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UNEP Assists in Minimizing Carbon Impact of Winter Olympics [viewed]

12 February 2010: As part of its ongoing efforts to promote eco-friendly sports, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has been working with the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC) of the 2010 Winter Olympics, to enhance the event's environmental performance and increase green awareness.

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UNEP Finance Initiative Launches Climate Survey [viewed]

5 February 2010: The UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) has launched a global survey to identify the climate change data needs of the financial services sector.

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WHO Publishes Draft Discussion Paper on Gender, Climate Change and Health [viewed]

February 2010: The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a draft discussion paper titled “Gender, climate change and health.”

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Working Group on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation for the UNECE Region Convenes for the First Time [viewed]

8 February 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Weekly newsletter, for the period 8-12 February 2010, reports on the first meeting of the Working Group on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation for the UNECE region, which convened on 5 February 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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UNCTAD Releases Report on Promotion of Green Growth in Low Income Countries [viewed]

February 2010: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has released a report titled "Trade and Environmental Review 2009/2010: Promoting Poles of Clean Growth to Foster the Transition to a More Sustainable Economy." The report focuses on the over 140 low-income and least developed countries, which account for less than 10% of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions of all developing countries.

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Recommendations from UNESCO's IYB Science Policy Conference Highlight the Climate-Stabilization Function of Biodiversity [viewed]

February 2010: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has published the statement and recommendations from the UNESCO International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) Science Policy Conference, which took place in Paris, France, from 25-29 January 2010. The Statement recognizes that biodiversity provides critical goods and services on which our lives depend, including the stabilization of climate.

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Event: 31st Session of the Joint Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Programme [viewed]

This session of the Joint Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) will discuss a WCRP programme. A key topic of discussion will be the role of WCRP research in the Global Framework for Climate Services, including how to develop the next generation of applied climate research. The WCRP is sponsored by the International Council for Science, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  

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Event: Sustainability Virtual Summit: Smart ICT [viewed]

This event is the first in a virtual event series focusing on sustainable Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) and their contribution to climate change mitigation. It will include Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, and Georg Kell, Executive Director, UN Global Compact, as keynote speakers.

 

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FAO Launches Website on Assisted Natural Forest Regeneration [viewed]

8 February 2010:  The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has created a new website on assisted natural regeneration (ANR) of forests, an effective and low cost forest and biodiversity restoration and rehabilitation method.

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UNEP Executive Director Defends IPCC Assessment Findings [viewed]

6 February 2010: Responding to recent criticism for a mistake made in the 2007 Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) over the rate of melting of the Himalayan glaciers, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner, has defended the Panel's findings.

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