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UNEP Governing Council to Take Stock of Movement Toward Climate Neutrality [viewed]

 Making the climate neutral case during UNEP's Governing Council

February 2009: A roundtable discussion on “Towards a Low-carbon future: Making the climate neutral case to the public” will convene 18 February, during the 25th session of the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF-25), which is convening in Nairobi, Kenya, from 16 - 20 February 2009.

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GEF Co-Organizes Conference on Renewable Energy in Emerging Markets [viewed]

13feb09-reem09-tn0February 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is co-organizing a conference on “Implementation of Renewable Energy in the Emerging Markets of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean 2009 (REEM09),” which is scheduled to take place from 27-29 April 2009, in San Francisco, US.

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WMO World Climate Conference to Establish a Framework on Climate Services [viewed]

13feb0-WCC3_girl_planet_small-tnFebruary 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) World Climate Conference-3 (WCC3), titled “Climate prediction and information for decision-making,” will take place from 31 August – 4 September 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland. The event will focus on services that enable decision-makers to better manage the climate opportunities and risks associated with extreme climate conditions and allow communities to improve their ability to adapt to long-term climate change.

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UNFCCC Posts Documents to REDD-Web Platform [viewed]

13feb09-cover0-tn11 February 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has added new documents to its information-sharing web platform related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), which was created in response to UNFCCC Decision 2/CP.13 (Reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries: approaches to stimulate action). The new documents include information on remote sensing submitted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Global Forest Resources assessment (FRA 2010).

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ICAO Holds Workshop on Aviation and Alternative Fuels [viewed]

Workshop website11 February 2009: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is holding its first Workshop on Aviation and Alternative Fuels in Montreal, Canada, from 10-12 February 2009. The workshop aims to provide a forum to explore potential options, challenges to development and deployment of alternative fuels, as well as initiatives to promote cooperation in this field. The event is designed as a preparatory event to a major conference in November 2009 that will showcase progress and establish a road map for the implementation of alternative fuels for aviation.

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WMO Distributes Climate Research Report [viewed]

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11 February 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is distributing hard copies of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Accomplishment Report 2007-2008: Climate Research in Service to Society, which was completed in December 2008.

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IFAD Prepares for Governing Council Meeting Against Backdrop of Food, Fuel and Financial Crises and Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

12 February 2009: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is preparing for its 32rd Governing Council meeting, to be held from 18-19 February 2009, in Rome, Italy. The meeting will feature three roundtables on challenges for smallholder farmers focusing on: unpredictable markets and high price volatility; the risks and opportunities arising out of the growing demand for land; and research and innovation needs in the context of a rapidly changing climate. 

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UNEP's CN Net Announces New Members: Sporting Events [viewed]

 Sochi Olympics, 2010 FIFA World Cup & Norwegian Sport Events Rally Behind the Climate Neutral Call

11 February 2009: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Climate Neutral Network (CN Net) has added new participants, including the 2014 Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the FIFA 2010 World Cup, “Rally Norway,” the Norwegian Grand Prix and the Norwegian Golf Federation. These sporting events and organizations will work to neutralize their carbon footprint through greening of the events and offsetting of the remaining carbon emissions, including from travel.

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UN Secretary-General Reviews Travels, Confirms High-Level Meeting on Climate Change in September 2009 [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

10 February 2009: In a press conference given at UN Headquarters in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon provided an overview of his recent travels. He recalled that in Davos, Switzerland, at the World Economic Forum, he spoke on climate change and stressed the need for “global leadership of the highest order” to complete the negotiations in December in Copenhagen. He also mentioned that in Delhi, India, at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, he argued for “green growth” or a Green New Deal that stimulates economic growth and fights climate change by investing in renewable energy. He indicated that he would carry this theme forward at the upcoming G-20 summit meeting in London, UK, on 2 April.

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UNDESA/DSD Capacity Development Workshop Discusses Challenges Concerning Agricultural Development and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

UNDESA/DSD Capacity Development Workshop Discusses Challenges Concerning Agricultural Development and Climate Change Adaptation

February 2009: The Capacity Development Workshop on Improving Agricultural Productivity, Water Use Efficiency and Strengthening Rural Livelihoods, took place from 28-30 January 2009, in Bangkok, Thailand. The event was organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), Division for Sustainable Development (DSD), in collaboration with the UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, and brought together representatives from governments, local authorities, UN Agencies and academia to share lessons learned and best practices in combating rural poverty. 

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