The largest ever youth gathering on climate change, the TUNZA International Youth Conference, convened in Daejeon, Republic of Korea, from 17-23 August 2009.

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UN Secretary-General Celebrates Vienna International Centre Anniversary with Call to “Seal the Deal” [viewed]

28 August 2009: The UN Secretary-General's remarks on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Vienna International Centre emphasized its historical contribution and the fact that it will continue to be a hub for addressing human security issues at the heart of Europe. He noted that the premises inaugurated last year possess state-of-the-art technology, which are greener and allow for the use of natural light, promoting a cleaner UN.

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French GEF to Support UNIDO African Chiller Replacement Project [viewed]

© UNIDO28 July 2009: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has signed an agreement with the French Global Environment Facility (FFEM), under which the FFEM will co-finance UNIDO's African Chiller Replacement Project.

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GEF Approves US$61.1 Million Work Programme for Climate Change [viewed]

26 June 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, which met from 22-24 June 2009, in Washington DC, US, approved a work programme including 20 projects within the climate change focal area, mostly related to energy efficiency, assigning US$61.1 million in GEF grants in 23 countries.

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UNIDO Energy Conference Urges Shift to Low-Carbon Green Industries [viewed]

© UNIDO26 June 2009: The International Energy Conference 2009, held in Vienna, Austria, from 22-24 June 2009, concluded with a call for a shift to low-carbon green industries, as well as increased energy investment.

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UN Secretary-General Launches UN Energy and Climate Change Advisory Group [viewed]

© UN17 June 2009: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched a high-level Energy and Climate Change Advisory Group, which will bring together business leaders, experts and energy practitioners to advise him on climate change and energy challenges.

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UN Celebrates World Environment Day [viewed]

© UN5 June 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) celebrated World Environment Day on 5 June 2009, under the theme “Your Planet Needs You-UNite to Combat Climate Change.”

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UNIDO to Support Production of Hydrogen-Fuelled Three-Wheel Vehicles in India [viewed]

UNIDO-ICHET sign Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) in New Delhi

13 March 2009: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has signed a memorandum of understanding with a consortium of partners to provide financial and technical support for the building and operation of a fleet of 15 hydrogen-fuelled three-wheel vehicles in New Delhi, India. The agreement was reached by UNIDO's International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies (ICHET), the UNIDO Regional Office for South Asia, and Indian partners, including: the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi; Mahindra and Mahindra; and Air Products.

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New UNIDO Report Addresses Climate Change, Industrialization and the Bottom Billion [viewed]

Breaking in and moving up: New industrial challenges for the bottom billion and the middle-income countries

23 February 2009: The UN Industrial Development Organization has launched its annual Industrial Development Report, titled “Breaking in and moving up: New industrial challenges for the bottom billion and the middle-income countries.” Although climate change is not the main focus of report, reference is made to how countries can help address the environmental consequences of industrial growth.

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UNIDO and EurAsEC to Cooperate on Climate Change, Energy and the Environment [viewed]

UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

23 January 2009: Kandeh Yumkella, UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Director-General, and Tair Mansurov, Secretary-General of the Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC), have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) between the two organizations, at UNIDO headquarters in Vienna, Austria. The MoC provides new cooperation prospects between UNIDO and EurAsEC countries in areas such as: energy and climate change; the environment, including water management; agro-industries; trade capacity building and private sector development.

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