Technology

UN Secretary-General's Report for Rio+20 Preparatory Committee Released [viewed]

1 April 2010: The UN Secretary-General's report on "Progress to date and remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits in the area of sustainable development and analysis of the themes for the Conference" (A/CONF.216/PC/2) has been released in preparation for the 17-19 May 2010 Preparatory Committee for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, which will meet in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, in 2012 (Rio+20).

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WMO Addresses Measurement Challenges in Climate Change Monitoring [viewed]

1 April 2010: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the International Bureau for Weights and Measures organized a workshop on “Measurement Challenges for Global Observation Systems for Climate Change Monitoring — Traceability, Stability and Uncertainty” from 1-3 April 2010, at WMO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The event aimed to explore ways to deliver more accurate and reliable observations of the Earth's climate.

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UN to Launch UN Development Assistance Framework in China [viewed]

29 March 2010: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) has announced that the UN, in cooperation with the Government of China, will launch the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for China 2011-2015, on 1 April 2010, in Beijing, China. A key overall focus area is that the Chinese Government and other stakeholders ensure environmental sustainability, address climate change, and promote a green, low carbon economy.

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CSO Representative Reviews UN-REDD and World Bank's Forest Carbon Facility [viewed]

March 2010: Global Witness, a non-governmental organization (NGO) representing civil society on the UN-REDD Policy Board, has submitted an assessment of the World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Readiness-Preparation Proposals (R-PPs) and Joint Program Documents (JPDs) of the UN-REDD (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries) Programme. A key finding of the assessment is the need for further guidance on non-carbon monitoring from the FCPF, the UN-REDD Programme, and the international community.

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CGIAR and IFAD Highlight the Importance of Partnership-Based Research [viewed]

31 March 2010: At the first Global Conference on Agriculture Research for Development (GCARD) held in Montpelier, France, from 29-31 March 2010, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) introduced its proposed large-scale collective-action programmes through eight thematic areas, including one on climate change and agriculture.

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UNFCCC Publishes Copenhagen Reports [viewed]

30 March 2010: The UNFCCC has published the reports of the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) (FCCC/CP/2009/11 and FCCC/CP/2009/11/Add.1) and the  reports of the fifth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties (COP/MOP 5)(FCCC/KP/CMP/2009/21 and FCCC/KP/CMP/2009/21/Add.1), which were held in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 7-19 December 2009.

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UNITAR and Yale University Call for Papers [viewed]

30 March 2010: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and Yale University have announced a call for papers for the second Global Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy, which will take place at Yale University, New Haven, US, from 17-19 September 2010. The Conference will focus on the theme “Strengthening Institutions to Address Climate Change and Advance a Green Economy.”

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GBEP Meeting on GHG Methodologies for Bioenergy Concludes [viewed]

16 March 2010: The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) convented the seventh meeting its Task Force on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Methodologies in The Hague, the Netherlands. The meeting discussed possible improvements to the GBEP's “Version Zero” of the “GBEP Common Methodological Framework for GHG Lifecycle Analysis of Bioenergy,” released in June 2009.

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GBEP's Technical Working Group on Bioenergy Technologies Meets [viewed]

19 March 2010: The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) convened the sixth Technical Working Group meeting of the Task Force on Financing, Capacity Building and Technology Cooperation for Sustainable Bioenergy in The Hague, the Netherlands. The working group is tasked with aiding in the deployment of technologies for sustainable bioenergy development.

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IFPRI Publishes Study on the EU Biofuels Mandate [viewed]

March 2010: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has published a report titled “Global Trade and Environmental Impact Study of the EU Biofuels Mandate.” The report is one of four commissioned by the European Commission to assess the impacts of the 10% target for the use of renewable energy in road transport fuels by 2020.

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