Mitigation

UNISDR Releases ISDR-Highlights January Issue [viewed]

UNISDR Releases ISDR-Highlights January Issue

31 January 2009: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) has released the January 2009 issue of its newsletter, ISDR-Highlights.

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ADB Funds Energy Efficiency Lighting in the Philippines [viewed]

ADB to Help Philippines Save $100 Million Yearly Fuel Cost by Using Energy-Efficient Lights

2 February 2009: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved a US$31.1 million loan for an energy-efficiency project in the Philippines that will provide 13 million energy-saving compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) to homeowners and businesses as part of a government push to save about US$100 million every year in fuel costs, and a deferral of an investment of US$450 million in power generation and associated network capacity. 

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World Bank Reports on CDM Wind Power Project in the Philippines [viewed]

The World Bank's carbon finance program provides clean electricity to poor communities and helps reduce emission of harmful greenhouse gases that cause climate change. It has also catalyzed the emergence of the carbon market that is transforming renewable energy financing in the Philippines.

2 February 2009: The World Bank has reported the success of a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) wind-power project in Bangui Bay, where the Bank's carbon finance programme is funding a wind farm with a 33 MW capacity and the possibility to provide half the province's power needs.

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UN Secretary-General Emphasizes Africa's Active Participation in Climate Negotiations [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

2 February 2009: In an address to the Summit of the African Union (AU) taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that his consistent message to the developed world is not to lose sight of the most vulnerable while addressing the financial crisis, and to maintain their commitment to fight climate change. 

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FAO to Host World Forest Week [viewed]

UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

February 2009: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is organizing World Forest Week, “Forests in a changing world,” from 16-20 March 2009, in Rome, Italy, in conjunction with the 2009 meeting of the FAO's Committee on Forestry (COFO).

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World Forestry Congress to Address Forests in Development [viewed]

The World Forestry Congress 2009

February 2009: The 13th World Forestry Congress will address the theme “Forests in Development – A Vital Balance.” Organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and institutions from various sectors of Argentina, the Congress provides an opportunity to present an overview of the state of forests and forestry around the world, to discern trends, adapt policies and raise awareness among policy makers, the public and other stakeholders. The 13th Congress will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 18-25 October 2009, and presentations will address themes including: forests and biodiversity; development opportunities; forests in the service of people, including forests and climate change; organizing forest development; and people and forests in harmony. 

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UNECE Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane Provides Guidance for Coal Mine Methane Projects [viewed]

UNECE Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane

2 February 2009: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released a document providing guidance on concerns raised in the carbon credit market about reliable carbon credit supplies from Coal Mine Methane (CMM) projects worldwide.

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Scientists at UNESCO Forum Call for Action to Halt Rising Acidity in World's Oceans [viewed]

Marine scientists warn that coral reefs are in danger from climate changes and ocean acidification. Most ocean regions could become inhospitable to coral reefs by 2050 if atmospheric CO2 levels continue to increase, they say. (Photo : JoAnne Ford/IAEA)

2 February 2009: Over 150 leading marine scientists from 26 countries are calling for immediate action by government leaders worldwide to sharply reduce carbon dioxide emissions so as to avoid widespread and severe damage to marine ecosystems from ocean acidification. The call was made with the release of the Monaco Declaration on Ocean Acidification, which was developed by participants attending a UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) symposium on “The Ocean in a High-CO2 World,” from 6-9 October 2008, in Monaco.

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UNFCCC Executive-Secretary and UNEP Executive Director Call for Broad Agreement in Copenhagen [viewed]

 Davos Climate Focus: Ban Urges Leaders to Think Green & Steiner Promotes Design for Good

30 January 2009: UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner participated in a panel on “Rising to the Challenge of Copenhagen,” at the World Economic Forum on 29 January 2009, in Davos, Switzerland. The panel was moderated by Thomas L. Friedman, Foreign Affairs Columnist, The New York Times, and included Jacques Aigrain, Swiss Re CEO, Al Gore, former US Vice-President and Nobel Laureate, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark, and Jeroen van der Veer, Royal Dutch Shell CEO.

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EU Ministers for Development Cooperation Discuss Access to Local Sustainable Energy Sources [viewed]

Informal Meeting of EU Development Ministers

30 January 2009: EU Ministers for Development Cooperation held an informal meeting from 29-30 January 2009, under the auspices of the Czech Presidency in Prague, Czech Republic. Ministers agreed that the EU's development aid should focus on Least Developed Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, which will be hit particularly severely by the world economic slowdown.

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