Mitigation

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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UNDESA Holds Youth Interactive Dialogue on Climate Change Solutions [viewed]

Interactive dialogue on climate change solutions

9 February 2009: The Youth Division at the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) is organizing a series of events focusing on youth participation in social integration, the main theme of the 47th session of the Commission for Social Development, which is meeting at UN Headquarters in New York, US, from 4-13 February. One of the side events focused specifically on the role of youth in climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Advance Reports from Poznan [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat

4 February 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released two reports from sessions held in Poznan, Poland, from 1-10 December 2008: the Report of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol on its resumed sixth session and the Report of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation on its 29th session. 

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