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UNEP, EPO and ICTSD to Examine Role of Patents in Development of ESTs [viewed]

© EPO27 April 2009: The European Patent Office (EPO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) have announced that they will undertake a joint project to examine the role of patents in the development and transfer of environmentally sound technologies (ESTs), in particular in the field of energy generation.

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FAO Submission to UNFCCC: Potential of Grasslands for Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

© FAO27 April 2009: A new UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) submission to the UNFCCC outlines the potential for grasslands to contribute to greenhouse gas mitigation. The submission, which is based on a workshop of experts that convened from 15-17 April 2009, in Rome, Italy, outlines opportunities and challenges for including grasslands in a post-2012 climate regime.

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IPCC to Prepare Special Report on Extreme Events and Disasters [viewed]

23 April 2009: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will prepare a Special Report on managing the risks of extreme events and disasters to advance climate change adaptation, to be released during the second half of 2011. This decision was taken by the IPCC at its recent 30th session, which convened from 21-23 April 2009, in Antalya, Turkey.

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UNCTAD Releases Paper on Developing Country Interest on Climate Change Action and the Post-2012 Climate Change Regime [viewed]

© UNCTADApril 2009: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has released a paper titled “Developing Country Interests in Climate Change Action and the Implications for a Post-2012 Climate Change Regime,” authored by Aaron Cosbey, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).

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UN Backed Indigenous Peoples' Global Summit on Climate Change Ends with Declaration Calling for Fossil Fuel Phase-Out [viewed]

© Indigenous Peoples' Global Summit on Climate Change24 April 2009: The Indigenous People's Global Summit on Climate Change, hosted by the Inuit Circumpolar Council, convened from 20-24 April 2009, in Anchorage, Alaska. The Summit was supported by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), the UN University (UNU), the Northern Forum and other international organizations, and attracted nearly 500 indigenous representatives, from 5,000 distinct indigenous groups across 80 nations, to discuss how to integrate indigenous views, policies, traditional values and visions into the global response to the challenges of climate change.

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UNEP-Hosted Business Summit Manifesto Says New Climate Regime “Crucial” for Economic Recovery [viewed]

© B4E Summit23 April 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN Global Compact hosted the Business for the Environment (B4E) summit, which took place from 22-23 April 2009, in Paris, France. In their closing manifesto, the over 400 delegates underscored that agreement on a new climate regime is crucial, with recovery from the current economic turmoil requiring investments in clean technologies and sustainable infrastructure systems.

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ILO and UNITAR Launch Course on Green Jobs [viewed]

© ILO20 April 2009: The International Training Centre (ITC) of the International Labour Organization (ILO) has launched a six week open course on Green Jobs, focusing on the socioeconomic impacts of climate change with particular attention to the world of work, in terms adaptation and mitigation, and on how to manage the transition to a low-carbon economy.

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FAO Releases New Issue of FoodClimate Newsletter [viewed]

© FAO22 April 2009: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released the fourth issue of its FoodClimate newsletter, which contains interviews, updates and notes on upcoming events on climate change relating to agriculture, fisheries and forestry. The feature story, an interview with members of a livelihood adaptation to climate change project in Bangladesh, focuses on technology transfer, actor involvement and other prerequisites for and obstacles to community adaptation.

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FAO's Committee on Agriculture Addressing Role of Agricultural Production in Adaptation and Mitigation [viewed]

© FAO22 April 2009: The 21st meeting of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Committee on Agriculture, taking place from 22-25 April 2009, in Rome, Italy, is addressing, among other issues, the role of agricultural production in adapting to climate change and mitigation. The Committee will consider challenges arising from the need for adaptation and mitigation in agriculture, as well as from increased demand for biofuels.

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UN Praises China's Work on Disaster Recovery [viewed]

© UN22 April 2009: On a visit to China, John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, praised the nation's disaster preparedness and recovery efforts, as the first anniversary of the Wenchuan earthquake nears.

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