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UNEP GC25/GMEF Takes Decisions on Climate, International Environmental Governance and Mercury [viewed]

25th Session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum

23 February 2009: Delegates to the 25th Session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC25/GMEF), which met from 16-20 February 2009, in Nairobi, Kenya, took 17 decisions including on international environmental governance, a significantly increased UNEP budget, support to Africa on climate change, and mercury. In the decision on support to Africa, the GC requests the UNEP Executive Director to work with the UN Economic Commission for Africa to provide technical support to the African Climate Policy Centre once established, and to promote the mainstreaming of climate change into social and economic development processes. On coordination within the UN, the GC welcomes the Executive Director's efforts as chair of the UN Environment Management Group, including in promoting the UN's commitment in moving towards climate neutrality. In addition, the GC approved funding to support climate change activities.

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IPCC Posts Documents for its 30th Session [viewed]

23 February 2009: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Secretariat has posted documents in preparation for its 30th session, which will take place from 21-23 April 2009, in Antalya, Turkey. The meeting will focus on the future of the IPCC, in particular the scoping of the Fifth Assessment Report.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Provisional Annotated Agenda for AWG-LCA5 [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat

February 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the provisional annotated agenda for the fifth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA5), which will take place from 29 March-8 April 2009, in Bonn, Germany (FCCC/AWGLCA/2009/1).

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Documents for AWG-KP7 [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat

18 February 2009: In preparation for the seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP7), scheduled to take place from 29 March-8 April 2009, in Bonn, Germany, the UNFCCC Secretariat has released the provisional agenda and annotations for the meeting (FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/1).

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UNCTAD Meeting Addresses Maritime Transport and the Climate Change Challenge [viewed]

Maritime Transport and the Climate Change Challenge

19 February 2009: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) organized a meeting entitled “Maritime Transport and the Climate Change Challenge,” from 16-18 February 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland. Experts attending the gathering underlined that, although seaborne vessels' engines currently contribute between 1.6% and 4.1% of global carbon dioxide emissions, these may triple by 2050, and called for steps to limit the climate-change impact of maritime transport.

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UN Secretary-General: Progress in Disarmament Could Free Up Resources to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters

18 February 2009: In an address to the UN Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters, which is holding its 51st session from 18-20 February 2009, in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that progress towards disarmament would free up resources to meet other challenges.

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IPCC Sets Dates for Fifth Assessment Scoping Meeting [viewed]

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

17 February 2009: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Secretariat is organizing a scoping meeting for its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) from 13-17 July 2009, in Venice, Italy.

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UN Secretary-General and Al Gore Call for Launching a New Green Global Economy [viewed]

17 February 2009: In an op-ed published in the Financial Times, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and former US Vice-President Al Gore call for using the economic stimulus that is needed to tackle the global economic crisis to launch a new green global economy.

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EBRD's Annual Meeting to Address Energy Efficiency and Climate Change [viewed]

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

February: Under the heading “Opportunities in a tougher climate,” the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will hold its annual meeting and business forum from 15-16 May 2009, in London, UK. During the meeting, a discussion panel will consider “Energy Efficiency and Climate Change: A Source of Economic Growth and Competitiveness.”

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High-Level Officials Call for a Green Global Economy at UNEP Governing Council's Opening [viewed]

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17 February 2009: At the opening of the 25th Session of the Governing Council of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which will run from 16-20 February 2009, at UN headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya called on world leaders to support a “Green New Deal” to address climate change and revitalize the global economy.

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