Technology

Guatemalan President Gives UNU Lecture on Climate Change and the Mayan Vision [viewed]

21 October 2010: Álvaro Colom Caballeros, President of the Republic of Guatemala, gave a lecture at UN University (UNU) headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, focusing on climate change and the Mayan vision.

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Mediterranean Climate Change Initiative Launched [viewed]

22 October 2010: The Greek Government, with the support of the European Investment Bank (EIB) and in collaboration with leaders from across the Mediterranean, launched the Mediterranean Climate Change Initiative on 22 October 2010, in Athens, Greece.

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UNEP Releases Papers on Bioenergy Sustainability [viewed]

25 October 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a series of four Issue Papers on bioenergy sustainability, aiming to inform decision makers on debates and emerging issues in this policy area, as well as options for improving the sustainability of the production and consumption of bioenergy.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses Francophonie Summit [viewed]

24 October 2010: The 13th Summit of the International Organization of la Francophonie took place from 22-24 October 2010, in Switzerland, and focused on development.

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FAO Releases Second Report on Plant Genetic Resources [viewed]

26 October 2010: The Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) within the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published the Second Report on the State of the World's Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA).

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IEA OPEN Energy Technology Bulletin Discusses Smart Grids, Low-Energy Networks [viewed]

5 October 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) and its Committee on Energy Research and Technology published the latest issue of the OPEN Energy Technology Bulletin, which addresses smart-grids, the IEA Technology Data Exchange, low-energy networks, and new IEA research and development projects.

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IRENA Preparatory Commission Selects Adnan Amin to Perform Functions of Interim Director-General [viewed]

25 October 2010: The fourth session of the Preparatory Commission of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which took place from 24-25 October 2010, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, has decided that Adnan Amin will perform the functions of Interim Director-General of IRENA until the first assembly in 2011.

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Report of the 23rd Meeting of the JI Supervisory Committee Released [viewed]

23 October 2010: The Report of the 23rd Meeting of the Joint Implementation (JI) Supervisory Committee (JISC), which was held from 21-23 October 2010, in Bonn, Germany, is now available on the JI website.

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ITU Plenipotentiary Concludes with Agreement on Key Issues [viewed]

22 October 2010: The 18th International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference, which was held from 4-22 October 2010, in Guadalajara, Mexico, concluded with agreement on ITU's essential role in several key areas, including bridging the digital divide, accelerating broadband roll-out, and managing climate change and disaster response.

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IMO Meeting Adopts Assessment Framework for Ocean Fertilization [viewed]

20 October 2010: Parties to the treaties regulating the dumping of wastes at sea met from 11-15  October 2010, at the headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), in London, UK, and adopted an Assessment Framework for Ocean Fertilization.

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