UN Intergovernmental Body

Event: UNGA Special Event: SIDS in the Context of Climate Change [viewed]

This special event of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) will take place from 3-6 PM EST.  

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CBD Workshop Highlights Biodiversity Benefits from REDD [viewed]

1 October 2010: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated the results of the Global Expert Workshop on Biodiversity Benefits of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD), which convened from 20-23 September 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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IPCC Releases Documentation Ahead of 32nd Session [viewed]

October 2009: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has posted documents for its 32nd session, which will take place from 11-14 October 2010, in Busan, Republic of Korea.

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UNGA General Debate Wraps Up [viewed]

29 September 2010: The General Debate of the 65th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) concluded on 29 September 2010, in New York, US, with Assembly President Joseph Deiss (Switzerland) underlining that many speakers had addressed the risks associated with climate change, including the loss of biodiversity, and reiterated the need for more efforts to address those challenges head on.

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Developing Countries Call for Greater Support to Respond to Climate Change [viewed]

28 September 2010: As the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) annual high-level debate continued on 28 September 2010, developing countries representatives urged greater global support in responding to climate change.

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UNGA Addresses Need for Coordinated Action on Climate Change [viewed]

27 September 2010: As the UN General Assembly (UNGA) continued its annual general debate in New York, US, leaders of small island developing States (SIDS) underscored that they were unable to tackle alone the challenges posed by climate change, making it vital for the international community to develop a coordinated approach to this issue.

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Event: Joint IPCC Workshop of WGII and WGIII on Socioeconomic Scenarios for Climate Change Impact and Response Assessments [viewed]

The IPCC Expert Meeting Towards New Scenarios for Analysis of Emissions, Climate Change, Impacts, and Response Strategies (Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands, 19-21 September 2007) called for the organization of a meeting of the integrated assessment and impacts and adaptation communities to develop a joint strategy for storyline development. The need for such an expert meeting was reiterated by the Task Group established by the IPCC during its 30th session in Antalya, Turkey (21-23 April 2009) to facilitate the catalytic role of the IPCC.  

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Event: Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV) [viewed]

This conference aims to assess the results of the 10-year action plan adopted at the third UN Conference on LDCs and to adopt new measures and strategies for their sustainable development. The UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UNOHRLLS) has been designated by the General Assembly as the coordinator of the conference and its preparatory activities. The provisional agenda, adopted by the UN General Assembly on 20 December 2010, is contained in this document: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/CONF.219/IPC/1/Rev.1.  

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Iceland Suggests Poor Countries Pursue Geothermal Energy [viewed]

24 September 2010: Össur Skarphéðinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade of Iceland, told the UN General Assembly (UNGA) that geothermal energy could prove to be an important component of the renewable energy mix poor counties.

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Event: Third Lead Authors Meeting on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

The World Meterological Organization (WMO) is hosting the Third Lead Authors Meeting for the Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX) for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Submitted comments to the the SREX Expert Review, which took place from 26 July-20 September 2010, will serve as the basis for discussions. The 30th Session of the IPCC in 2009 decided to prepare the SREX with the involvement of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR).  

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