UN Programme, Agency or Fund

UNESCO Releases GHG Measurement Guidelines for Freshwater Reservoirs [viewed]

September 2010: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)/International Hydropower Association (IHA) has released Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Measurement Guidelines for Freshwater Reservoirs.

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Event: 61st Session of the Marine Protection Committee of the IMO [viewed]

This session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), will focus on the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from international shipping. Session participants are also expected to adopt the revised Annex III of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), covering pollution from packaged goods, and address issues relating to the implementation of the ballast water management and ship recycling conventions.  

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Event: UNECE/WHO Europe Workshop on Safe and Healthy Walking and Cycling in Urban Areas [viewed]

This workshop will focus on cooperation between national and local authorities, industry and civil society in designing, planning, financing and producing legislation to support walking and cycling in cities. It is organized by the Georgian Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources and Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure and the City of Batumi, with support from other governments through the Pan-European Programme on Transport, Health and Environment (THE PEP) Trust Fund, which is run jointly by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe.  

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European Atlas of Soil Biodiversity Released [viewed]

23 September 2010: The European Commission's research body, the Joint Research Centre, has published for the first time an indicator-based map of potential threats to soil biodiversity in Europe, highlighting its role in agriculture and in the water and carbon cycles.

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WWAP and Partners Organize Film Contest [viewed]

22 September 2010: The UN World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) and TheWaterChannel.tv, with the support of the Mexican National Water Commission (CONAGUA), the Mexican Consejo Consultivo del Agua, A.C., are organizing the "Water, Climate and… Action!" short film contest.

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African MDG Report for 2010 Launched [viewed]

September 2010: The African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have jointly produced the 2010 report on "Assessing Progress in Africa toward the Millennium Development Goals (MGDs)."

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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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UNEP Releases Brief on Green Economy and MDGs [viewed]

20 September 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released "A Brief for Policymakers on the Green Economy and Millennium Development Goals" (MDGs), which concludes that investment in clean energy, sustainable transport, forests and environmentally-friendly agriculture is essential for meeting the MDGs. The brief was launched at the UN Summit on the MDGs, convening from 20-22 September 2010, in New York, US.

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Event: Committee on World Food Security [viewed]

The annual meeting of the Committee on World Food Security will include a policy roundtable on managing the vulnerability and risks presented by climate change to food security and will produce actionable recommendations for the plenary.  

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FAO Publishes Sustainable Woodfuels Guide [viewed]

21 September 2010: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has published a guide on the sustainable use of woodfuel resources and the sustainable production of charcoal.

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