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UNFCCC Bonn Talks Conclude [viewed]

© Chair Zammit Cutajar gavels the meeting to a close8 April 2009: The fifth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 5) and the seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 7) concluded on 8 April 2009, in Bonn, Germany. Among other decisions, parties decided to convene two additional meetings in 2009 and they mandated the new AWG-KP Chair John Ashe (Antigua and Barbuda) to prepare a proposal for amendments to the Kyoto Protocol under Article 3.9 (Annex I further commitments) and a text on other issues, such as LULUCF and the flexibility mechanisms.

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Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol Considers Costs Associated with Climate Benefits [viewed]

© Multilateral Fund7 April 2009: The Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol held its 57th meeting in Montreal, Canada, from 30 March-3 April 2009. The Committee approved US$25.5 million for projects and activities to phase-out ozone depleting substances (ODS), including funds for the phase-out of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs).

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EBRD Funds Clean Energy Investments across Eastern Europe and the Balkans [viewed]

© EBRD31 March 2009: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is intensifying its lending for energy efficiency and clean energy projects, and has recently established two new facilities worth €110 million to finance investments by enterprises in the Western Balkans in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

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UN Secretary-General to IPU Assembly: Parliamentarians Play Crucial Role in Addressing Climate Change [viewed]

© IPU5 April 2009: In a message delivered to the 120th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), held from 5-10 April 2009, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on parliamentarians to help maintain the momentum to address climate change in face of the current economic crisis.

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UN Secretary-General Discusses Climate Change at CEB Meeting [viewed]

© CEB3 April 2009: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was in Paris, France, on 3 April 2009, for a two-day gathering of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB).

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World Bank Holds Energy Week [viewed]

© World Bank3 April 2009: The World Bank's “Energy Week 2009,” which convened from 31 March-2 April 2009, in Washington DC, US, focused on the theme “Energy, Development, and Climate Change.” During the week, energy and development policy-makers and practitioners analyzed several issues, including energy innovations for clean transport; securing a climate sensitive energy supply; integrating wind energy development; and scaling up energy efficiency for climate change mitigation.

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UN-DESA Policy Brief Identifies Elements for a Global Green New Deal [viewed]

March 2009: The Director of the Division for Sustainable Development of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), Tariq Banuri, has co-authored a UN-DESA Policy Brief titled “A Global Green New Deal for Sustainable Development.”

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Adaptation Fund Board Agrees on Operational Policies and Guidelines for Parties to Access Resources [viewed]

3 April 2009: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) convened for its fifth meeting from 24-27 March 2009, in Bonn, Germany, during which Jan Cedergren (Sweden) was elected Chair and Farrukh Iqbal Khan (Pakistan) was elected Vice-Chair. The Board also considered a number of issues to ensure that the Fund can start processing, and subsequently fund, adaptation projects and programmes.

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UN-HABITAT Governing Council Adopts Resolution on Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

Delegates stand to congratulate students of the Youth Empowerment Programme. L-R: Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP; Inga Bjork-Klevby , Deputy Executive Director, UN-HABITAT; Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director, UN-HABITAT; Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, Vice President, Kenya; Soita Shitanda, Minister for Housing, Kenya; Michael Werikhe, Minister of Lands, Housing, and Urban Development, Uganda; and Rolf Wichmann, Secretary, UN-HABITAT Governing Council.3 April 2009: The 22nd session of the Governing Council of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) was held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 30 March- 3 April 2009, and brought together close to 800 delegates from 104 countries, representing national governments, NGOs, and local governments and their associations. The Governing Council adopted a resolution on cities and climate change and requested the UN General Assembly to convene a third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development.

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UNDP Presents Results of Partnerships for Local Development and to Combat Climate Change [viewed]

© UNDP3 April 2009: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) presented the results of the ART Initiative, which was designed by a group of UN Agencies under UNDP's leadership (namely the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the UN Development Fund for Women, the World Health Organization and UNOPS) to promote the strategic and operational articulation among the development cooperation institutions and programmes in support of national policies and local dynamics of governance and local development.

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