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UNESCO's “On the Frontlines of Climate Change” Forum Issues Call for Project Proposals [viewed]

© On the Frontlines of Climate Change1 May 2009: “On the Frontlines of Climate Change,” an Internet forum launched by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), has issued a call for project proposals. Funding, provided with the assistance of Denmark, will be dedicated to community-level projects showcasing local experiences with climate impacts and adaptation.

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UNCTAD Holds Expert Meeting on CDM Challenges and Opportunities [viewed]

© UNCTADMay 2009: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) held an expert meeting on the “Trade and Investment Opportunities and Challenges Under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)” in Geneva, Switzerland, from 27-29 April 2009. The event included presentations by academics, research institutions and country experts who explored ways to facilitate participation from developing countries and least developed countries in the CDM, and provided examples of how to overcome existing obstacles to greater CDM investment flows.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Posts Party Submissions [viewed]

© UNFCCC28 April 2009: The UNFCC Secretariat has received a number of submissions from parties, dating from 7 April, on negotiating text for consideration at the sixth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the UNFCCC (AWG-LCA 6), which will convene from 1-12 June 2009, in Bonn, Germany, in conjunction with the 30th session of the UNFCCC subsidiary bodies and the eighth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 8).

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UN Secretary-General Launches “Seal the Deal!” Campaign [viewed]

© UN29 April 2009: While in Brussels, Belgium, on 23 April 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched a worldwide climate change campaign under the slogan “Seal the Deal!”

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UN Secretary-General Stresses Importance of Climate Issues in Finding Aral Sea Solutions [viewed]

© UN28 April 2009: In a message delivered by Miroslav Jenca, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the summit of member States of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea, which took place in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on 28 April 2009. Noting that the Aral Sea has shrunk by 70% in recent decades, he stated that climate variability poses a further challenge in this region where water resources are particularly vulnerable.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Addresses Informal Ministerial Meeting [viewed]

26 April 2009: Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, addressed an informal gathering of Ministers of Finance and Development in Washington, DC, US. On the climate change talks in Copenhagen, he said that “policy clarity will provide the necessary impetus for up-coming investments to be directed into environmentally sound technologies, rather than infrastructure that will soon be obsolete.”

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ECOSOC, Bretton Woods Institutions, UNCTAD and WTO Discuss Green New Deal [viewed]

© UN27 April 2009: The annual High-Level Meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with the Bretton Woods Institutions, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) addressed the global economic crisis and perspectives for UN responses.

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G8 Environment Ministers Forward Conclusions to G8 Summit [viewed]

© G8 Summit 200924 April 2009: In the framework of the G8 Italian Presidency, the G8 Environment Ministerial Meeting convened on 22-24 April 2009, in Siracusa, Italy. The meeting was attended by the G8 Environment Ministers and the European Commission, as well as Environment Ministers and senior officials from Brazil, China, India, Mexico, South Africa, Australia, Egypt, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, the Czech Republic on behalf of the European Union (EU), Sweden as the next President of the EU, and Denmark as host of the December 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Conference.

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UNCTAD Releases Paper on Developing Country Interest on Climate Change Action and the Post-2012 Climate Change Regime [viewed]

© UNCTADApril 2009: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has released a paper titled “Developing Country Interests in Climate Change Action and the Implications for a Post-2012 Climate Change Regime,” authored by Aaron Cosbey, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).

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Event: UNFCCC COP 18 [viewed]

The 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the eighth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 8), among other associated meetings, are scheduled to take place in Doha, Qatar.  

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