Mitigation

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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UNESCO to Hold World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development - Moving into the Second Half of the UN Decade

February 2009: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, in cooperation with the German Commission for UNESCO, are organizing the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development – Moving into the Second Half of the UN Decade, which is scheduled to be held in Bonn, Germany, from 31 March-2 April 2009.

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WMO Working Group on Climate and Related Matters to Hold Second Session [viewed]

EC Working Group on Climate and Related Water and Environmental matters

February 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Executive Council Working Group on Climate and Related Weather, Water and Environmental Matters will convene its second session from 11-13 February 2009, at WMO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The Working Group was established in 2007 and advises the Executive Council on all matters related to the WMO's climate activities in order to promote better coordination among WMO bodies and programmes, and to strengthen WMO's partnership with other UN and scientific organizations concerned with climate.

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World Bank Invites Youth to Write about Climate Change [viewed]

World Bank Invites Youth to Write about Climate Change

January 2009: The World Bank has launched its annual international essay competition. This year's edition focuses on how young people up to 25 years old are affected by climate change, and how to tackle it with youth-led solutions.

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CBD Executive Secretary on World Wetlands Day: Climate Change Impacts the Water Cycle [viewed]

Poster of World Wetlands Day

2 February 2009: On the occasion of World Wetlands Day, celebrated on 2 February 2009, the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Ahmed Djoghlaf, delivered a message stressing the need for integrated management of land and water.

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IFPRI's Director Awarded Bertebos Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry [viewed]

29 January 2009: Joachim von Braun, Director of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), received the Bertebos Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry for his work in development economics and as the head of several development research institutions focusing on food, agriculture and rural poverty.

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WMO Bulletin Focuses on “Weather, Climate and the Air We Breathe” [viewed]

Weather, climate and the air we breathe

29 January 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released its latest Bulletin, which focuses on World Meteorological Day, to be celebrated on 23 March and focused on the theme: “Weather, climate and the air we breathe.”

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WMO Hosts European Earth Observation and Monitoring Meeting [viewed]

28 January 2009: A joint annual meeting of Global Earth Observation and Monitoring (GEOmon) and Infrastructure for Measurements of the European Carbon Cycle (IMECC) was hosted by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Geneva, Switzerland, from 26-30 January 2009.

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IPCC Invites Governments and Organizations to Nominate Representatives for 30th Session [viewed]

27 January 2009: The 30th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will take place on 21-23 April 2009, in Antalya, Turkey. The meeting will focus on the future of the IPCC, in particular the scoping of the Fifth Assessment Report. The Panel will also consider the outcome of the Scoping Meeting for a possible Special Report on “Extreme events and disasters: managing the risks,” which is to be held on 23-26 March 2009, in Oslo, Norway.

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ECA Executive Secretary Urges African Participation at COP 15 [viewed]

Statement by Mr. Abdoulie Janneh, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ECA

29 January 2009: In a statement delivered at the 14th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union, taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Abdoulie Janneh, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), noted that although Africa' s economic performance is commendable, it is not sufficient to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and the continent now faces the pressing challenges of global financial crisis, climate change and the maintenance of peace and security. He stressed that the continent will bear most of the burden of climate change, and called for mainstreaming mitigation, adaptation, financing and technology issues into the African policy agenda.

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