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UNCTAD Secretary-General Joins High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing [viewed]

13 July 2010: Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), has accepted the UN Secretary-General's invitation to join his High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing.

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UN/ISDR Calls for Applications for Asian Writeshop [viewed]

12 July 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) are calling for applications from young scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and others from Asia working in the field of climate change and disaster risk reduction (DRR) to participate in a “writeshop.”

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TEEB Report Highlights Role of Biodiversity for Business [viewed]

13 July 2010: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) research consortium has released its third report, titled “The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity - Report for Business,” at the first Global Business of Biodiversity Symposium in London, England.

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UNU to Hold Postgraduate Course on Climate Change Resilience [viewed]

July 2010: The UN University (UNU) has launched a call for applications for its postgraduate programme on building resilience to climate change, scheduled to take place from 13 September-1 October 2010, in Tokyo, Japan.

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UNECE Publishes THE PEP Brochure and June Workshop Report [viewed]

July 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has issued a six-page brochure under the Pan-European Programme on Transport, Health and Environment (THE PEP), and posted the report of a workshop on sustainable and healthy urban transport policies held on 7-8 June 2010, in Skopje, Macedonia.

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Wujin, China Joins UN-HABITAT's Sustainable Urbanization Initiative [viewed]

7 July 2010: The UN Human Settlements programme (UN-HABITAT) has reported that the city of Wujin, China, has become the first Chinese city to join "The 100 Cities Initiative for Sustainable Urbanisation.”

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COP 16 Chair Discusses COP 16 Preparations [viewed]

7 July 2010: The UN University (UNU) hosted a lecture by Patricia Espinosa, Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs and the Chair of the upcoming 16th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP16), on 5 July 2010. She discussed Mexico's preparations for COP 16, which will convene in Cancun, Mexico, at the end of 2010.

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Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Centre Opens in West Africa [viewed]

6 July 2010: A new regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) opened in Praia, Cape Verde, on 6 July. The Centre is supported by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Governments of Austria, Cape Verde and Spain, as well as through a special partnership between Brazil and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

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62nd WMO Executive Council Held [viewed]

5 July 2010: The 62nd session of the Executive Council of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 8-18 June 2010, and adopted innovative approaches for further advancing global observing systems, research and forecasts in the fields of weather, climate and water, in a general context of financial crisis.

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UNIDO Urges Kazakhstan to Invest in Renewable Energy [viewed]

2 July 2010: During an official visit to Kazakhstan, Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), urged Kazakhstan to increase energy efficiency and develop renewable energy sources in order to de-carbonize the power sector, help promote energy security and address climate change issues.

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