Technology

EU Ministers Develop Conclusions Regarding Copenhagen Follow-up [viewed]

15 March 2010: During a meeting on 15 March 2010, in Brussels, Belgium, the Council of the Environment Ministers of the EU adopted conclusions on climate change regarding the “Follow-up to the Copenhagen Conference.”

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Event: First Conference of Ministers Responsible for Meteorology in Africa [viewed]

This meeting is organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in partnership with the African Union (AU). African Ministers responsible for meteorology will meet to address ways of strengthening weather, climate and water information for decision making. The first part of the Conference, from 12 to 14 April, will be a preparatory meeting of experts and partners of all sectors concerned, while the Conference of Ministers will take place on 15 and 16 April. The preparatory expert segment will bring together a broad range of decision makers, users and providers, drawing on their experiences, to improve weather, water and climate information and services. These experiences include for example flood risk management in Mozambique, agrometeorology in Mali and drought insurance in Malawi. The Ministerial Conference is expected to endorse high level support to the expert-based Conference Statement from government representatives and to adopt a Conference Declaration for the development of weather, water and climate services in Africa. The Conference of Ministers Responsible for Meteorology in Africa is a follow-up to the decision of the third World Climate Conference, held by the WMO in 2009, to create the Global Framework for Climate Services.  

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UN Secretary-General Releases MDG Report [viewed]

15 March 2010: The UN Secretary-General has released a report titled “Keeping the promise: a forward-looking review to promote an agreed action agenda to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015” (A/64/665). The report presents information on progress made in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and calls for a new pact to accelerate the progress in achieving the goals.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Publishes Overview Schedule [viewed]

15 March 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the Overview Schedule for 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 due to convene from 9-11 April 2010, in Bonn, Germany.

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Event: World Cities Summit 2010: Liveable and Sustainable Cities for the Future [viewed]

This three-day event will focus on the challenges related to urban planning, infrastructure financing, public housing, waste management, urban biodiversity and climate change. Participants will discuss how to mitigate risks and build inclusive and harmonious cities. Partners of the Summit include the Asian Development Bank (ADB), UN-Habitat, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).  

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IEA and WBCSD Cooperate on Low-Carbon Transitioning [viewed]

10 March 2010: Over 30 technology executives met under the auspices of the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) on 10 March 2010, and adopted a statement on concrete action for the transition to a low-carbon economy.

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Conference Highlights Role of Civil Nuclear Energy in Mitigation [viewed]

9 March 2010: The International Conference on Access to Civil Nuclear Energy convened in Paris, France, from 8-9 March 2010, to discuss the promotion of nuclear energy technology for peaceful purposes.

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Poverty Environment Partnership Meeting Addresses Climate and Environment Mainstreaming [viewed]

8 March 2010: The 15th meeting of the Poverty Environment Partnership (PEP 15), which took place from 1-5 March 2010, in Lilongwe, Malawi, convened under the theme “Climate and Environment Mainstreaming and the Green Economy to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals.”

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EU Adopts Report with Non-Binding Sustainability Criteria for Biomass [viewed]

25 February 2010: The European Commission has adopted a report on sustainability criteria for solid and gaseous biomass used in electricity, heating and cooling, which offers non-binding recommendations for sustainability criteria and monitoring methodologies for EU member States that wish to voluntarily adopt national biomass schemes.

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Event: From Copenhagen to Mexico: A climate of change in development policy [viewed]

This seminar, organized by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), will explore the results of the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. The event will also look at the opportunities and challenges for the region during 2010, which will be marked by preparations for the 16th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Mexico.  

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