), Sweden as the next President of the EU, and Denmark as host of the December 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Conference.

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ICRAF Publishes Working Paper on Mainstreaming Climate Change into Agricultural Education [viewed]

© ICRAFApril 2009: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), has published a working paper on challenges and perspectives for mainstreaming climate change into agricultural education. The working paper is an outcome of a symposium on climate change challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa, which sought to identify recommendations for effective policy, institutions and capacity for addressing climate change in agricultural education.

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IEA Briefs G8 Environment Ministers on Energy Technology's Role in Green Growth [viewed]

© IEA22 April 2009: While attending the Group of Eight industrialized countries (G8) environment ministers meeting, which is taking place from 22-23 April 2009, in Siracusa, Italy, International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka presented a paper titled “Ensuring Green Growth in a Time of Economic Crisis: The Role of Energy Technology.”

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UNESCO's “On the Frontlines of Climate Change” Forum Discusses Complexities of Deforestation and Indigenous Rights [viewed]

© On the Frontlines of Climate Change21 April 2009: “On the Frontlines of Climate Change,” an internet forum launched by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), has published an article on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD).

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G8 Agriculture Ministers Adopt Declaration on the World Food Emergency [viewed]

© G8 Agriculture Ministers' Meeting.jpg20 April 2009: The Ministers of Agriculture of the G8 countries and Brazil, China, India, Mexico, South Africa, Argentina, Australia and Egypt convened from 18-20 April 2009, in Cison di Valmarino, Italy, to discuss food security under the theme “The World Food Emergency.” The meeting was also attended by the Heads of UN agencies that are members of the UN Secretary-General's High-Level Task Force on Food Security and other intergovernmental bodies.

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OAS Summit: US President Proposes Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas, Declaration of Commitment Presented [viewed]

18 April 2009: Addressing the Fifth Summit of the Americas, which took place in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, from 17-19 April 2009, US President Barack Obama proposed the creation of a new Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas “that can forge progress to a more secure and sustainable future.” The proposed partnership would promote renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the promotion of energy efficiency and investments in infrastructure and renewable sources of energy.

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UN Secretary-General at Summit of the Americas Outlines Impacts of Climate Change on the Region [viewed]

© Fifth Summit of the Americas18 April 2009: In an address to the Fifth Summit of the Americas, taking place in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon referred to the impact of climate change on the Americas, from the shrinking glaciers in the Andes to deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon and the rising sea levels endangering the small islands of the Caribbean.

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Guest Article #12: Aviation and Alternative fuels - A promising option in the global strategy for addressing climate change [viewed]

The 36th Session of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly in 2007 recognized the urgent need for more concerted and effective action to reduce the carbon footprint of international aviation, the importance of research and development in fuel efficiency and alternative fuels, and the value of promoting understanding on the subject.

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G20 Commit to Reach Agreement in Copenhagen [viewed]

© G-202 April 2009: In the Leaders' Statement adopted at the close of the G20 Summit, which took place in London, UK, on 2 April 2009, the leaders of the Group agreed to make the best possible use of investment funded by fiscal stimulus programmes towards the goal of building a resilient, sustainable and green recovery.

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