Technology

WTO Stocktaking Week Reviews EGS Negotiations [viewed]

26 March 2010: The World Trade Organization's (WTO) Trade Negotiations Committee meeting took place from 22-26 March 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland. This stocktaking week on the status of the Doha negotiations evaluated progress in negotiations on environmental goods and services (EGS).

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IMO Environment Committee Focuses on GHG [viewed]

26 March 2010: The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) held its 60th session from 22-26 March 2010, in London, UK, and focused on the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from international shipping.

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Fifth World Urban Forum Concludes [viewed]

26 March 2010: World Urban Forum 5, which took place from 22-26 March in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, under the theme "The Right to the City: Bridging the Urban Divide," was hosted by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the Government of Brazil. The event gathered a record of over 13,700 participants from 150 countries to discuss issues related to the sustainability of cities in the context of rapid urbanization, and a changing climate and environment.

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UNDP Releases Report on the Outcomes of Copenhagen [viewed]

25 March 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a report it commissioned on "The Outcomes of Copenhagen: The Negotiations and the Accord." Author Alina Averchenkova recognizes that the Conference fell short of the high expectations to deliver a UN-level agreement on a future international framework on climate change, but underlines that the Copenhagen Accord reflects a political consensus on the main elements of the future framework among the major emitters and representatives of the main negotiating groups.

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IEA Publishes Report on Costs of Electricity Generation [viewed]

25 March 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) have released the seventh edition of the Projected Costs of Generating Electricity. The report presents the relative costs of generating electricity from various fuels and technologies in 21 countries, concluding that no one technology “triumphs overall” and that specific national circumstances affect choices of generation methods.

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Event: Fifth GEF Replenishment Meeting [viewed]

The last meeting of the Fifth GEF Replenishment (GEF-5) will seek to reach a final agreement on the size of the next GEF Trust Fund replenishment (2010-2014), and criteria to allocate funding.  

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Global GHG Standard for Cities Launched [viewed]

23 March 2010: During the fifth session of the World Urban Forum, being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 22-26 March 2010, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), and the World Bank jointly launched a Global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Standard for cities.

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UNFCCC Publishes European Regional Workshop Report [viewed]

18 March 2010: The UNFCC  has published the report (FCCC/SBI/2010/2) on the European regional workshop on Article 6 of the Convention, which was held in Stockholm, Sweden, from 18 -20 May 2009.

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UN General Assembly Holds High-Level Dialogue on Water [viewed]

22 March 2010: To mark World Water Day, the UN General Assembly held a High-Level Dialogue on the implementation of the International Decade for Action on “Water for Life” 2005-2015, and the realization of the internationally agreed water-related development goals. The Dialogue was held on 22 March 2010, and was organized around panels on: Water and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); Water, Climate Change and Disasters; and Water and Peace and Security.

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UNFCCC Publishes Provisional AWG-KP 11 Agenda [viewed]

22 March 2010: The UNFCCC has published the annotated provisional agenda (FCCC/KP/AWG/2010/1) for the 11th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 11), which is due to convene in conjunction the ninth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 9), from 9-11 April 2010, in Bonn, Germany.

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