Technology

UN Celebrates Earth Hour [viewed]

26 March 2011: The UN turned out the lights at its New York Headquarters at 8:30 p.m. in observance of Earth Hour 2011, a global event aimed at promoting awareness of the need to take action on climate change.

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Report of 24th Meeting of the JI Supervisory Committee Released [viewed]

25 March 2011: The report of the 24th meeting of the Joint Implementation (JI) Supervisory Committee (JISC), which was held from 23-25 March 2011, in Bonn, Germany, is now available on the JI website.

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UNEP Supports Sochi 2014 Ecological Programme [viewed]

23 March 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that, as part of its collaboration with the 2014 Winter Olympic Games Sochi organizing committee, it has submitted to the Organizing Committee environmental action plans that cover key areas including Zero Waste and Climate Neutrality.

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AfricaRice Takes Leading Role in Developing Climate-Resilient Rice Technologies [viewed]

22 March 2011: The African Rice Center (AfricaRice) has taken on the lead role for Africa in the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP), a new research programme of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

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UNIDO, EU Collaborate on Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development [viewed]

25 March 2011: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is working on ways to develop its strategic partnership with the EU, particularly on the issues of inclusive growth and sustainable development.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Calls for Momentum on Cancun Agreements [viewed]

24 March 2011: Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting of ministers in Mexico City, Mexico, who gathered to discuss the implementation of the Cancun Agreements, Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, called on governments to maintain momentum to ensure that timelines agreed at the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, in December 2010, are met.

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WMO Releases Statement on the Status of Global Climate in 2010 [viewed]

24 March 2011: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released its annual "Statement on the Status of the Global Climate," highlighting that global surface temperatures reached record values and that 2010 represented the closure of the warmest decade on record.

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UNESCO Releases Staff Guide to Greening [viewed]

24 March 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched the "Staff Guide to Greening UNESCO," which offers UNESCO staff simple tips to incorporate environmentally-friendly behavior into their work life.

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UNWTO, Thailand Improve Hotels' Energy Efficiency [viewed]

24 March 2011: The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Government of Thailand have concluded a project that assisted hotels in reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy costs through energy-saving technologies.  

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Report of the 31st Meeting of the CDM Afforestation and Reforestation Working Group Released [viewed]

23 March 2011: The report of the 31st meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Afforestation and Reforestation (A/R) Working Group, which was held from 14-16 March 2011 in Bonn, Germany, is now available on the CDM website. The Working Group considers matters relating to CDM afforestation and reforestation project activities.

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