Technology

UNDP Calls on Gulf States to Help Developing Countries Harness Clean Energy to Reduce Poverty and GHGs [viewed]

8 March 2010:During the Gulf Environment Forum 2010, which is being held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, from 7-9 March 2010, under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz and with the support of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Veerle Vandeweerd, UNDP Environment and Energy Group Director, called on Gulf States to exercise leadership in addressing both poverty and climate change challenges.

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ICAO Commits to Develop a Carbon Dioxide Standard for Commercial Aircraft [viewed]

19 February 2010:  The International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection's (CAEP) met at ICAO headquarters from 1-12 February 2010, in Montreal, Canada, and announced the ICAO's commitment to the development of a carbon dioxide standard for commercial aircraft by 2013. This effort would result in the first global fuel-efficiency standard for any industry sector.

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Members of UN Secretary-General's Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing Announced [viewed]

4 March 2010:  The 19 members of the High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing, which was set up by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in February 2010, have been announced.

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UNCTAD's 2010 Trade and Environment Review Focuses on Promoting Poles of Clean Growth [viewed]

March 2010: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has published its Trade and Environment Review 2009/2010, which contains some 20 essays on the topic "Promoting Poles of Clean Growth to Foster the Transition to a More Sustainable Economy."

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FAO Releases Aquacrop Practical Exercise [viewed]

February 2010: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released a new Aquacrop practical exercise, which tests users on their ability to create climate files using the Aquacrop software.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary at Informal Meeting Stresses Need to Rebuild Confidence in the Negotiation Process [viewed]

2 March 2010: Speaking at the eighth Informal Meeting on Further Action against Climate Change, which took place in Tokyo, Japan, from 1-2 March 2010, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, stressed the need for the climate change negotiations to get off to a good start following Copenhagen, and for confidence in the process to be rebuilt.

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UN Secretary-General Delivers Bernard Brodie Lecture: “Green Growth Will Power the Economy of the 21st Century” [viewed]

2 March 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered the “Bernard Brodie Lecture on Conditions for Peace” at the University of California, in Los Angeles, California, US, on 2 March 2010. He noted the interconnections in today's global world, highlighting the global financial and food crises, climate change, and global terrorism.

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UNFCCC Releases Notification Regarding AWG-KP 11 and AGW-LCA 9 [viewed]

2 March 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released notifications to parties and observer States to the UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol, UN Secretariat units and bodies, specialized agencies and related oranizations regarding the 11th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 11) and the ninth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 9), which are scheduled to take place in Bonn, Germany from 9-11 April 2010.

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WMO Commission for Climatology Agrees on Future Strategy to Improve Climate Information and Services [viewed]

1 March 2010: Over 150 participants representing 88 countries and three international organizations met at the 15th session of the Commission for Climatology of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Antalya, Turkey, from 19-24 February 2010, and agreed on a future strategy to provide improved climate information and services.

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CIF Partnership Documents Posted, Comments Sought on Lessons in Climate Investment Funds [viewed]

March 2010: Documents for the 2010 Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Partnership Forum, which will gather CIF stakeholders to share lessons learned from the CIF design process and from early implementation of CIF-funded programmes, have been posted online. Also available online is a draft document titled "Looking Ahead for Lessons in the Climate Investment Funds: Emerging Themes for Learning," which is open for comments.

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