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Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Visits Amerindian Communities in Guyana to Discuss REDD [viewed]

© World Bank13 October 2009: Government, civil society and donor representatives met with 16 Amerindian communities in Guyana on a multi-stakeholder visit requested by the Global Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Participants Committee, to approve a preparation grant for Guyana aimed at financing the REDD design phase.

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UNGA Second Committee Panel Discusses Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

© UN13 October 2009: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) Second Committee participated in a panel discussion focused on “Climate Change Negotiations: Road to Copenhagen,” on 13 October.

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GEF SGP Funds Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

© GEF13 October 2009: The Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) scheme, an initiative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) funded by the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP), provides technical support to communities who want to understand what climate change is and how they could potentially deal with it.

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African Leaders Define a Green Pact for Africa at Forum on Sustainable Development [viewed]

© World Forum on Sustainable Development11 October 2009: The World Forum on Sustainable Development, which convened from 9-11 October 2009, in Ouagadougou, under the theme “Climate Change: What Opportunities for Sustainable Development?” was organized by the Government of Burkina Faso in partnership with the UN, including the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the African Union (AU).

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IDB Funds Second-Generation Biofuels in Chile [viewed]

© IDB6 October 2009: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will fund a feasibility study in Chile to explore sustainable biodiesel derived from forest industry byproducts and wood waste, which do not compete with food production.

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UNFCCC Bangkok Talks End with Little Progress on Finance and Mitigation [viewed]

© ENB9 October 2009: The first part of the seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (AWG-LCA 7) and the first part of the ninth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 9) took place from 28 September-9 October 2009, in Bangkok, Thailand.

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UN Secretary-General Urges Investment in Green Energy at Opening of Global Renewable Energy Forum [viewed]

© Distinguished guests join Mexican President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa at the Inaugural Plenary Session of the Global Renewable Energy Forum in Leon, Guanajauto, Mexico, including: Georgina Kessel, Secretary of Energy, Mexico; Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO); Juan Manuel Oliva Ramírez, Governor, State of Guanajauto; Rajendrah K. Pachauri, Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and CEO, TERI, India; and Hélène Pelosse, Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).7 October 2009: In a message delivered to the 2009 Global Renewable Energy Forum, organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) along with the Government of Mexico, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged business leaders and governments to invest in green energy schemes that move economies away from carbon-intensive energy strategies.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Addresses World Bank Bali Dialogue [viewed]

© UNFCCC5 October 2009: Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, addressed the World Bank Bali Dialogue in Istanbul, Turkey, on 5 October.

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UN Secretary-General Hopeful Ahead of Final Leg of Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

© UN3 October 2009: Speaking at Copenhagen University, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that “tackling climate change can set us on the road to peace and prosperity for all.”

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UNCCD COP 9 Identifies Indicators for Monitoring and Assessing the Extent of Desertification, Drought and Land Degradation [viewed]

© ENB3 October 2009: Among the 36 decisions adopted before the final gavel came down at 7:50 am on Saturday, 3 October, at the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 9) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), was a decision that identifies two indicators – the proportion of the population in affected areas living above the poverty line and land cover status – as the minimum subset of impact indicators required for reporting by affected countries beginning in 2012, along with additional, optional impact indicators.

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