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CSO Representatives Elected to UN-REDD Policy Board [viewed]

© UNREDD1 October 2009: After being nominated and self-selected by civil society organizations (CSOs) worldwide, the CSO representatives to the UN-REDD Policy Board were announced to be: Pacifique Mukumba Isumbisho, Support Center for Indigenous Pygmies and Vulnerable Minorities; Effrey Dademo, the Papua New Guinea Eco-Forestry Forum; Paula Moreira, Amazon Environmental Research Institute; and Rosalind Reeve, Global Witness.

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UN-REDD Programme Publishes September Newsletter [viewed]

© UN-REDD September 2009: The UN-REDD Programme published the second issue of its newsletter, featuring news on the UN high-level event on forests and climate change, a commentary on REDD and indigenous peoples' engagement in Africa, and reports on a technical meeting on forest degradation and a measuring, reporting and verification meeting, both held in September 2009, in Rome, Italy.

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UNECE and WHO Regional Office for Europe Workshop Highlights Human-Powered Mobility in Cities [viewed]

© UNECE30 September 2009: National and local policies are needed to support walking and cycling as sustainable and alternative ways of transport in urban areas that contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as air and noise pollution, limit urban congestion and favor human health. This is the conclusion of the workshop titled “Safe and Healthy Walking and Cycling in Urban Areas” held in Prague, Czech Republic, from 24-25 September 2009.

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UNDP and UNEP Co-Host Governors' Global Climate Summit [viewed]

© Governors' Global Climate Summit 229 September 2009: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) are co-hosting the Governors' Global Climate Summit, which is being held in Los Angeles, California, from 30 September-2 October.

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ITU Pushes for Role of ICTs to be Recognized in Copenhagen Agreement [viewed]

© ITU28 September 2009: At the first ever Virtual International Symposium on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Climate Change, held on 23 September 2009, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) said it would press for recognition in Copenhagen of the importance of ICTs as a cross-sectoral tool to combat climate change.

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GEF, UNEP and Partners Launch Renewable Energy Project Insurance Scheme [viewed]

© UNEP-GEF-CarbonRe24 September 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) are supporting an innovative mechanism for insuring renewable energy projects in developing countries. The global renewable energy insurance facility, which was launched by Munich, RSA Insurance Group (RSA) and CarbonRe, will be operated via an internet website and will offer standard and customized insurance solutions for renewable energy projects in developing countries.

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UNDESA and Regional Development Banks Launch Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport [viewed]

25 September 2009: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank are among more than 30 members of the new Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT).

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GEF and UNEP Launch Global Platform for Efficient Lighting [viewed]

© GEF25 September 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have launched the “Global Market Transformation for Efficient Lighting Platform,” a public-private partnership directed at reducing global energy demand for lighting.

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UNECE and FAO Assess Wood Energy Consumption Increase [viewed]

© UNECE25 September 2009: Growing wood energy consumption linked to efforts to mitigate climate change is increasing the likelihood of severe competition for wood on traditional forest products markets. There is therefore a need to establish realistic targets for renewable energy sources, balancing traditional wood processing industry needs with growing energy needs, taking into account the sustainable availability of woody biomass in all its various forms, in the short, medium and long term.

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Global Climate Week Concludes [viewed]

25 September 2009: The first ever Global Climate Week, led by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) from 21-25 September 2009, rallied diverse groups, organizations and individuals in around 100 countries in support of the Seal the Deal! climate change campaign.

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