Technology

New UNIDO Report Addresses Climate Change, Industrialization and the Bottom Billion [viewed]

Breaking in and moving up: New industrial challenges for the bottom billion and the middle-income countries

23 February 2009: The UN Industrial Development Organization has launched its annual Industrial Development Report, titled “Breaking in and moving up: New industrial challenges for the bottom billion and the middle-income countries.” Although climate change is not the main focus of report, reference is made to how countries can help address the environmental consequences of industrial growth.

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IPCC Posts Documents for its 30th Session [viewed]

23 February 2009: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Secretariat has posted documents in preparation for its 30th session, which will take place from 21-23 April 2009, in Antalya, Turkey. The meeting will focus on the future of the IPCC, in particular the scoping of the Fifth Assessment Report.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Provisional Annotated Agenda for AWG-LCA5 [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat

February 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the provisional annotated agenda for the fifth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA5), which will take place from 29 March-8 April 2009, in Bonn, Germany (FCCC/AWGLCA/2009/1).

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UNECE to Organize Workshop on Energy Efficiency in Housing [viewed]

 UNECE announces the first Workshop on energy efficiency in housing

February 2009: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is organizing a workshop on energy efficiency in housing, from 21-22 April 2009, in Sofia, Bulgaria. The workshop will bring together representatives from governments, the private sector and academia to provide UNECE member States with policy guidance and suggestions on how to increase energy efficiency in the housing sector.

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Pacific Ministerial Forum Calls for Enhanced ICT Role in Disaster Preparedness [viewed]

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

20 February 2009: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) organized the Pacific ICT Ministerial Forum, titled “Connecting the Unconnected,” which convened in Nukualofa, Tonga, from 17-20 February 2009.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Documents for AWG-KP7 [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat

18 February 2009: In preparation for the seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP7), scheduled to take place from 29 March-8 April 2009, in Bonn, Germany, the UNFCCC Secretariat has released the provisional agenda and annotations for the meeting (FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/1).

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UNCTAD Meeting Addresses Maritime Transport and the Climate Change Challenge [viewed]

Maritime Transport and the Climate Change Challenge

19 February 2009: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) organized a meeting entitled “Maritime Transport and the Climate Change Challenge,” from 16-18 February 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland. Experts attending the gathering underlined that, although seaborne vessels' engines currently contribute between 1.6% and 4.1% of global carbon dioxide emissions, these may triple by 2050, and called for steps to limit the climate-change impact of maritime transport.

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First JI Project Verifier Accredited [viewed]

18 February 2009: The Kyoto Protocol's joint implementation (JI) mechanism has accredited its first third party verifier, TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH, which will determine the acceptability of emission reduction projects and verify emission reductions achieved.

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IPCC Sets Dates for Fifth Assessment Scoping Meeting [viewed]

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

17 February 2009: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Secretariat is organizing a scoping meeting for its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) from 13-17 July 2009, in Venice, Italy.

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WMO-Sponsored New Radiosonde to Shed Light on Climate Change [viewed]

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

9 February 2009: A new radiosonde will be developed under the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Reference Upper-air Network (GRUAN) to allow more accurate measurements of temperature and humidity trends in the atmosphere. GRUAN is being developed by GCOS, which is sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) jointly with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the UN Environment Programme and the International Council for Science.

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