Mitigation

WMO and UNDP to Strengthen Southeast Europe's Regional Capacity to Reduce Disaster Risk [viewed]

6 July 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have announced that they will work together to support southeast European countries to build up their national and regional capacities to collect and share meteorological data in order to develop better warning systems, in line with European Union (EU) standards.

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UNDP Supports Latin America's First Water-Powered Bus [viewed]

© UNDP6 July 2009: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), through the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Brazilian Mines and Energy Ministry and the city of São Paulo's Urban Transportation Company, has introduced the first hydrogen-powered bus in São Paulo, one of the world's largest cities. The bus is fueled by water and exudes clean vapor instead of fumes.

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UNCCD Publishes “UNCCD News” [viewed]

6 July 2009: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has published the first issue of a new bi-monthly “UNCCD News” newsletter. In the first issue, UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja highlights that “Land is becoming a central element of the world's efforts to cope with climate change and promote sustainable development.”

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UNFCCC Secretariat Publishes GHG Synthesis and Assessment Report [viewed]

© UNFCCC3 July 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a note (FCCC/WEB/SAI/2009 3) on the synthesis and assessment report on the greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories submitted in 2009. The purposes of the synthesis and assessment are to facilitate the consideration of inventory data and other information across parties, and to identify issues for further consideration during the reviews of individual inventories.

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CDM Methodologies Panel and SSC Working Group Reports Released [viewed]

2 July 2009: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has released the reports from the 39th meeting of its Methodologies Panel and the 21st meeting of the Small Scale Working Group (SSC WG).

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UNFCCC Releases AWG-KP Documents [viewed]

2 July 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a note by the Chair (FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/10) on documentation to facilitate negotiations among parties during the ninth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 9), which will take place from 28 September - 9 October 2009, in Bangkok, Thailand, and for the resumed ninth session to be held in Barcelona, Spain, from 2-6 November 2009.

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UNFCCC Releases Overview Schedule for August Meetings [viewed]

30 June 2009: In preparation for the intersessional informal consultations of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) and the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA), which will convene from 10-14 August 2009, in Bonn, Germany, the UNFCCC Secretariat has released the overview schedule for the meetings.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Receives Second National Communications [viewed]

© UNFCCCJune 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has received second national communications from Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic in accordance with their obligations under the UNFCCC.

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Event: Drafting Committee Meeting for the Report of the Second Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

The Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on biodiversity and climate change was established in response to decision IX/16 of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to provide biodiversity-relevant information to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) through the provision of scientific and technical advice and assessment on the integration of the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity into climate change mitigation and adaptation activities. Findings from the AHTEG's first (17-21 November 2008, London, UK) and second (18-22 April 2009, Helsinki, Finland) meetings were compiled into a draft report, which was subject to a peer review process. The drafting committee meeting is expected to finalize the AHTEG's report to be submitted to the UNFCCC.  

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IPCC Posts Chair's Vision Paper for Scoping Meeting [viewed]

© IPCC6 July 2009: The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has posted a number of documents in preparation for the Scoping Meeting for the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), which will convene in Venice, Italy, from 13-17 July 2009.

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