Technology

WMO to Organize 2009 Conference on Oceans Observation [viewed]

6 November 2008: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

announced that a conference on Oceans Observation (OceanObs) entitled “Ocean

Information for Society: Sustaining the Benefits, Realizing the Potential,”

would take place from 21-25 September 2009, in Venice, Italy.

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European Council Adopts Directive on Inclusion of Aviation in its ETS [viewed]

27 October 2008: The European Council has adopted a

directive (document 3657/08) that includes aviation activities in the EU

greenhouse gas emission trading scheme (ETS).

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Agreement Reached on Statutes for an International Renewable Energy Agency [viewed]

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) 25 October 2008: Over 50 countries met in Madrid, Spain, from 23-24 October 2008 for the final preparatory conference for the establishment of an International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

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Documents Posted for 34th GEF Council and Climate Funds Meetings [viewed]

6 November 2008: Documents for the 34th Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meeting,

which will convene from 11-13 November 2008, in Washington DC, US, are

available online.

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ITU to Hold High-Level Events on ICTs and Climate Change [viewed]

High-Level Segment (HLS)

4 November 2008: The International Telecommunication Union's

(ITU) High-Level Segment of the Council (HLS) will take place from 12-13

November 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland, and will focus on information and

communication technologies (ICTs) and climate change.

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UNEP Co-sponsors Conference on Military's Role in Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

3 November 2008: The UN Environment Programme, (UNEP), with

the EU Member States Defense Environment Network, the US Department of Defense,

the Institute for Environmental Security, the US Environmental Protection

Agency, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Institute

for Defense Analysis, and the Environment and Security Initiative, is

co-sponsoring a meeting from 3-5 November 2008 in Paris, France, on “The

Importance of Military Organizations in Protecting the Climate: 2008.”

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IMO London Convention Parties Agree on Moratorium on Ocean Fertilization [viewed]

International Maritime Organization (IMO)

31 October 2008: The thirtieth meeting of the contracting

parties to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of

Wastes and Other Matter (London Convention) and the third meeting of the

contracting parties to the London Protocol, which met from 27-31 October 2008,

at International Maritime Organization (IMO) headquarters in London, UK,

adopted a resolution on the regulation of ocean fertilization (LC-LP.1(2008)).

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ITU Members Agree to Reduce GHG Emissions from ICT Use [viewed]

World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 31 October 2008: The World Telecommunication Standardization

Assembly of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which took place

in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 21-30 October 2008, adopted a resolution

whereby ITU members will work towards reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG)

emissions arising from the use of information and communication technologies

(ICT).

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UN Secretary-General Underlines the Economic Rationale for “Green Growth” [viewed]

Secretary-General Delivers Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture 30 October 2008: In a lecture delivered at the Rajiv Gandhi

Foundation in New Delhi, India, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined

that the financial crisis should not “become an excuse for deferring or backing

away from our fight against climate change.”

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UN Deputy Secretary-General Calls for “Unprecedented Level” of International Cooperation to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

30 October 2008: Speaking at the World Leaders Forum on

International Cooperation for Green Growth taking place on 30 October 2008, in

Seoul, Republic of Korea, UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro noted

that many of the current challenges are due to unsustainable development paths,

and highlighted the interlinkages among the food, energy and financial crises,

as well as global warming.

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