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FAO Releases Forests and Climate Change Video [viewed]

Forests and climate change: A convenient truth

19 January 2009: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UK Forestry Commission have produced a 17-minute video on “Forests and Climate Change: a Convenient Truth.” The video shows how forests can contribute to the mitigation of climate change, stressing the importance of reversing forest loss.

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UNECE and FAO Launch Indicators Database for Sustainable Management of European Forests [viewed]

New interactive database on indicators of sustainable forest management in Europe

19 January: The Timber and Forestry programme of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have released a new web-based resource tool to enable researchers, policymakers, practitioners and the general public to access data on Europe's forests. The database includes information on the balance of carbon in forest ecosystems, forest health condition, status of forest biodiversity, aspects of production, protected forest areas, as well as social and economic aspects of the forestry sector.

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UN World Economic Outlook 2009 Report Launched in UN Regions [viewed]

World Economic Outlook 2009 Report

15 January 2009: The UN has regionally launched its World Economic Situation and Prospects 2009 Report, a joint product of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the UN Conference on Trade and Development, and the five UN regional commissions.

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UNEP/CMS Climate-related Project Unveiled during Year of the Gorilla Ice-Skating Event [viewed]

 Projects to Save Africa's Rarest Ape Unveiled by UN and Wildlife Groups

15 January 2009: Three projects aimed at countering the gorilla's slide towards extinction were spotlighted as the international Year of the Gorilla (YoG) 2009 got underway with a “Gorillas on Thin Ice” event. The projects, which were drawn up by the UN Environment Programme Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (UNEP/CMS), seek to boost the prospects for the Cross River Gorilla, which is Africa's rarest ape.

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World Bank Signs ERPA for the Philippines' Roxol Ethanol Plant [viewed]

World Bank

14 January 2009: Bert Hofman, Country Director, World Bank Philippine Country Office, has signed the Emission Reductions Purchase Agreement (ERPA) for the Roxol Ethanol Plant Wastewater Treatment and Methane Gas Recovery Project under the World Bank-managed Community Development Carbon Fund Facility.

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ADB Paper Recommends Steps to Achieve Environmentally Sustainable Transport in China [viewed]

Climate Change and Transport: Promoting Environmentally Sustainable Transport in the People's Republic of China

January 2009: A new paper, authored by Manmohan Parkash and published by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), entitled “Climate Change and Transport: Promoting Environmentally Sustainable Transport in the People's Republic of China,” evaluates the state of China's transport sector in light of volatile fuel prices and increasing greenhouse emissions.

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UN Secretary-General: Climate Change is the “One True Existential Threat to Our Planet” [viewed]

UN Press Release

12 January 2009: In his first press conference of the year, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that 2009 is “the year of climate change.” He stressed that the climate change summit in Copenhagen is only 11 months away and indicated that he would engage world leaders on the key issues in the negotiations, beginning later this month at the World Economic Forum in Davos and working toward a high-level meeting on the margins of the general debate in September.

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UNCTAD Organizing Expert Meeting on Maritime Transport and Climate Change [viewed]

UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

January 2009: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is organizing an expert meeting on “Maritime transport and the climate change challenge.” The meeting, which will convene from 16-18 February 2009, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, aims to help identify relevant policy actions for climate change mitigation and adaptation in maritime transport, while furthering other objectives such as transport efficiency, trade facilitation, trade competitiveness and sustainable development.

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IPCC Co-Organizes Workshop on Learning from the Fourth Assessment [viewed]

January 2009: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is co-organizing the international workshop “Future Climate Change Response Research: Learning from IPCC's Fourth Assessment,” which will be held from 21-23 January 2009, at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The event is organized jointly with the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP).

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WMO: Despite Cold Winter in Europe, the Major Trend is Warming [viewed]

Global warming continues, despite cold snap 9 January 2009: The Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Michel Jarraud, told journalists that, despite the current cold winter in Europe, the major trend remains one of warming.

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