UN Programme, Agency or Fund

Event: Future of Cities - ICLEI's 20th Anniversary Congress [viewed]

This Congress is organized by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability. Partners include the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR). The four congress themes are: eco-efficiency (more with less); resilience (stability through flexibility); Green Economy (prosperity through change); and happiness (well-being as wealth).  

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UNICEF Launches Progress for Children Report [viewed]

8 September 2010: The UN Children Fund (UNICEF) has recently released its flagship report, titled "Progress for Children," with a special focus on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with equity.

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Event: Third Meeting of the Dynamic Coalition on Internet and Climate Change [viewed]

The Dynamic Coalition on Internet and Climate Change (DCICC) was launched by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to: help moderate the environmental impact of the Internet; seek new ways to use the power of the Internet to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions worldwide; and enable transformation in line with the objectives of the UNFCCC. Its third meeting will be held in conjunction with the fifth meeting of the Internet Governance Forum in September 2010.  

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Event: Fifth ITU Symposium on ICTs and the Environment and Climate Change [viewed]

The International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) fifth Symposium on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and the Environment and Climate Change will be hosted and co-organized by Egypt's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs. It will focus on the issue of ICTs, the environment and climate change in Africa, as well as the needs of developing countries. Topics to be discussed include adaptation to climate change, e-waste, cost-effective ICT technologies, methodology of environmental impact assessment of ICT and financing of climate change solutions. The main purpose is to raise awareness of the importance and opportunities of using ICTs to monitor climate change, and to mitigate and address its effects. The symposium will issue the “Cairo Road Map,” a set of recommendations for action in relation to ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change.  

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UNU and IDB Co-Organize Symposium on Climate Change and Biodiversity [viewed]

2 September 2010: The Japan-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Public Symposium on Climate Change and Biodiversity, organized by the UN University (UNU), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), with the support of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), took place on 2 September 2010, in Tokyo, Japan.

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GCOS Releases Updated Implementation Plan for the Global Observing System for Climate [viewed]

31 August 2010: The updated version of the Implementation Plan for the Global Observing System for Climate in Support of the UNFCCC, including the revised list of Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Essential Climate Variables (ECVs), has been published.

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UNCTAD World Investment Forum Opens in China [viewed]

7 September 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (by videoconference), Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and former US President Bill Clinton addressed the World Investment Forum in Xiamen, China, highlighting the current challenge of integrating investment policies to encourage the transformation towards a low-carbon economy.

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UNEP Releases Climate Neutral Strategy [viewed]

7 September 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a master plan to reduce its carbon footprint and pave the way towards climate neutrality.

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UNEP FI and Insurance Industry Release Statement on Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

6 September 2010: Leading insurance companies within the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), together with ClimateWise, The Geneva Association, and the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII) have called on governments worldwide to harness risk management techniques and insurance expertise to help the developing world adapt to climate change.

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Global Mechanism Developing South-South Cooperation Web Portal [viewed]

September 2010: The Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is developing a web-based, knowledge exchange tool to strengthen the role of local stakeholders in decision-making processes related to Sustainable Land Management (SLM).

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