Mitigation

UN Secretary-General at Poznań Climate Change Conference Calls for a Green New Deal [viewed]

L-R: UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo do Boer and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 11 December 2008: Speaking at the opening of the High-level Segment of the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, taking place in Poznań, Poland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the urgency to take action, and called for renewed global solidarity to tackle the financial and climate change crises, calling the latter “the defining challenge of our era.”

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UNIDO Partners with Brazilian Energy Companies to Promote Sustainable Energy [viewed]

UN Industrial and Development Organization (UNIDO) 10 December 2008: UN Industrial and Development Organization (UNIDO) Director-General Kandeh Yumkella has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with two Brazilian energy companies, ITAIPU Binacional and Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras S.A. (Eletrobrás), to promote renewable energy use.

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UNU-IAS Launches Report on Innovation in Responding to Climate Change [viewed]

Innovation in Responding to Climate Change: Nanotechnology, Ocean Energy and Forestry 10 December 2008: At a side event to the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Poznań, Poland, the UN University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) launched a new report entitled “Innovation in Responding to Climate Change: Nanotechnology, Ocean Energy and Forestry.”

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High-level Segment at UN Climate Change Conference -- Poznań Opens [viewed]

Top officials converge in Poland for UN climate change talks 11 December 2008: The High-level Segment at the UN Climate Change Conference in Poznań, Poland, opened on 11 December 2008. Four Heads of State and Government, as well as 145 Environment Ministers and senior government representatives, are scheduled to participate, with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon making an opening statement.

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UNEP FI Highlights Insurance Industry's Role in Adaptation, Mitigation [viewed]

UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) 10 December 2008: At a side event held during the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC, in Poznan, Poland, members of the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) discussed the role of insurers in developing innovative products to respond to the increasing number of weather-related disasters, to insure forests, and to smooth out uncertainties in renewable energy.

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UN-HABITAT: Mayors and Local Authorities Commit to Implement Strong Local Climate Actions [viewed]

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CBD Stresses Biodiversity Conservation's Role in Tackling Climate Change [viewed]

Biodiversity in a Rapidly Changing World 9 December 2008: The ninth National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment, organized by the US National Council for Science and Environment under the theme of “Biodiversity in a Rapidly Changing World,” took place in Washington DC, US, from 8-10 December 2008. Addressing the Conference, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), provided an overview of the CBD and its programmes of work, and called for ratification by the US.

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UNIDO and UNDP Collaborate to Support Environmentally-Friendly Business Practices [viewed]

UNIDO and UNDP join together to support environment-friendly business practices 3 December: UNIDO Director-General Kandeh Yumkella and UN System Resident Coordinator for China Khalid Malik have launched a joint UNIDO-UNDP programme titled “Industrial Climate Change Compacts - A United Nations-Business Partnership for Sustainability.”

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ESCAP Holds High Level Meeting on Asia-Pacific's Food-Fuel Crisis and Climate Change [viewed]

L-R: Indonesia's Foreign Minister, Dr. N. Hassan Wirajuda and Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP

9 December 2008: The High-level Regional Policy Dialogue on “The Food-Fuel Crisis and Climate Change – Reshaping the Development Agenda,” organized by the Government of Indonesia and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), is convening in Denpasar, Indonesia, from 9-10 December 2008. The dialogue aims to identify strategies to address the impact of the food, energy and financial crises on Asia and the Pacific in the context of climate change, and prevent the triple crises from becoming a development emergency.

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UNEP and GEF Announce Completion of Test Geothermal Energy Project in East-Africa [viewed]

 African Rift Geothermal Facility (ARGeo) 9 December 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have announced the completion of the nearly US$1 million Joint Geophysical Imaging project in Kenya. The project tested new seismic and drilling techniques to tap steam from hot underground rocks, and found wells of steam able to generate 4-5 MW of electricity, with one well yielding 8 MW.

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