Technology

Event: Second International Conference on Water Resources and Environmental Management (ICWRE 2013) [viewed]

This conference will convene around the theme “Water, Food, Energy Security and Climate Change,” and discussions will be organized around sub-themes including: water for sustainable future; global water security; water supply and sanitation; integrated water resources management (IWRM); and environment, water and health. The conference is being organized by Global Institute for Water, Environment, and Health (GIWEH), based in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Mohamadia School for Engineers, Rabat, Morocco, in partnership with UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education. It is convening in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), among others.  

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Doha Climate Conference to be "PaperSmart" [viewed]

6 November 2012: The UN has announced that the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties  (COP 18) to the UNFCCC in Doha, Qatar, to be held from 26 November-7 December 2012, will be "PaperSmart" by adopting a range of tools to reduce dependency on paper and increase efficiency.

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ADP Co-Chairs Release Note on Doha Session [viewed]

UNFCCC5 November 2012: The Co-Chairs of the Ad hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) have released an informal note aimed at assisting delegates in preparing for the upcoming second part of the first session of the ADP, which will convene in Doha, Qatar, in conjunction with the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC, to be held from 27 November-7 December 2012. The note outlines suggested goals and ideas for the session.

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ADB, Australia to Support Drought Preparedness in the Greater Mekong Subregion [viewed]

ADB7 November 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has reported that, together with the Government of Australia, through the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), it plans to provide loans and grants to the Governments of the Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR) and Viet Nam. The finance will be used to fund infrastructure upgrades, community-based disaster risk management, and enhanced regional forecasting to improve flood and drought preparedness in the Greater Mekong Subregion.

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UNFCCC Publishes Workshop Report on Issues Relating to Kyoto Protocol Methodological Issues [viewed]

UNFCCC8 November 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the workshop on the implications of the implementation of certain decisions by the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 7) on its previous decisions on methodological issues related to the Kyoto Protocol (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/INF.12).

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UNEP Executive Director Updates CPR on Climate Change Activities [viewed]

UNEP26 September 2012: UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner reported to the 120th Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) on UNEP activities related to climate change, among other activities.

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UNDP Joins Climate and Clean Air Coalition [viewed]

UNDP8 November 2012: UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark has announced that UNDP has joined the Climate and Clean Air Coalition. The Coalition is a partnership among governments, NGOs and international organizations that aims to tackle the challenges posed by short-lived climate pollutants, such as black carbon, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and methane, at a global scale.

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FAO Releases Climate Change Mitigation in Agriculture Learning Materials [viewed]

FAONovember 2012: As part of the global learning efforts on sustainable agriculture to help meet climate change mitigation goals, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the materials and presentations from the 11 webinar sessions held during the month of September 2012 on "Conservation agriculture for climate change mitigation."

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UNEP ROWA Convenes Symposium on Alternative Refrigerants in High-Ambient Temperature Countries [viewed]

UNEP20 October 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA), together with the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), the ASHRAE-Emirates Falcon Chapter, and the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA), convened the 2nd Symposium on Alternative Refrigerants in High-Ambient Temperature Countries.

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UNEP Hosts Fumigation Training to Assist with Methyl Bromide Phase-Out in Africa [viewed]

UNEP10 October 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) convened phosphine fumigation training in Douala, Cameroon, from 8-10 October 2012. The training aimed to demonstrate available methyl bromide alternatives for the management of stored grain pests, and analyzed the application, efficacy, cost, availability, global warming potential, registration, phytotoxicity, and corrosiveness of alternatives.

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