Mitigation

New Chair of the CDM Executive Board Stresses Role of International Emissions Offsetting in Response to Climate Change [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat11 February 2009: The first meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board (EB) in 2009 is taking place in Bonn, Germany, from 11-13 February 2009. At the meeting, in assuming the Chair of the CDM EB, Lex de Jonge underlined the need to scale up and enhance the CDM to release its full potential, underlining that it stimulates investment in green growth in developing countries, engages the private sector in climate change action, and provides countries with some flexibility in meeting their emission reduction targets.

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ICAO Holds Workshop on Aviation and Alternative Fuels [viewed]

Workshop website11 February 2009: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is holding its first Workshop on Aviation and Alternative Fuels in Montreal, Canada, from 10-12 February 2009. The workshop aims to provide a forum to explore potential options, challenges to development and deployment of alternative fuels, as well as initiatives to promote cooperation in this field. The event is designed as a preparatory event to a major conference in November 2009 that will showcase progress and establish a road map for the implementation of alternative fuels for aviation.

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WMO Distributes Climate Research Report [viewed]

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11 February 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is distributing hard copies of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Accomplishment Report 2007-2008: Climate Research in Service to Society, which was completed in December 2008.

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IFAD Prepares for Governing Council Meeting Against Backdrop of Food, Fuel and Financial Crises and Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

12 February 2009: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is preparing for its 32rd Governing Council meeting, to be held from 18-19 February 2009, in Rome, Italy. The meeting will feature three roundtables on challenges for smallholder farmers focusing on: unpredictable markets and high price volatility; the risks and opportunities arising out of the growing demand for land; and research and innovation needs in the context of a rapidly changing climate. 

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UNEP's CN Net Announces New Members: Sporting Events [viewed]

 Sochi Olympics, 2010 FIFA World Cup & Norwegian Sport Events Rally Behind the Climate Neutral Call

11 February 2009: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Climate Neutral Network (CN Net) has added new participants, including the 2014 Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the FIFA 2010 World Cup, “Rally Norway,” the Norwegian Grand Prix and the Norwegian Golf Federation. These sporting events and organizations will work to neutralize their carbon footprint through greening of the events and offsetting of the remaining carbon emissions, including from travel.

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UN Secretary-General Reviews Travels, Confirms High-Level Meeting on Climate Change in September 2009 [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

10 February 2009: In a press conference given at UN Headquarters in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon provided an overview of his recent travels. He recalled that in Davos, Switzerland, at the World Economic Forum, he spoke on climate change and stressed the need for “global leadership of the highest order” to complete the negotiations in December in Copenhagen. He also mentioned that in Delhi, India, at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, he argued for “green growth” or a Green New Deal that stimulates economic growth and fights climate change by investing in renewable energy. He indicated that he would carry this theme forward at the upcoming G-20 summit meeting in London, UK, on 2 April.

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IEA Launches “Project Transitions” [viewed]

Project Transitions

10 February 2009: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has launched Project Transitions, a multi-stakeholder, multi-output research programme, to determine effective policy responses to the issue of the useful life of energy infrastructure and its related greenhouse gas emissions through micro-scale analysis from an investor's perspective.

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European Mayors Commit to Reduce their Emissions by 20% by 2020 [viewed]

10 February 2009: On 10 February 2009, during the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2009 (EUSEW 2009), which is taking place from 9-13 February 2009, approximately 400 city mayors signed the “Covenant of Mayors,” in which they committed to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by over 20% by 2020 through energy efficiency and renewable energy actions.

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UNDESA/DSD Capacity Development Workshop Discusses Challenges Concerning Agricultural Development and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

UNDESA/DSD Capacity Development Workshop Discusses Challenges Concerning Agricultural Development and Climate Change Adaptation

February 2009: The Capacity Development Workshop on Improving Agricultural Productivity, Water Use Efficiency and Strengthening Rural Livelihoods, took place from 28-30 January 2009, in Bangkok, Thailand. The event was organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), Division for Sustainable Development (DSD), in collaboration with the UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, and brought together representatives from governments, local authorities, UN Agencies and academia to share lessons learned and best practices in combating rural poverty. 

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UNEP Organizes “Trees4Love” Campaign [viewed]

 Thousands of people expected for tree planting in Nairobi

10 February 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has organized a tree planting ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya, on 14 February 2009.

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