Intergovernmental Process

Scientific Congress Delivers Preliminary Conclusions on the Latest Science of Climate Change Since IPCC's Last Assessment Report [viewed]

12 March 2009: The international scientific congress titled “Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions” took place from 10-12 March 2009, in Copenhagen, Denmark, and was organized by the International Alliance of Research Universities and attended by over 2,000 participants from around 80 countries. The main aim of the congress was to provide a summary of existing scientific knowledge two years after the Fourth Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was released and in the run-up to the UNFCCC conference in Copenhagen in December 2009. The preliminary conclusions of the Congress contain six messages concerning: climatic trends, social disruption, long-term strategy, equity dimensions, consequences of inaction, and meeting the challenge.

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WHO and Biodiversity Experts Present Scientific Findings at Climate Congress [viewed]

Lower precipitation due to climate change causes water scarcity and reduced food production

12 March 2009: Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) presented findings regarding climate change impacts to human health at the international scientific congress titled “Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions,” which ran from 10-12 March 2009, in Copenhagen, Denmark. They noted the “adverse consequences” of climate change on health, highlighted the challenges inherent in addressing resulting impacts, and stressed the health benefits of mitigation activities. In addition, they underscored the uneven distribution of health impacts of climate change globally, identifying populations in small island developing States, mountainous regions, large urban areas, coastal areas, and areas that lack access to water among the most vulnerable.

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CIAT Adopts “Strategic Directions” as Framework for Eco-Efficient Agriculture to Improve Agriculture Adaptation [viewed]

International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

March 2009: The Board of Trustees of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Research (CGIAR), has approved CIAT's new “Strategic Directions” as a framework for future work towards “eco-efficient” agriculture at the service of the poor of Latin America and the tropical world. CIAT's vision of eco-efficient agriculture centers on the efficient use of resources to enhance the productivity, competitiveness, resilience, sustainability, fairness and equity of agricultural production, as a strategy to respond to the challenges of hunger, poverty, environmental degradation and climate change.

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EU, GTZ and Partners to Organize Seminar on Energy and Climate Change in Cold Regions [viewed]

Energy & Climate change in cold regions

March 2009: The EU, the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), the GERES (Renewable Energies Group, Environment and Solidarities) and other partners, are organizing a regional seminar on the challenge of development in energy-related projects and climate change adaptation strategies in the cold regions of Asia, to be held from 21-24 April 2009, in Leh, India.

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PEMSEA's Second East Asian Seas Youth Forum to Focus on Climate Change [viewed]

Second East Asian Seas (EAS) Youth Forum

March 2009: Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA) is organizing the second East Asian Seas (EAS) Youth Forum, which will take place from 22-26 November 2009, in Manila, the Philippines, as one of the major side events of the EAS Congress 2009.

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Guest Article #9: Focusing Two Climate Agendas Under One Priority: Mitigation, Adaptation and Resilience through Water [viewed]

Even as climate science at last brings political action, an unfortunate and unnecessary rift has arisen between those striving to prevent emissions above and those working to adapt to the consequences below.

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Group of 77 Water Forum Adopts Muscat Declaration on Water [viewed]

Group of 77

26 February 2009: The First Ministerial Forum on Water of the Group of 77 met in Muscat, Oman, from 23-25 February 2009, and brought together delegations from 130 member States who agreed on 21 conclusions and recommendations.

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Dhaka Conference Establishes Global Initiative on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

Third International Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA) to Climate Change

24 February 2009: The Third International Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA) to Climate Change took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from 18-24 February 2009. 

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APEC to Organize Workshop on Policies to Promote Energy Efficiency in Transport [viewed]

Meeting Brochure and Agenda

March 2009: The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat is organizing the APEC Workshop on Policies that Promote Energy Efficiency in Transport, scheduled to convene from 24-25 March 2009, in Singapore.

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IEA Executive Director Calls for a “Clean Energy New Deal” [viewed]

23 February 2009: In a speech delivered at the “Global Korea 2009 - Korea in a Reshaping World” conference, International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka stressed the importance of investment for energy supply and clean energy technologies, and international cooperation for energy efficiency and clean energy technology diffusion.

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