Technology

Icelandic Singer Björk Endorsees “CoolPlanet2009” Initiative [viewed]

Icelandic singer Björk 19 November 2008: The Icelandic singer Björk endorsed

“CoolPlanet2009,” an initiative recently announced by the UN Regional

Information Centre (UNRIC) for Western Europe that aims to raise public

awareness on the impacts of global warming and to mobilize support for new

commitments under climate change agreement, once the Kyoto Protocol's first

commitment period ends in 2012.

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UN Secretary General: WIPO Can Be “a Champion” in Joining Efforts to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

UN Secretary General and WIPO Director General. 18 November 2008: During his first visit to the World

Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

reaffirmed WIPO's unique role within the UN system in promoting intellectual

property, innovations and investment in new technology, which are crucial to

stimulate economic development and to tackle the current financial, climate,

food and oil crisis.

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WMO Expands Use of Commercial Aircraft to Collect Meteorological Data [viewed]

AMDAR

17 November 2008: The World Meteorological Organization

(WMO) Aircraft Meteorological Data Relay (AMDAR) Panel convened from 17-21

November 2008, in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, to discuss ways to broaden its

global coverage.

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ITU Focus Group on ICTs and Climate Change to Hold Second Meeting [viewed]

ITU and Climate Change 18 November 2008: The second meeting of the Focus Group on

information and communication technologies (ICTs) and climate change,

established by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), will convene

from 25-28 November 2008, at ITU headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

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GEF Council Re-elects Monique Barbut as CEO, Approves Climate-Related Projects [viewed]

Monique Barbut, GEF CEO & Chairperson 14 November 2008: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council re-elected Monique Barbut as CEO during its biannual meeting, which took place from 11-13 November 2008, in Washington DC, US. The Council also renewed efforts to scale up technology transfer to developing countries looking to mitigate and adapt to climate change challenges, by approving projects amounting to US$50 million for climate-related activities.

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UN Secretary-General at G20 Summit Underlines Potential to Spur Green Growth [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets today with Madeleine Albright, former United States Secretary of State, ahead of G-20 meeting 17 November 2008: On 14 and 15 November 2008, UN

Secretary-General was in Washington, DC, US, to take part in the Group of 20

(G20) Financial Summit. In a statement to the assembled leaders, Ban Ki-moon

stated that “today's financial crisis should not evolve into tomorrow's human

crisis,” adding that leaders should not use it to justify neglecting other

critical issues such as poverty and hunger, the food crisis, and climate

change.

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UNECE to Hold Meeting on Energy Efficiency Investments for Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

Energy Efficiency 21 November 2008: The Steering Committee of the UN Economic

Commission for Europe (UNECE) Energy Efficiency 21 (EE21) project will hold the

12th session of the Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency Investments

for Climate Change Mitigation in Geneva, Switzerland, on 19 December 2008.

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ITU High-Level Meeting Discusses Emerging Trends, Including Climate Change [viewed]

ITU Council 2008 14 November 2008: The 63rd Session of the International

Telecommunication Union (ITU) Council opened with a High-Level Segment on

emerging trends in the information and communication technologies (ICT) sector,

including climate change and cybersecurity.

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CDM Executive Board Releases Annotated Agenda for its 44th Meeting [viewed]

12 November 2008: The proposed annotated agenda for the 44th

meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board has been

released.

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UNIDO to Hold World Hydrogen Energy Summit [viewed]

International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies (UNIDO-ICHET)

6 November 2008: The UN Industrial Development Organization

(UNIDO) and the International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies are

jointly organizing the World Hydrogen Energy Summit, to be held in Istanbul,

Turkey, from 15-17 July 2010.

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