Mitigation

Scientific Congress to Update the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report [viewed]

February 2009: An international scientific congress titled “Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions,” organized by the International Alliance of Research Universities, will take place on 10-12 March 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The congress will be hosted by the University of Copenhagen.

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World Bank Funds Energy Efficiency in Moldova [viewed]

World Bank Approves US $10 Million in Additional Financing for Moldova's Energy II Project

29 January 2009: The World Bank approved a US$10 million credit for Moldova to scale-up heating supply and improve the efficiency of heating services in the country.

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IDB Funds Energy Efficiency in the Caribbean [viewed]

28 January 2009: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) recently approved three projects to support energy efficiency in the Caribbean. The Bahamas will receive US$1.45 million to strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of the Environment and support ongoing efforts to reform the country's regulatory, financial and fiscal frameworks, in order to achieve a sustainable energy matrix and to encourage energy efficiency in public, commercial and residential buildings.

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UNEP Report Highlights Climate Change's Threat to Water Sources [viewed]

 Hundreds of Millions of South Asians Face Increasing Water Stress

6 February 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Asian Institute of Technology have produced a report titled “Freshwater Under Threat: South Asia,” which highlights, inter alia, the threat climate change poses to the freshwater supply of hundreds of millions of people.

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Informal Consultations on Draft UNGA Resolution on Security and Climate Change Held [viewed]

6 February 2009: In a closed meeting convened by the Permanent Mission of Tonga and the Pacific Small Island Developing States, informal consultations were held on 6 February 2009, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on the UN General Assembly (UNGA) draft resolution on “Security and climate change” (A/63/L.8).

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Submissions by Parties on Fulfillment of the Bali Action Plan [viewed]

6 February 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has posted reports by a number of parties on fulfillment of the Bali Action Plan and the components of the agreed outcome to be adopted by the Conference of Parties at its 15th session: Sri Lanka (6 February); Cuba (5 February); Lebanon (4 February) and Saudi Arabia (2 February).

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UNFCCC Notifies of AWG-KP 7 and AWG-LCA 5 [viewed]

UNFCCC Notifies of AWG-KP 7 and AWG-LCA 5

5 February 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has notified parties and observer States to the UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol, UN specialized agencies, intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) of the forthcoming seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 7) and fifth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 5), which will take place in Bonn, Germany, from 29 March-8 April 2009. 

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UN Secretary-General and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Emphasize Accelerating Action on Climate Change in Statements at Delhi Sustainable Development Summit [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon received the Sustainable Development Leadership Award from H.E. Mr. Maumoon Abdul Gayoom

5 February 2009: During the 2009 Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, which is organized around the theme “Towards Copenhagen: an equitable and ethical approach” and is taking place from 5-7 February 2009, in New Delhi, India, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that ignoring or underestimating the threat of climate change would lead to increased poverty and hardship. Ban, who received the Sustainable Development Leadership Award at the Summit, underlined that tackling this challenge requires “all our leadership, all our commitment, all our ingenuity,” but that it also provides an “opportunity to make progress on a wide range of sustainable development issues.”

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Business Community to Take the Lead on Climate [viewed]

5 February 2009: Addressing a breakfast meeting of Chief Executive Officers, which took place ahead of the opening of the 2009 Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, in New Delhi, India, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon invited business community leaders to become “leaders to become pioneers in leading on climate change issues.”

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UNEP Executive Director Calls for US Leadership on Climate [viewed]

 Speech by UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs conference

4 February 2009: The “Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference: Making a Down Payment on the Green Economy” convened in Washington, DC, US, from 4-6 February 2009. Speaking at the conference, Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), highlighted the economic and employment implications of climate change, drew attention to the related initiatives launched by UNEP in 2008 (the Global Green New Deal and Green Economy initiatives), and called on the US to “champion the international cause of the Green Economy and of a transition to a low-carbon society.”

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