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UNWTO Assembly Discusses Tourism's Post-Economic Crisis Recovery and Response to Climate Change [viewed]

© UN7 October 2009: The 18th session of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly is convening in Astana, Kazakhstan, from 5-8 October 2009. The session aims to determine how the tourism industry can surmount the decline brought on by the economic crisis while responding to the twin challenges of climate change and poverty alleviation.

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UN Secretary-General Urges Investment in Green Energy at Opening of Global Renewable Energy Forum [viewed]

© Distinguished guests join Mexican President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa at the Inaugural Plenary Session of the Global Renewable Energy Forum in Leon, Guanajauto, Mexico, including: Georgina Kessel, Secretary of Energy, Mexico; Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO); Juan Manuel Oliva Ramírez, Governor, State of Guanajauto; Rajendrah K. Pachauri, Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and CEO, TERI, India; and Hélène Pelosse, Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).7 October 2009: In a message delivered to the 2009 Global Renewable Energy Forum, organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) along with the Government of Mexico, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged business leaders and governments to invest in green energy schemes that move economies away from carbon-intensive energy strategies.

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IFAD President at IMF/World Bank Meeting to Highlight Smallholder Agriculture [viewed]

© IFAD7 October 2009: The President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kanayo Nwanze, attended the IMF/World Bank annual meeting held from 6-7 October 2009, in Istanbul, Turkey, to underscore the pivotal role of smallholder agriculture in addressing climate change, food security and poverty.

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Governors' Global Climate Summit Signs Declaration to Support National Climate Change Legislation and Greater Role for Local and State Governments [viewed]

© Governors' Global Climate Summit 22 October 2009: The Governors' Global Climate Summit 2, held from 30 September-2 October 2009, in Los Angeles, US, produced a declaration in which leaders present at the meeting committed to work together to pursue clean transportation and mobility, support national climate change legislation, and include forests in climate policy development.

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UNEP, UNESCO and FAO Collaborate on Blue Carbon Report Highlighting the Importance of Healthy Oceans [viewed]

© UNEP6 October 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in collaboration with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has compiled a report that illustrates how the ocean's carbon capture and storage systems (CCS) are being undermined by human activity, thereby harming their ability to “sequester” greenhouse gas emissions.

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UNITAR Joins Nairobi Framework to Improve Participation of Developing Countries in CDM [viewed]

© UNITAR5 October 2009: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) joined the Nairobi Framework, an initiative aimed at assisting developing countries especially those in sub-Saharan Africa, to improve their level of participation in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

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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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