Technology

CSO Representative Reviews UN-REDD and World Bank's Forest Carbon Facility [viewed]

March 2010: Global Witness, a non-governmental organization (NGO) representing civil society on the UN-REDD Policy Board, has submitted an assessment of the World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Readiness-Preparation Proposals (R-PPs) and Joint Program Documents (JPDs) of the UN-REDD (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries) Programme. A key finding of the assessment is the need for further guidance on non-carbon monitoring from the FCPF, the UN-REDD Programme, and the international community.

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CGIAR and IFAD Highlight the Importance of Partnership-Based Research [viewed]

31 March 2010: At the first Global Conference on Agriculture Research for Development (GCARD) held in Montpelier, France, from 29-31 March 2010, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) introduced its proposed large-scale collective-action programmes through eight thematic areas, including one on climate change and agriculture.

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UNFCCC Publishes Copenhagen Reports [viewed]

30 March 2010: The UNFCCC has published the reports of the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) (FCCC/CP/2009/11 and FCCC/CP/2009/11/Add.1) and the  reports of the fifth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties (COP/MOP 5)(FCCC/KP/CMP/2009/21 and FCCC/KP/CMP/2009/21/Add.1), which were held in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 7-19 December 2009.

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UNITAR and Yale University Call for Papers [viewed]

30 March 2010: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and Yale University have announced a call for papers for the second Global Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy, which will take place at Yale University, New Haven, US, from 17-19 September 2010. The Conference will focus on the theme “Strengthening Institutions to Address Climate Change and Advance a Green Economy.”

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GBEP Meeting on GHG Methodologies for Bioenergy Concludes [viewed]

16 March 2010: The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) convented the seventh meeting its Task Force on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Methodologies in The Hague, the Netherlands. The meeting discussed possible improvements to the GBEP's “Version Zero” of the “GBEP Common Methodological Framework for GHG Lifecycle Analysis of Bioenergy,” released in June 2009.

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GBEP's Technical Working Group on Bioenergy Technologies Meets [viewed]

19 March 2010: The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) convened the sixth Technical Working Group meeting of the Task Force on Financing, Capacity Building and Technology Cooperation for Sustainable Bioenergy in The Hague, the Netherlands. The working group is tasked with aiding in the deployment of technologies for sustainable bioenergy development.

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IFPRI Publishes Study on the EU Biofuels Mandate [viewed]

March 2010: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has published a report titled “Global Trade and Environmental Impact Study of the EU Biofuels Mandate.” The report is one of four commissioned by the European Commission to assess the impacts of the 10% target for the use of renewable energy in road transport fuels by 2020.

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Event: UNITAR-Yale Conference on Climate Change Governance [viewed]

This conference is organized by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and Yale University, US, on the theme of "Strengthening Institutions to Address Climate Change and Advance a Green Economy." The Conference aims to examine the role of institutional structures and decision-making procedures in fostering or impeding low carbon and climate resilient development.  

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Event: UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination [viewed]

This meeting will convene at the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) headquarters in Vienna, Austria, to discuss issues relating to climate change, the September Summit on progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), global governance and the global economic and financial crisis. The CEB meets twice a year and brings together the Heads of 27 UN system organizations (15 specialized agencies, 10 UN Funds and Programmes, the IAEA and the WTO) under the chairmanship of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  

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FAO Launches Survey on Agricultural Mitigation Projects [viewed]

30 March 2010: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched a survey to gather information on all existing agricultural mitigation projects in developing countries into a comprehensive database. The survey aims to identify existing agricultural projects that either reduce, avoid or absorb/sequester greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through agricultural practices.

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