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World Bank Releases Technical Report on Development and Climate Change [viewed]

World Bank Releases Technical Report on Development and Climate Change

28 January 2009: The World Bank has released an extensive technical report that serves as a background document for its strategic framework for climate change approved in 2008, titled “Development and Climate Change: A Strategic Framework for the World Bank Group.”

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European Commission Releases Proposals for “Comprehensive Climate Change Agreement in Copenhagen” [viewed]

European Commission

28 January 2009: The European Commission has released a communication entitled “Towards a comprehensive climate change agreement in Copenhagen,” which sets out proposals to achieve the EU's objective to ensure that global average temperature does not increase more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels. It addresses three key challenges: targets by developed countries and appropriate actions by developing countries; the need to address the financing of actions by developing countries (both to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change); and the need to build an effective global carbon market.

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International Renewable Energy Agency Established [viewed]

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

27 January 2009: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) held its founding conference in Bonn, Germany, on 26 January 2009, bringing together representatives from over 100 governments. IRENA was set up to promote renewable energy worldwide and help create conditions for renewable energy development.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Addresses UK Parliamentarians: 2009 the Year of Climate Change and of Opportunity [viewed]

UNFCCC Executive Secretary: “2009, the year of climate change, is also the year of opportunity.”

26 January 2009: In an address to UK Parliamentarians, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, underlined that the need for urgent action on climate change has become “abundantly clear” and that a political solution to the world's most pressing problem is critical for humanity's further development as a whole, and especially for the world's poorest and most vulnerable. Recognizing that the Poznan climate conference of December 2008 had not been marked by any major political outcomes, he noted that it made progress in a number of specific areas of work, including the adoption of the Poznan Strategic Programme on Technology Transfer and the operationalization of the Adaptation Fund, and fully endorsed an intensified negotiating schedule for 2009. 

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Denmark Launches COP15 Website [viewed]

15th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP15) and Fifth Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP5)

26 January 2009: The Danish Government, which will host the 15th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP15) and Fifth Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP5) in December 2009 in Copenhagen, has launched a host country website.

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UNIDO and EurAsEC to Cooperate on Climate Change, Energy and the Environment [viewed]

UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

23 January 2009: Kandeh Yumkella, UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Director-General, and Tair Mansurov, Secretary-General of the Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC), have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) between the two organizations, at UNIDO headquarters in Vienna, Austria. The MoC provides new cooperation prospects between UNIDO and EurAsEC countries in areas such as: energy and climate change; the environment, including water management; agro-industries; trade capacity building and private sector development.

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IFAD Discusses Opportunities and Risks of Biotechnologies [viewed]

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

21 January 2009: Ides Willebois, on behalf of Leonard Båge, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), delivered a statement to the German Bundestag outlining IFAD's perspective on the risks and opportunities of agro-biotechnology and other agricultural technologies.

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UNFCCC Releases Venezuela's Position on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage in Geological Formations as CDM Project Activities [viewed]

January 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an addendum containing the position of Venezuela on the issue of carbon dioxide capture and storage in geologic formations as Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project activities established in the Kyoto Protocol under discussion in the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (FCCC/SBSTA/2008/MISC.10/Add.1).

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UNFCCC Adds Project Tracking Feature to its CDM Website [viewed]

UNFCCC Adds Project Tracking Feature to its CDM Website

23 January: The UNFCCC Secretariat has added a tracking feature to the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) website, through which stakeholders are provided with information updates on the status of projects submitted for registration and undergoing the completeness check process. 

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UN-ESCWA to Organize Meeting on Promotion of Renewable Energy Applications [viewed]

UN-ESCWA to Organize Meeting on Promotion of Renewable Energy Applications. Picture credit: Ahmad S. Qader

January 2009: The UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (UN-ESCWA) is organizing an Expert Group Meeting on “Best Practices and Measures for Promoting Renewable Energy Applications in ESCWA Region,” scheduled to take place from 3-4 February 2009, in Beirut, Lebanon. Back to back with the meeting, the UN-ESCWA Committee on Energy will convene its seventh session from 5-6 February.

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