Mitigation

ICRAF Releases Paper on Tenure Insecurity in Indonesia [viewed]

May 2010: The World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) has released a working paper looking at land tenure issues and reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) in the Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership initiative in Indonesia.

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Event: UNITAR/WTI Course on Trade and Climate Change [viewed]

The course, organized by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the World Trade Institute (WTI), aims to explore key legal and economic issues arising from the climate change debate, including the relationship between the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement and multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) that address climate change, particularly regarding the legality of domestic and international trade measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It is designed for senior and middle level officials and professionals wishing to deepen their knowledge and understanding of international trade and climate change issues.  

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Oslo Meeting Reaches Agreement on Financing and Quick-Start Measures for REDD [viewed]

27 May 2010: Representatives of 50 countries met in Oslo, Norway, on 27 May 2010, to conclude an agreement on financing and a framework to rapidly operationalize measures for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). Countries also pledged almost US$4 billion to quick-start implementation between 2010-2012.

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Arctic Biodiversity Assessment Highlights Rapid Changes for Arctic Flora and Fauna [viewed]

27 May 2010: A new report synthesizing scientific findings on the status and trends for selected biodiversity in the Arctic indicates that unique Arctic habitats for flora and fauna, including sea ice, tundra, lakes and peatlands, have been disappearing over recent decades, and some characteristic Arctic species have shown a decline. Changes in Arctic biodiversity have global repercussions and are further creating challenges for people living in the Arctic.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Outlines Recent REDD+ Activities [viewed]

UNREDD Newsletter- 7th issue26 May 2010: The UN-REDD Programme has released its May 2010 Newsletter, which highlights many recent activities and publications on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conservation, sustainable forest management and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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UNECE and International Union of Railways Sign MoU [viewed]

26 May 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the International Union of Railways (UIC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 24 May 2010, in Prague, Czech Republic. The MoU aims to further strengthen the cooperation between UNECE and UIC in the pursuit of the integration and development of the European transport of goods and passengers by railways, with a view to developing sustainable transport and promoting environment and health friendly transport systems to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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European Commission Publishes Analysis of 30% Reduction Target [viewed]

26 May 2010: The European Commission has released an analysis of the costs, benefits and options for moving beyond the EU's 2020 greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction target from 20% to 30% below 1990 levels, once the conditions are met.

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ASEAN-EU Summit Discusses Energy and Climate Change Cooperation [viewed]

L-R: Mohamed Bolkiah & Miguel Moratinos26 May 2010: The 18th ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting, held in Madrid, Spain, on 26 May 2010, under the theme “Partners in Regional Integration,” addressed climate change and energy cooperation, among other issues.

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Second US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue Tackles Climate and Energy [viewed]

US Department of State25 May 2010: The Strategic Track under the framework of the Second Round of the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue addressed, inter alia, energy security and climate change, and produced 26 specific outcomes.

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World Bank Approves Indonesian Climate Change Project [viewed]

25 May 2010: The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors approved an International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) loan ofUS$200 million to support the Indonesian Government's policy agenda on climate change.

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