Technology

UNECE Inland Transport Committee Highlights Measures to Address Climate Change [viewed]

25 February 2010: The 72nd annual session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Inland Transport Committee, held from 23-25 February 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland, recognized that measures including better infrastructure planning, efficient border-crossing and transit procedures, technologically progressive vehicle construction norms and a greater role for environmentally-friendly modes, such as rail and inland navigation, are necessary steps to improve current and future transportation systems, with less pollution, in the pan-European region.

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UNEP's Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum Adopts Nusa Dua Declaration [viewed]

1 March 2010: Environment Ministers at the 11th Special Session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which was held from 24-26 February 2010, in Bali, Indonesia, adopted the Nusa Dua Declaration, in which they underscore the vital importance of biodiversity, the urgent need to combat climate change and the advantages gained from advancing towards a 'green economy.'

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OECD Agricultural Ministers' Communiqué Stresses Links Between Agriculture and Climate Change [viewed]

26 February 2010: The Agriculture Ministers of member States of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) met in Paris, France, and adopted a Communiqué that, among other issues, emphasizes the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change for the agricultural sector.

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Commonwealth Publication Suggests Discussing Climate Change at UN Conference on Least Developed Countries [viewed]

26 February 2010: The Commonwealth Secretariat published an article titled “Trade Hot Topics Issue #69: Fourth UN Conference on LDCs - What to Expect?” in preparation for the fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (UNLDC IV). The article highlights, inter alia, the impacts of climate change on LDCs.

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Summit on Latin American and Caribbean Unity Addresses Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

25 February 2010: The Heads of State and government of Latin American and Caribbean countries gathered at the Unity Summit, comprising the 21st Summit of the Rio Group and the second Latin American and Caribbean Summit on Integration and Development. Leaders at the event, which took place in Riviera Maya, Mexico, on 23 February 2010, discussed,  among other things, prospects for the climate change negotiations.

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World Climate Research Programme and WMO Address Global Framework for Climate Services [viewed]

19 February 2010: The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), which is sponsored by the International Council for Science, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) convened their annual Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) meeting in Antalya, Turkey, from 15-19 February 2010. The meeting addressed the Programme's long-term strategy and the role of WCRP research in the Global Framework for Climate Services, established by the third World Climate Conference held in September 2009.

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Event: CSD 19 [viewed]

This policy-year session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) will negotiate policy options related to the thematic cluster for the CSD 18-19 cycle: transport, chemicals, waste management, mining and the Ten-Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Patterns.  

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Event: Second Earth Fund Board Meeting [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Earth Fund Board will consider, among other issues, two US$5 million proposals, namely a Public-Private Funding Mechanism for Watershed Protection, and a proposal for greening the cocoa industry.  

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases SBI 31 Report [viewed]

26 February 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) on its 31st session, held in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 8-12 December 2009 (FCCC/SBI/2009/15).   

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UNEP Launches "Low Carbon World" Website [viewed]

25 February 2010: On the sidelines of the 11th special session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), taking place in Bali, Indonesia, from 24–26 February 2010, UNEP launched the "Low Carbon World" website, a web-based communications platform that aims to facilitate the move to global low carbon economies by assisting knowledge transfer and simplifying access to information and tools that can be difficult to trace.

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