Technology

UNFCCC Executive Secretary to World Bank Energy Week: Copenhagen Can Move the World Towards a Sustainable Future [viewed]

31 March 2009: Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, addressed the opening plenary of the World Bank Group's Energy Week by video link and welcomed the meeting's theme, “Energy, Development and Climate Change,” noting the importance of addressing developing countries' energy concerns.

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IDB Board of Governors Adopts Green Growth Initiatives [viewed]

31 March 2009: The Boards of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) adopted a set of initiatives to promote green growth at its 50th Annual Meeting held in Medellín, Colombia, from 29-30 March 2009. Finance ministers and central bank presidents from IDB's 48 member countries discussed the current financial crisis and addressed the IDB's reform, calling for a capital increase that contemplates a strategy to make effective use of additional resources to support social safety net programmes, poverty and inequality reduction, infrastructure investment and measures related to climate change.

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UNEP Participates in Low-Carbon Prosperity Task Force [viewed]

© UNEP31 March 2009: Fifty-two companies have partnered with 34 experts and organizations, including the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), to create a new low-carbon Task Force focused on stimulating the low-carbon economy by identifying how to create green jobs and deflect economic growth towards a sustainable, low-carbon path.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary: Bonn Climate Change Talks Represent “First New Opportunity for True Cooperation” [viewed]

29 March 2009: Addressing delegates at the opening of the seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 7) and the fifth meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 5) taking place in Bonn, Germany, from 29 March-8 April 2009, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, reminded them that they only have six weeks of “real negotiating time” over the next eight months to reach an ambitious agreement in Copenhagen.

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On-line Inventory of UN System Activities on Climate Change Launched [viewed]

27 March 2009: The UN Department of Public Information (DPI) has launched an On-line Inventory of UN System Activities on Climate Change. The inventory is available through the Gateway to the UN System's Work on Climate Change, and is intended to provide information on activities underway throughout the UN system in response to the global climate change challenge.

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UN-HABITAT Governing Council Addresses Impact of Climate Change on the Promotion of Affordable Housing [viewed]

30 March 2009: The 22nd Session of the UN Human Settlements Programme Governing Council (UN-HABITAT GC 22) opened on 30 March 2009, at UN-HABITAT headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The week-long session's main theme is promoting affordable housing finance systems in an urbanizing world in the face of the global financial crisis and climate change.

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GEF STAP Workshop Considers Climate Change Science and Technology Advice [viewed]

30 March 2009: The Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) held a workshop on 30 March 2009, in Washington DC, US, to develop the Panel's scientific and technical guidance for the Fifth GEF Replenishment's (GEF-5) strategic programming on climate mitigation policies and technologies.

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AWG-KP 7 and AWG-LCA 5 Talks Kick Off in Bonn [viewed]

30 March 2009: The seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 7) and the fifth meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 5) opened on 29 March 2009, in Bonn, Germany, with a welcoming ceremony followed by the opening sessions of the two Working Groups.

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IDB Approves Energy Efficiency Project in Brazil [viewed]

27 March 2009: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a project to provide Brazil's Usiminas steel company a loan amounting to US$200 million. The first part of the project will finance investments in a new power cogeneration plant and related equipment to produce electricity using excess heat and gases that originate from the production of the steel, allowing the Belo Horizonte-based company to cut its production costs and reduce carbon emissions.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Additional Submission from Australia on Emissions Trading and Project-based Mechanisms [viewed]

27 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an addendum (FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/MISC.3/ADD.2) to document FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/MISC.3 on further input on how the possible improvements to emissions trading and the project-based mechanisms would function.

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