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CBD Secretariat Calls for Comments on Draft Scientific Synthesis on the Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biodiversity [viewed]

10 August 2009: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is inviting participation in the peer review of the draft report “Scientific Synthesis on the Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biodiversity.”

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UN Secretary-General to World Federation of UN Associations Plenary Assembly: Copenhagen is a “Once-in-a-Generation Chance” [viewed]

© UN10 August 2009: Speaking in Seoul, Republic of Korea, at the 39th World Federation of UN Associations Plenary Assembly, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that climate change is “the greatest collective challenge we face as a human family.”

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Students to Apply Comprehensive Solutions to Global Challenges [viewed]

5 August 2009: In a video message to the First Global Model UN Conference, taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 5-7 August 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said students must play their part in applying comprehensive solutions to interconnected global challenges, including poverty, hunger, climate change and conflict.

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UNEP Report Illustrates How Energy Spending Stimulates Economic Growth and Creates Jobs [viewed]

© COPYRIGHTFOTO3 August 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Sustainable Energy Finance Initiative Public Finance Alliance (SEF Alliance) has published a report titled “Why Clean Energy Public Investment Makes Economic Sense – The Evidence Base,” which compiles and assesses evidence linking government clean energy spending with key indicators of economic health, such as job creation and growth.

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World Bank Announces Development Marketplace Finalists [viewed]

© World Bank August 2009: The World Bank has announced 100 finalists of the Development Marketplace contest on Climate Change Adaptation. Twenty-five of them will receive grants of up to US$200,000 to implement their projects over two years.

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Pacific Islands Forum Concludes with Call to Action on Climate Change [viewed]

© Pacific Islands Forum 6 August 2009: The 40th Pacific Islands Forum convened in Cairns, Australia, from 5-6 August 2009, and concluded with a call by Pacific leaders to action on climate change.

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IDB Organizes Regional Policy Dialogue on National and Sectoral Strategies and Programmes for Climate Change [viewed]

© IDB5 August 2009: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) organized a meeting of the network on Sustainable Energy, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management to discuss national and sectoral climate change strategies.

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IEA Releases Report on Methane Recovery [viewed]

© IEA5 August 2009: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report titled “Methane Recovery and Use: The Importance of Policy,” which highlights policies that have been used to advance methane projects in the oil and gas, landfill, coal mining and agricultural sectors.

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UNECE/FAO's Forest Products Annual Market Review Indicates an Increase in Use of Wood Energy [viewed]

© UNECE4 August 2009: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have released the Forest Products Annual Market Review for 2008-2009, which indicates that the economic crisis has impacted severely the forest products sector across the UNECE region, except for the wood energy sector.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Scenario Note for August Informal Consultations [viewed]

3 August 2009: In preparation for the intersessional informal consultations of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA), which will convene from 10-14 August 2009, in Bonn, Germany, the UNFCCC Secretariat has released the AWG-LCA scenario note.

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