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UNEP Report Highlights Rise in Emerging Economies' Investment in Clean Energy [viewed]

© UNEP3 June 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Sustainable Energy Finance Initiative (SEFI) and New Energy Finance have released this year's Global Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment 2009 Report. The report finds that investment in clean energy in 2008, although hampered by very difficult market conditions, topped 2007's record investments by 5%, largely as a result of China, Brazil and other emerging economies.

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Third C40 Large Cities Summit Addresses Achievements and Challenges in Fighting Climate Change [viewed]

© UN2 June 2009: The third Summit of the C40, a group of the world's largest cities committed to tackling climate change, was held in Seoul, South Korea, from 18-21 May 2009. Under the theme “Cities' Achievements and Challenges in the Fight Against Climate Change,” the Summit brought together mayors, company executives and leaders from 40 cities and 17 affiliate municipalities around the world to share their policies and good practices in addressing global warming.

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Liaison Group of Biodiversity-Related Conventions Considers Climate Change as a Cross-Cutting Issue [viewed]

© CBD1 June 2009: The recently-released report of the seventh meeting of the Liaison Group of the Biodiversity-related Conventions indicates that the group discussed, among other topics, options for enhanced cooperation with regard to work on cross-cutting issues such as climate change.

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Event: Twenty-sixth session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum [viewed]

The 26th session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC26/GMEF) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is scheduled to convene from 21-24 February 2011, at the UN Office in Nairobi, Kenya. In pursuance of General Assembly resolution 53/242 (Report of the Secretary-General on environment and human settlements) of 28 July 1999, the Governing Council constitutes the annual ministerial-level global environmental forum in which participants gather to review important and emerging policy issues in the field of the environment. The 12th Session of the Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF) will be held from 19-20 February 2011, prior to GC26/GMEF.  

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UN Agencies Call for Attention to Fisheries in Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

© FAO1 June 2009: A consortium of 16 UN and other international organizations, including the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Bank and the World Fish Center, has issued a policy brief urging negotiators to ensure that fisheries and aquaculture are addressed in a new international agreement on climate change.

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White Papers for UNCCD Scientific Conference Open for Review [viewed]

© DSD30 May 2009: The Dryland Science for Development Consortium (DSD), which is helping to organize the first scientific conference for the UN Convention to Combat Desertification's (UNCCD) Committee on Science and Technology (CST), has invited scientific colleagues and stakeholders of the UNCCD to review the drafts of scientific analysis papers that will feed into the 22-24 September 2009 conference on “Bio-physical and socioeconomic monitoring and assessment of desertification and land degradation, to support decision-making in land and water management.”

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UNPFII Considers Climate Change and Land Tenure Issues [viewed]

© UNPFII29 May 2009: About 2,000 indigenous representatives, as well as representatives of member States, civil society, academia, some 35 UN entities and other intergovernmental organizations, participated in the eighth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), which convened from 18-29 May 2009, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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FAO and IFAD Collaborate on Study that Identifies Biofuels and Carbon Markets as Partial Drivers of International Land Acquisition Deals [viewed]

© 26 May 2009: A collaborative study by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) suggests that increased demand for biofuels and, to a lesser extent, increased land values through emerging carbon markets, are among the factors that drive international land acquisition deals.

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UNDP Assists Indigenous People in Documenting the Impact of Climate Change [viewed]

18 May 2009: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), under its Global Human Rights Strengthening Programme, is training the Baka indigenous peoples in Eastern Cameroon to use video cameras to document and monitor the impact of climate change on their livelihoods.

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UNDP Administrator Calls for a “New Deal” to Address Climate Change and Poverty [viewed]

26 May 2009: Addressing the opening session of the annual meeting of the Executive Board of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), which is taking place from 26 May-5 June 2009 at UN Headquarters in New York, US, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark called for developing a new deal of global solutions to tackle climate change and poverty reduction.

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