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UNEP Convenes Global Forum for Sport and Environment [viewed]

9 November 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) convened the Global Forum for Sport and Environment (G-ForSE), in Nairobi, Kenya, from 8-9 November 2010, to review the environmental impacts of sporting events. 

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UNECE Announces Creation of Belarus International Energy Center [viewed]

8 November 2010: According to the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Weekly newsletter for the period 8-12 November 2010, an International Energy Center was inaugurated in Minsk, Belarus, on 29 October 2010, to attract domestic and foreign investment in long-term projects improving the efficiency of energy production and consumption in Belarus.

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Event: Japan-Iceland Geothermal Forum 2010 [viewed]

This Forum will focus on the cooperation possibilities between Japan and Iceland, including development and financing. Participants will discuss: the challenges of geothermal use, the possibilities for further development, the role of governments in developing geothermal energy, the combined strengths of the Japanese and Icelandic models, the joint development and financing of geothermal power plants in developing countries, how geothermal projects can be financed and risks can be mitigated, the main obstacles in the development and construction of geothermal power plants in developing countries, and the role of development banks and financial institutions.  

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WMO Africa Meeting Outlines Priorities for National Meteorological Services [viewed]

8 November 2010: The World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Regional Association for Africa met from 1-8 November 2010, in Marrakesh, Morocco, to discuss how African national meteorological and hydrological services and regional centers can deliver services supporting national and regional development goals, including better climate predictions and climate change adaptation assessments.

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WFP Donates Monitoring Stations to Ethiopia [viewed]

8 November 2010: The World Food Programme (WFP) has donated 50 weather stations to the Government of Ethiopia. The weather stations aim to enhance national risk and disaster management capacities.

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UNGA Discusses IAEA Annual Report [viewed]

8 November 2010: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) met on 8 November 2010 in New York, US, to take up the 54th report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) (document GC(54)/4), which summarizes developments over the past year in the major areas related to safeguards, safety, and science and technology.

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UNEP Launches en.lighten Initiative Website [viewed]

5 November 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a new website for the en.lighten initiative, which was created in 2009 as a partnership between UNEP, OSRAM GmbH and Philips Lighting, with the support of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Earth Fund.

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Event: Workshop: “Opportunities and threats of REDD+ – Why we need an active anti-corruption community?" [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and GTZ at the occasion of the 14th International Anti-Corruption Conference. Participants will discuss the opportunities and threats in REDD+, considering that a substantial amount of financial resources – about US$15-30 billion – are expected to be invested in climate mitigation. The workshop will focus on what needs to be done and who can do what to integrate preventive anti-corruption measures into REDD+ development and implementation. This workshop will be moderated by UNDP Environment and Energy Group Director Veerle Vandeweerd.  

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Event: UNU Public Symposium on Climate Change and Education: UNESCO's Role in the 2010s [viewed]

This public symposium is hosted by the UN University (UNU). Irina Bokova, UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director General, will focus on the role of education in addressing climate change impact in a sustainable manner. UNESCO has recently launched a climate change initiative that supports investigation and research in areas such as advancing knowledge about climate change, preserving the biosphere, coping with the social aspects of climate change, and minimizing disaster risks.  

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UNEP Executive Director Calls on G-20 to Transition Towards a Green Economy [viewed]

9 November 2010: The Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner, has urged leaders of the G-20 Summit convening in Seoul, Republic of Korea, to evolve their vision toward an inclusive, sustainable green growth underpinned by clean technologies and ecosystems.

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