Mitigation

FAO Highlights the Risks of Climate Change to Food Security in Report on “How to Feed the World in 2050” [viewed]

© FAO8 October 2009: A new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) details the investment required to ensure food security in 2050, noting both the impacts of climate change on agricultural production, as well as the mitigation potential of agriculture.

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Climate Change at the Centre of UN General Assembly's Second Committee General Debate [viewed]

© UN7 October 2009: During the final stages of the general debate of the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly, several countries underscored the links between climate change, poverty reduction and food security.

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UNWTO Assembly Discusses Tourism's Post-Economic Crisis Recovery and Response to Climate Change [viewed]

© UN7 October 2009: The 18th session of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly is convening in Astana, Kazakhstan, from 5-8 October 2009. The session aims to determine how the tourism industry can surmount the decline brought on by the economic crisis while responding to the twin challenges of climate change and poverty alleviation.

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UN Secretary-General Urges Investment in Green Energy at Opening of Global Renewable Energy Forum [viewed]

© Distinguished guests join Mexican President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa at the Inaugural Plenary Session of the Global Renewable Energy Forum in Leon, Guanajauto, Mexico, including: Georgina Kessel, Secretary of Energy, Mexico; Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO); Juan Manuel Oliva Ramírez, Governor, State of Guanajauto; Rajendrah K. Pachauri, Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and CEO, TERI, India; and Hélène Pelosse, Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).7 October 2009: In a message delivered to the 2009 Global Renewable Energy Forum, organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) along with the Government of Mexico, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged business leaders and governments to invest in green energy schemes that move economies away from carbon-intensive energy strategies.

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European and American Mayors Discuss Role of Local Authorities vis-à-vis Climate Change [viewed]

7 October 2009: Leaders of large municipalities in Europe and the US have highlighted the role of local and regional authorities in mitigating and adapting to climate change.

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Governors' Global Climate Summit Signs Declaration to Support National Climate Change Legislation and Greater Role for Local and State Governments [viewed]

© Governors' Global Climate Summit 22 October 2009: The Governors' Global Climate Summit 2, held from 30 September-2 October 2009, in Los Angeles, US, produced a declaration in which leaders present at the meeting committed to work together to pursue clean transportation and mobility, support national climate change legislation, and include forests in climate policy development.

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UNEP, UNESCO and FAO Collaborate on Blue Carbon Report Highlighting the Importance of Healthy Oceans [viewed]

© UNEP6 October 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in collaboration with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has compiled a report that illustrates how the ocean's carbon capture and storage systems (CCS) are being undermined by human activity, thereby harming their ability to “sequester” greenhouse gas emissions.

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Uganda Registers First African Forestry Project under CDM [viewed]

© WB6 October 2009: The first African reforestation project to be registered under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is being undertaken by Uganda's National Forestry Authority, in association with local community organizations.

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IEA Releases World Energy Outlook 2009 Excerpt for Climate Negotiations [viewed]

© IEA6 October 2009: At the behest of climate negotiators and policy makers involved in the UNFCCC negotiations leading up to the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference in December 2009, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has published an excerpt from its annual World Energy Outlook (WEO) in advance this year, to ensure that negotiators are equipped with up-to-date knowledge about the global energy sector.

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EU-Brazil Summit Prioritizes REDD [viewed]

6 October 2009: Leaders of the European Union (EU) and Brazil agreed to step up efforts towards the inclusion of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) in the outcome to be reached in Copenhagen and to establish an “effective and reliable means of support for REDD” under the climate change Convention.

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