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FAO Conference on Water in Africa in the Context of Climate Change Opens [viewed]

Conference on Water in Africa in the Context of Climate Change

15 December 2008: Speaking at the conference on “Water for Agriculture and Energy in Africa: The Challenges of Climate Change,” taking place in Sirte, Libya, from 15-17 December 2008, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf stressed the importance of water management for food security. During the event, ministers from 53 African countries will consider a “Blue Revolution” programme designed to harness Africa's largely untapped water resources.

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Poznań Climate Conference Lays Foundation for Copenhagen Deal [viewed]

L-R: Lech Kacynski, President of Poland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer walking to the opening plenary. 13 December 2008: The UN Climate Change Conference concluded early in the morning on 13 December 2008, in Poznań, Poland, with a clear commitment from governments to shift into full negotiating mode next year in order to shape an international response to climate change.

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Governments to Not Backslide on Previous Commitments [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 11 December 2008: In a press conference in Poznań, Poland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted progress achieved at the climate change talks, but stressed that much more needs to be done. He called on governments not to “backslide” on previous commitments and emphasized the need for: deep cuts in emissions to stabilize our climate; assistance for developing countries in dealing with mitigation and adaptation; a dramatic increase of financial and technological resources; and institutions that can support these efforts.

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World Bank Releases Report on Latin American and Caribbean Responses to Climate Change [viewed]

Global financial & climate crises 10 December 2008: The World Bank released a new report entitled “Low Carbon, High Growth: Latin American Responses to Climate Change.” The study argues that a shift towards low carbon activities could enhance the region's competitiveness and contribute to a faster recovery from the current economic meltdown.

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UN Environment Management Group Discuss Climate Neutral UN [viewed]

10 December 2008: The 14th Senior Officials Meeting of the Environment Management Group (EMG) convened on 10 December 2008, in Poznań, Poland. Participants discussed: implementation of the 2007 commitment by the Chief Executives Board on moving towards a climate-neutral UN, including the development of a Climate Neutral Knowledge Management website that will document individual agency's greenhouse gas emissions and reductions; the cost implications and budgetary modalities of purchasing carbon offsets; and future EMG work, including a possible strategic process and the strategy for implementation of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification and the 2010 biodiversity targets.

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World Bank Holds Global Forum on Flaring Reduction and Natural Gas Utilization [viewed]

Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership

5 December 2008: A meeting of the Global Forum on Flaring Reduction and Natural Gas Utilization convened from 4-5 December 2008, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Led by the World Bank, the Global Gas Flaring Reduction partnership (GGFR) found evidence of a decline in global gas flaring, while calling for oil producing countries and companies to keep up the momentum and redouble efforts in gas flaring reduction to reduce greenhouse emissions.

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UNECE and FAO Conduct Workshop on Woody Biomass [viewed]

 Woody biomass – the fuel of choice for Serbia 11 December 2008: Wood-based energy bears significant potential as a fuel source for Serbia and other South-East European countries, concluded a workshop entitled “Woody Biomass - the Fuel Choice for Serbia,” held from 2-3 December 2008, in Belgrade, Serbia.

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UNEP Compiles CDM Year End Snapshot [viewed]

Global Year-End Snapshot of the Clean Development Mechanism 2008 11 December 2008: The Year End Snapshot of the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), compiled by the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Risø Centre, reveals that worldwide over 4,200 CDM projects have been developed or are in operation.

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UN Secretary-General at Poznań Climate Change Conference Calls for a Green New Deal [viewed]

L-R: UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo do Boer and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 11 December 2008: Speaking at the opening of the High-level Segment of the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, taking place in Poznań, Poland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the urgency to take action, and called for renewed global solidarity to tackle the financial and climate change crises, calling the latter “the defining challenge of our era.”

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UNDP and France Create ClimSat Partnership [viewed]

UN Development Programme (UNDP) 10 December 2008: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the Government of France and the regional government of Brittany, has created the ClimSat partnership. This new regional initiative – a network of public and private satellite providers – aims to offer satellite images free of charge to communities in 50 regions across the world to improve the monitoring of deforestation, desertification, changing rainfall patterns and other phenomena.

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