Mitigation

Web-based Tool for Climate Prediction in Developing Countries to Contribute to WMO Activities [viewed]

Climate Information Tool Kit (CLIK)

12 March 2009: An online climate prediction service was recently launched by the Asia Pacific Economic Forum (APEC) Climate Center (APCC) in the Republic of Korea to help climate forecasters and researchers worldwide and to facilitate climate prediction in developing countries. APCC contributes to WMO activities and seasonal predictions, including regular updates on the state of El Niño/La Niña.

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ESCAP to Convene Committee on Disaster Reduction [viewed]

March 2009: The Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will convene the First Session of the Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction, from 25-27 March 2009, in Bangkok, Thailand. The workshop will include a high-level roundtable on regional cooperation for disaster risk reduction as well as sessions on: implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action in Asia and the Pacific; enhancing regional cooperation on disaster risk reduction in Asia and the Pacific; activities of ESCAP cooperative mechanisms on disaster risk reduction; and the strategic framework and proposed outputs for the proposed programme of work for 2010-2011.

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EBRD Publishes Green Investment Scheme Manual and Model Agreement [viewed]

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

March 2009: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), with financing from the Government of the Netherlands, has published a Green Investment Scheme (GIS) Manual and Model Agreement.

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FAO Launches State of the World's Forests 2009 Report [viewed]

Increased attention to “green development” could provide a new direction to the development of the forest sector.

16 March 2009: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched the State of the World's Forests 2009. The report was released on the first day of the 19th session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO), which is taking place from 16-20 March 2009, in Rome, Italy. The report notes that the economic crisis and climate change raise the profile of forest management on the global agenda, as demand for products and environmental services is expected to increase in the coming decades.

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Second Meeting of UNWTO's Tourism Resilience Committee Addresses Role of Tourism in the Green Economy [viewed]

UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

14 March 2009: The second meeting of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Tourism Resilience Committee (TRC) convened at the ITB Travel Trade Show on 13 March 2009, in Berlin, Germany.

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UNIDO to Support Production of Hydrogen-Fuelled Three-Wheel Vehicles in India [viewed]

UNIDO-ICHET sign Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) in New Delhi

13 March 2009: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has signed a memorandum of understanding with a consortium of partners to provide financial and technical support for the building and operation of a fleet of 15 hydrogen-fuelled three-wheel vehicles in New Delhi, India. The agreement was reached by UNIDO's International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies (ICHET), the UNIDO Regional Office for South Asia, and Indian partners, including: the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi; Mahindra and Mahindra; and Air Products.

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UN Expert Calls for Protection for Displaced People Worldwide at Human Rights Council Session [viewed]

Internally displaced persons in Somalia

13 March 2009: Speaking at the tenth session of the Human Rights Council, which is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 2-27 March 2009, Water Kalin, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), stated that over 26 million people are estimated to have been displaced by natural disasters and conflicts worldwide.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases New AWG-KP Document on Possible Improvements to Emission Trading and Project-Based Mechanisms [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat

12 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a document (FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/INF. 2) on a further elaboration by the Chair of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) of possible improvements to emission trading and the project-based mechanisms, namely the clean development mechanism (CDM) and joint implementation (JI) under the Kyoto Protocol.  

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Parties' Submissions on Consideration of the Scale of Emission Reductions to be Achieved by Annex I Parties [viewed]

12 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released submissions by parties on “Consideration of the scale of emission reductions to be achieved by Annex I Parties in aggregate, of the contribution of Annex I Parties individually or jointly, consistent with Article 4 of the Kyoto Protocol, to the scale of emission reductions to be achieved by Annex I Parties in aggregate, and of other relevant issues arising from the implementation of the work programme of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol as contained in document FCCC/KP/AWG/2008/8, paragraph 49 (c)” (FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/MISC.1).

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CDM Methodologies Panel Report and Annexes Released [viewed]

11 March 2009: The Panel on Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) baseline and monitoring methodologies (CDM Meth Panel) has released the report and annexes of its 37th meeting, which convened from 2-6 March 2009, in Bonn, Germany. The report outlines the issues considered by the Panel, including: proposed new methodologies; requests for clarification on and revision to approved methodologies; issues of general guidance and tools; and schedule of meetings and rounds of submissions of proposed new methodologies.

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