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COP 15 Chair Briefs the Press on Prospects for Reaching a Global Agreement [viewed]

6 May 2009: In a press conference held at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on prospects for reaching a new global climate change agreement, Connie Hedegaard, Minister for Climate and Energy of Denmark, explained that she aimed to engage in dialogue with Heads of mission at the UN and with the UN Secretary-General on the importance of tackling the “crunch issues” of climate change, namely financing for adaptation and mitigation strategies.

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EU and Canadian Leaders Address Climate Change, the Environment and Energy Security [viewed]

© EU6 May 2009: The leaders of the EU and Canada met in Prague, Czech Republic, on 6 May 2009, for their regular summit and adopted a declaration reiterating that their priority areas include climate change and the environment, and energy security and sustainability. In the declaration, the EU and Canadian leaders expressed their commitment to continue their cooperation in the context of their High-Level Dialogue on Energy, highlighting carbon capture and storage (CCS), bioenergy, and distributed generation and smart electricity networks as priority collaboration areas.

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UNFCCC Posts US Submission to AWG-LCA 6 [viewed]

© UNFCCC5 May 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the US Input to the Negotiating Text for Consideration at the Sixth Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 6), in which it supports a Copenhagen agreed outcome that “reflects both common and differentiated elements, is pragmatic, and recognizes the diversity of countries' circumstances and opportunities,” and expresses its commitment to reaching a strong international agreement in Copenhagen. The submission contains sections on mitigation, adaptation, technology and financing.

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IDB and FONTAGRO to Fund Climate Change Impact Studies [viewed]

© IDB5 May 2009: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Regional Fund for Agricultural Technology (FONTAGRO) have announced that they will fund three projects on adapting regional productive systems to climate change.

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GEF Small Grants Programme Launched [viewed]

© GEF5 May 2009: The Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Small Grants Programme was launched in Zambia on 24 April 2009, at one of the projects that benefited from the funding.

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ADB Names Eminent Climate Change Advisors, Releases Sustainability Report [viewed]

© ADB4 May 2009: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has established an Advisory Group of seven eminent persons to advise the Bank on how to strengthen its programmes to meet the global challenge of climate change. The Advisory Group on Climate Change and Sustainable Development will help ADB management consider ways to assist ADB's developing member countries move their economies onto low-carbon development paths and address the social impacts of climate change.

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UN Department of Public Information Focused on MDGs and Climate Change [viewed]

© UN4 May 2009: The UN Committee on Information is holding its 31st session from 4-15 May 2009, in New York, US. Opening the meeting, Amb. Antonio Lima (Cape Verde) noted that the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) is now better equipped, more focused and technologically better prepared to spread the message about the work carried out by the Organization.

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ILO, WHO, UNIFEM and FAO Make Joint Submission to AWG-LCA [viewed]

April 2009: The International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) have submitted suggestions in the framework of the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long Term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA) related to development and social issues, in particular on employment and incomes, food and agriculture, gender equality, health and development.

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GEF STAP Addresses GEF'S Role in REDD [viewed]

© GEFMay 2009: The Global Environment Facility's Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (GEF-STAP) met in Rome, Italy, from 28-30 April 2009, to review GEF implementation science and the emerging strategies for the fifth GEF Replenishment (GEF-5).

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Proposed Programme Budget for 2010-2011 [viewed]

© UNFCCC30 April 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the programme budget for the biennium 2010–2011 (FCCC/SBI/2009/2), proposed by the Executive Secretary for consideration by the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) at its 30th session, adoption by the Conference of the Parties at its 15th session and endorsement by the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol at its fifth session.

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