Technology

UNESCO's OceanObs'09 to Focus on Ocean Observation Methods [viewed]

© OceanObs'0917 September 2009: UNESCO's OceanObs'09 Conference, held from 21-25 September 2009, in Venice, Italy, will seek to take stock of the progress made over the last ten years, presenting scientific results based on global ocean observation, considering the related societal and economic benefits, examining the present frontiers of global ocean observations, and looking at the way ahead in the coming decade.

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IPCC WG Holds Expert and Lead Author Meetings on Renewable Energy [viewed]

L-R: The Special Report is developed under the responsibility of the Co-Chairs of the IPCC's Working Group III Youba Sokona, Ottmar Edenhofer, and Ramón Pichs Madruga - © IPCC WG III4 September 2009: Working Group (WG) III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) held the second lead author meeting for the Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN) from 1-4 September 2009, in Oslo, Norway. The meeting was preceded by an expert meeting on Modeling Renewable Energies, held from 30-31 August 2009.

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UNDESA Prepares Policy Briefs on Climate Change Topics [viewed]

© UN DESAAugust 2009: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) has prepared a series of Policy Briefs on a range of topics related to climate change, including: the energy challenge; industrial policies to face climate and development challenges; financing mitigation and adaption; climate justice; approaches and resources for multidimensional climate change threats; and technology transfer climate change: Beyond TRIPS.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Delivers Video Message Ahead of Bangkok Talks [viewed]

© UNFCCCSeptember 2009: In a recently released video message, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer takes stock of international climate change negotiations ahead of the upcoming talks in Bangkok.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Publishes Bangkok Fact Sheet [viewed]

© UNFCCC18 September 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a fact sheet on the ninth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) and the seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA), which will be held in Bangkok from 28 September-9 October 2009.

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African Union Announces Position on Climate Change [viewed]

© African Union18 September 2009: During his monthly press conference on 17 September 2009 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Jean Ping, President of the Commission of the African Union announced that Africa will request “polluting countries,” regardless of their participation in the Kyoto Protocol, to reduce their emissions “drastically.”

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Climate Change Summit Background Paper Released [viewed]

© UN17 September 2009: Key questions and themes to guide the roundtable discussions of Heads of State and Government during the upcoming Climate Change Summit, to be held on 22 September 2009, have been identified in the UN Secretary-General's Background Paper.

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Scientific Forum on Energy for Development Convenes during IAEA General Conference [viewed]

© IAEA17 September 2009: A special scientific forum on “Energy for Development” took place from 15-16 September 2009, during the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) 53rd General Conference, held from 14-18 September 2009, in Vienna, Austria.

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IPCC Member Appointed as UNEP's First Chief Scientist [viewed]

© IPCC16 September 2009: The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has appointed environmental modelling and systems expert Joseph Alcamo as its first Chief Scientist.

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UN Launches Report on Strengthening Global Partnership for Development [viewed]

© UN16 September 2009: During the launch of the 2009 MDG Gap Task Force Report on Strengthening the Global Partnership for Development in a Time of Crisis, UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro highlighted that it is crucial to deliver on global poverty-fighting commitments in a word facing economic recession, food shortage and the continuing impact of climate change, factors that impede the realization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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