Technology

UNEP's MEA Summer Course to Focus on Climate Change [viewed]

February 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the University of Eastern Finland have announced that their seventh annual Multilateral Environmental Agreement (MEA) summer course will be held from 15-27 August 2010, in Joensuu, Finland, and will focus on climate change.

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UNEP Information Note Urges More Ambitious Pledges to Keep Temperatures Below 2ºC by Mid-Century [viewed]

23 February 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a new greenhouse gas (GHG) modeling study it compiled, based on the estimates of researchers at nine leading centres. The study concludes that countries will have to make more ambitious GHG emission reduction pledges if global temperature rise is to be curbed at 2ºC or less.

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UN Secretary-General to the Unity Summit of Latin America and the Caribbean: “Climate Change Remains a Clear and Present Danger” [viewed]

22 February 2010: At the Unity Summit of Latin America and the Caribbean, which convened in Cancun, Mexico, Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), delivered a message on behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noting that climate change is a “major inter-connected challenge.”

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UNFCCC Secretariat Announces Additional Meeting Time in April [viewed]

23 February 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced that the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC has decided that the next round of formal UN climate change negotiations under the Convention will take place from 9-11 April 2010, in Bonn, Germany.

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WMO's Commission for Climatology Discusses Action Plan for Improved Climate Services [viewed]

22 February 2010: The World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Commission for Climatology (CCI) is holding its 15th session in Antalya, Turkey, from 19-24 February 2010, to discuss an action plan for providing improved climate services to the global community.

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ECLAC Regional Coordination Mechanism Discusses MDGs, Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

18 February 2010: The Regional Coordination Mechanism for Latin America and the Caribbean of the UN system met in Mexico City, Mexico, to discuss the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), climate change, the political situation in the region, and the UN's contribution to regional cooperation.

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IFAD Provides US$48 million in Support to Egyptian Farmers for Improved Water Management [viewed]

16 February 2010: The International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) has signed an agreement with the Egyptian Government that will focus on maximizing the efficiency of water use by Egyptian farmers to adapt to the challenges of climate change.

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World Bank Institute Climate Change Practice Launches e-Bulletin [viewed]

February 2010: The World Bank Institute Climate Change (WBICC) Practice has launched its first quarterly e-Bulletin, which reports on activities in its four programmes, namely: cities and climate change; innovation in carbon finance; leadership and coalition building in climate change; and climate adaptation in water, agriculture and natural resource management.

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Event: AWG-KP and AWG-LCA [viewed]

The Bureau of UNFCCC COP 15 decided, on 22 February 2010, that the next round of AWG-KP and AWG-LCA meetings should take place from 9-11 April 2010, with preparatory regional group meetings on 8 April.  

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UNIDO Launches Global Technology Roadmap Project for CCS [viewed]

19 February 2010: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has launched a global technology roadmap for carbon capture and storage (CCS) for industrial processes. The €500,000 project is being carried out in partnership with the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute, and will be implemented in cooperation with the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the IEA Greenhouse Gas Research and Development Programme.

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