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UNECE Awards Major Contracts to Finance Energy Efficiency Investments for Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

Energy Efficiency 21 2 December 2008: During the annual session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), which took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 19-21 November 2008, its Committee on Sustainable Energy welcomed the announcement of the award of three contracts for work on energy efficiency.

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FAO Releases Report on Impact of Climate Change-Related Disasters on Food Security in Pacific Islands [viewed]

2 December 2008: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released a report entitled Climate Change and Food Security in Pacific Island Countries, jointly published with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme and the University of the South Pacific. The report warns that climate change-related disasters such as cyclones, flash floods and droughts have constrained development efforts in the Pacific islands and are likely to have a serious impact on their food production.

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UNEP Gathers Leaders to Shape UN Green Economy Initiative [viewed]

Global Green New Deal1 December 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has convened economists, academics and leaders of private and public institutions at an “International Workshop to take forward the Global Initiative on the Green Economy.” The workshop, which is meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, is considering the US$4 million UN Green Economy Initiative, which was launched on 22 October 2008, and seeks to respond to the global economic downturn by focusing policymakers on the promise of economic growth and job creation in environmental industries.

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CBD Organizing Workshop on NBSAPs, Mainstreaming of Biodiversity and the Integration of Climate Change [viewed]

1 December 2008: A capacity development workshop for the Pacific region on national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs), mainstreaming of biodiversity and the integration of climate change will be held from 2-6 February 2009, in Nadi, Fiji.

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IAEA to Launch Booklet on Climate Change and Nuclear Power [viewed]

IAEA Experts Brief Participants on Nuclear Power´s Role in Curbing Global Warming 1 December 2008: At a side event during the UN Climate Change Conference currently taking place in Poznan, Poland, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will launch a booklet entitled “Climate Change and Nuclear Power 2008,” which shows the climate change mitigation potential of nuclear power.

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ECLAC's Geothermal Energy Week Opens in Santiago [viewed]

Experts and Authorities to Analyze Opportunities for Developing Renewable Energy During Geothermal Energy Week 1 December 2008: The “Geothermal Energy Week,” which opened on 1 December 2008, is hosted by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Governments of Chile and Peru. The week will conclude on 5 December and include two main events: an international conference on the “Situation and perspectives for geothermal energy development in Latin America and the Caribbean,” to take place in Santiago, Chile; and a seminar on the potential for the development of geothermal energy in Peru, to be held in Lima, Peru.

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WMO International Polar Day to Focus on Research above the Polar Regions [viewed]

International Polar Day - Above The Poles

December 2008: The seventh quarterly International Polar Day, focusing on research above the Polar Regions, will be marked on 4 December 2008. The Day will include polar meteorology, atmospheric sciences, astronomy, and polar observations from space.

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UN Secretary-General: Fight Against Climate Change Part of the Solution to the Financial Crisis [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at development financing conference in Doha 29 November 2008: At the opening of the International Conference on Financing for Development to Review Implementation of the Monterrey Consensus, taking place in Doha, Qatar, from 29 November-2 December 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for “bold and effective efforts” to ensure that “today's emergency does not become tomorrow's human crisis.”

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UNDP Releases Bali Action Plan Briefing Documents [viewed]

28 November 2008: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), with financial support from the UN Foundation and the Governments of Norway, Finland and Switzerland, is providing assistance to 20 developing countries to strengthen national capacity to address climate change policy options under the UNFCCC, including investment assessment and financial flows for key sectors. As a major output of this initiative, UNDP has released Bali Action Plan Briefing documents, which are designed to provide policy makers with background information on the four Bali Action Plan building blocks – mitigation, adaptation, technology, and finance – and land use, land-use change and forestry.

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UNFCCC Adaptation Subprogramme Releases eUpdate on Nairobi Work Programme [viewed]

28 November 2008: The Adaptation subprogramme of the UNFCCC Secretariat has released its November 2008 issue of the Nairobi Work Programme eUpdate.

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