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ITU Establishes Study Group on Environment and Climate Change [viewed]

© ITU4 May 2009: A study group to focus on information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the environment was created during the meeting of the International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG), which took place from 28-30 April 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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WMO Convenes Workshop on Global Atmosphere [viewed]

© WMO5 May 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), under its Global Atmosphere Watch programme, is convening a workshop from 5-7 May 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland. The workshop brings together about 90 experts from 30 countries to discuss the need for new improved observational and analysis techniques to address climate-relevant questions and advance studies of atmospheric composition.

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UN/ISDR Releases April Issue of ISDR-Highlights [viewed]

© UN/ISDR1 May 2009: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released the April 2009 issue of its newsletter ISDR-Highlights.

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UN/ISDR and UNDP to Launch Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

May 2009: The 2009 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction will be launched in Manama, Bahrain, on 17 May 2009, at an event organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR). The report will present a global risk analysis on emerging disaster and climatic risk patterns and trends, in particular those related to poverty and human development concerns.

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UNFF8 Adopts Decision on Forests in a Changing Environment [viewed]

UNFF8 Chair Boen M. Purnama gaveled UNFF8 to a close at 05h53m on Saturday, 2 May 20094 May 2009: Climate change featured heavily on the agenda of the eighth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF8), which convened from 20 April-1 May 2009, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. After a late night session on the final day of negotiations, UNFF8 delegates adopted a resolution on forests in a changing environment, which encourages member States to, inter alia, strengthen the implementation of sustainable forest management (SFM) in addressing the challenges faced by forests due to climate change, forest degradation, and biodiversity and forest cover loss.

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UNESCO's “On the Frontlines of Climate Change” Forum Issues Call for Project Proposals [viewed]

© On the Frontlines of Climate Change1 May 2009: “On the Frontlines of Climate Change,” an Internet forum launched by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), has issued a call for project proposals. Funding, provided with the assistance of Denmark, will be dedicated to community-level projects showcasing local experiences with climate impacts and adaptation.

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UNCTAD Holds Expert Meeting on CDM Challenges and Opportunities [viewed]

© UNCTADMay 2009: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) held an expert meeting on the “Trade and Investment Opportunities and Challenges Under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)” in Geneva, Switzerland, from 27-29 April 2009. The event included presentations by academics, research institutions and country experts who explored ways to facilitate participation from developing countries and least developed countries in the CDM, and provided examples of how to overcome existing obstacles to greater CDM investment flows.

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UNITAR Holds Workshop on Environmental Negotiations and Climate Change Diplomacy [viewed]

29 April 2009: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) held a training workshop on environmental negotiations and climate change diplomacy in New York, US, from 29-30 April 2009. The workshop was organized as part of UNITAR's 2009 Negotiation Training Series, and was targeted mainly at delegates from developing countries, least developed countries and small island States (SIDS).

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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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