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ITU Symposium Stresses Bridging the Digital Divide to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

© ITU27 July 2009: The third International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Symposium on information and communications technologies (ICTs) and climate change concluded in agreement that achieving climate justice is in the interest of all countries and citizens, and that bridging the digital divide and bringing the benefits of ICTs to all is fundamental to tackling climate change. The third ITU Symposium convened from 8-10 July 2009, in Quito, Ecuador.

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IAEA Workshop Addresses Sustainable Energy for Developing Countries [viewed]

© COPYRIGHTFOTO27 July 2009: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) held a “Workshop on IAEA Tools for Nuclear Energy System Assessment for Long-Term Planning and Development” from 20-23 July 2009, in Vienna, Austria.

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UNEP and ICRAF Call for Green Agricultural Practices [viewed]

© UNEP24 July 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), are calling for the widespread uptake of “green agricultural practices” that have the potential to combat climate change, contribute to poverty eradication, boost food production, and provide sustainable sources of timber.

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WMO's World Climate News Focuses on a Global Framework for Climate Services [viewed]

© WMO24 July 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released the June edition of its newsletter titled “World Climate News,” which focuses on a Global Framework for Climate Services, the major expected outcome of the third World Climate Conference (WCC-3). WMP is organizing WCC-3, which will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 31 August-4 September 2009.

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UNCTAD and UNDP Publish CDM Guide in Brazil [viewed]

© UNDP23 July 2009: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) presented a revised and expanded version of the Guide to the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in Brazil, a guide commissioned by Brazil's Ministry of Science and Technology and drawn up under the sponsorship of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

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UNEP Announces Six Universities Have Joined Climate Neutral Network [viewed]

© CN Net23 July 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that six universities from the US, UK, Spain and China have become the first academic institutions to join the Climate Neutral Network (CN Net), an initiative to promote global action to de-carbonize our economies and societies.

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UN Peace Keepers in Western Liberia Join UNEP Billion Tree Campaign [viewed]

© UN22 July 2009: The Alpha Company of the UN Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), working in the region of Kakata in western Liberia, has joined the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) worldwide Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign, and plans to plant a total of 1,000 trees by December 2009.

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UN-HABITAT Executive Director Signs the “Seal the Deal” Petition [viewed]

© UN22 July 2009: Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, has signed the “Seal the Deal” climate change petition, which calls on world leaders to negotiate a fair, balanced and effective agreement at the upcoming 15th session of the Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC in Copenhagen in December 2009.

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UNESCO's “On the Frontlines of Climate Change” Forum Discusses Early Climate Impacts [viewed]

© UNESCO17 July 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 published an article on the early impacts of climate change.

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UN-HABITAT Executive Director Highlights Connections Between Urban and Green Agendas [viewed]

© UN20 July 2009: UN-HABITAT Executive Director Anna Tibaijuka delivered a keynote address to the XVIII Assembly of Ministers and lead authorities of housing and urban development in Latin America and the Caribbean (MINURVI), which convened in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and emphasized three key messages: decent housing and universal access to basic urban services are critical elements to the well-being of urban populations and poverty reduction; cities play a role as engines of economic growth; and sustainable development depends on sustainable urban development.

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