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UNCTAD and UNDP Publish CDM Guide in Brazil [viewed]

© UNDP23 July 2009: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) presented a revised and expanded version of the Guide to the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in Brazil, a guide commissioned by Brazil's Ministry of Science and Technology and drawn up under the sponsorship of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

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ECOSOC Addresses Resource and Humanitarian Assistance Implications of Climate Change [viewed]

© COPYRIGHTFOTO23 July 2009: Speakers at the General Segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), on 23 July 2009, noted that climate change presents an additional global challenge “for which extraordinary resources are needed,” and that the financial architecture dealing with climate change should be efficient, effective and equitable.

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ESCWA's Third Technical Committee Focuses on Climate Change and Its Repercussions [viewed]

© ESCWA22 July 2009: The Third Technical Committee of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA) opened in Beirut, Lebanon, on 21 July 2009, and focused on the financial crisis, food security, climate change and other issues.

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UN-HABITAT Executive Director Signs the “Seal the Deal” Petition [viewed]

© UN22 July 2009: Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, has signed the “Seal the Deal” climate change petition, which calls on world leaders to negotiate a fair, balanced and effective agreement at the upcoming 15th session of the Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC in Copenhagen in December 2009.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Parties' Submissions for AWG-KP 9 [viewed]

© UNFCCC17 July 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released three submissions by parties containing further views and proposals relating to amendments to the Kyoto Protocol pursuant to its Article 3, paragraph 9, and a text on other issues outlined in document FCCC/KP/AWG/2008/8.

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Voting on Civil Society Observer Seats for World Bank CIF Committees Underway [viewed]

© World Bank 21 July 2009: Voting is now open for the selection of candidates to serve as civil society observers for the following World Bank Climate Investment Fund committees: the Clean Technology Fund, the Strategic Climate Fund, and the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience.

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UN Secretary-General to Focus on Climate Change During Trip to China and Mongolia [viewed]

20 July 2009: The UN Secretary-General is scheduled to travel to China on 24 July 2009, where he will meet with Chinese President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and other Chinese officials in Beijing, and participate in a number of climate change-related programmes, including a “Green Light” event focusing on energy efficient technologies.

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IPCC Chair at UN Press Conference: G8 Leaders Did Not Take IPCC Recommendations into Account [viewed]

© IPCC20 July 2009: During a press conference held at UN Headquarters in New York, US, Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said he was encouraged by the climate pledges made by G8 leaders at their recent meeting in L'Aquila, Italy, but expressed his concern that their general commitments fell short of what was required by science.

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GEF Replenishment Meeting Addresses Climate Change Programming Strategy [viewed]

© GEF16 July 2009: The Global Environment Facility's (GEF) second meeting for the fifth replenishment of resources (GEF 5) addressed several issues that will guide GEF 5, including a strategy to enhance engagement with the private sector, a corporate programmes strategy, and a results-based management framework.

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Press Conference on Climate Talks at G8 Summit Held at UN Headquarters [viewed]

15 July 2009: At a press conference on the results of the recent meeting of the Group of Eight (G8) and the Major Economies Forum (MEF), which took place in Italy, Janos Pasztor, Director of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team, underscored that countries still had some “formidable differences” to bridge in order to “seal a deal” in Copenhagen in December. Among the key outcomes of these meetings, he referred to: the two degrees Celsius target endorsed by the leaders attending; the agreement to establish a global partnership to drive transformational low-carbon, climate-friendly technologies; the promise to increase dramatically the necessary investments in research and development; and the consideration of establishing a “Green Fund.”

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