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UN Secretary-General at Tsunami Lessons Learned Event Emphasizes Simultaneous Approach to Climate Change and Economic Crisis [viewed]

© UN24 April 2009: Speaking at the Tsunami Lessons Learned event, which took place in New York, US, on 24 April 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the importance of sharing lessons learned from disaster responses.

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UNEP-Hosted Business Summit Manifesto Says New Climate Regime “Crucial” for Economic Recovery [viewed]

© B4E Summit23 April 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN Global Compact hosted the Business for the Environment (B4E) summit, which took place from 22-23 April 2009, in Paris, France. In their closing manifesto, the over 400 delegates underscored that agreement on a new climate regime is crucial, with recovery from the current economic turmoil requiring investments in clean technologies and sustainable infrastructure systems.

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World Bank/IMF Spring Meeting Highlights Role of Low Carbon Investments in Crisis Recovery [viewed]

© IMF27 April 2009: The Joint World Bank Group (WBG) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Development Committee met on 26 April in Washington, DC, US, and highlighted that “hard earned progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is now in jeopardy.”

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UNWTO Calls for Recognition of the Tourism Sector's Potential Contribution to the Green Economy [viewed]

© UNWTO22 April 2009: Addressing the Boao Forum for Asia on “Tourism and the Financial Crisis,” which convened from 17-19 April 2009, on Hainan Island, China, Geoffrey Lipman, UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Assistant Secretary-General, highlighted the role that business and leisure travel can play in the G20-led economic recovery.

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IAEA Director General Addresses Prospects of Nuclear Energy in 21st Century [viewed]

© IAEA20 April 2009: In a speech delivered during an international ministerial conference on nuclear energy in the 21st century, which took place in Beijing, China, from 20-22 April 2009, Mohamed ElBaradei, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), discussed the future of nuclear energy and the role of the IAEA.

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IEA Report on Cogeneration and District Energy Launched [viewed]

© IEA21 April 2009: During the annual meeting of COGEN Europe (the European Association for the Promotion of Cogeneration), which is taking place in Brussels, Belgium, from 21-22 April 2009, Tom Kerr, International Energy Agency (IEA) Senior Energy Analyst, launched a new IEA report titled “Cogeneration and District Energy: Sustainable Energy Technologies for Today…and Tomorrow.” The report highlights that cogeneration and district energy – technologies that are widely available and cost‐effective – can largely contribute to global energy security and climate change mitigation.

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World Bank Civil Society Forum and Climate Investment Fund Meetings to Convene [viewed]

© World BankApril 2009: The World Bank Climate Investment Funds (CIF) will hold a civil society self-selection process for observer seats on two CIF committees (Clean Technology Fund and Strategic Climate Fund) and one sub-committee (Pilot Program for Climate Resilience). The NGO RESOLVE will lead the selection process on 24 April, on the occasion of the Civil Society Policy Forum to be held in Washington DC, US, from 23-26 April 2009.

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UNEP Executive Director Discusses Global Green Economy [viewed]

© UNEP20 April 2009: Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), discussed the Green Economy in a speech delivered at a university in Tel Aviv, Israel. He addressed the way technological opportunities in resource efficient, low carbon and environmentally-friendly products and processes move from ideas onto commercialization, noting the power of the market as arbiter of what society wants and needs. He stressed the role of government in “shaping and focusing markets” to deliver benefits and long-term goals.

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OAS Summit: US President Proposes Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas, Declaration of Commitment Presented [viewed]

18 April 2009: Addressing the Fifth Summit of the Americas, which took place in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, from 17-19 April 2009, US President Barack Obama proposed the creation of a new Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas “that can forge progress to a more secure and sustainable future.” The proposed partnership would promote renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the promotion of energy efficiency and investments in infrastructure and renewable sources of energy.

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UNDP to Launch Knowledge Platform to Promote Capacity Development for Policy Makers to Address Climate Change [viewed]

April 2009: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) will launch, at the end of April 2009, the Climate Community (UNDPCC), a knowledge platform to promote capacity development of policy makers working directly with activities related to climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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