Technology

Global Climate Observing System Steering Committee Convenes [viewed]

17 October 2008: The sixteenth session of the Global Climate

Observing System (GCOS) Steering Committee took place from 14-17 October 2008,

in Geneva, Switzerland. The GCOS Steering Committee is a group of experts

selected for their personal expertise and appointed jointly by the GCOS

sponsoring organizations – the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the

International Council for Science (ICSU) – to formulate the overall concept and

scope of GCOS and to provide scientific and technical guidance to the

sponsoring and participating agencies for the planning, implementation and

further development of GCOS. Committee members were presented with an overview

of key activities over the past year and with feedback from sponsors regarding

future development of GCOS.

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UN Global Compact and UNEP Convene First Meeting of ‘Caring for Climate' Initiative [viewed]

Nukunonu Atoll seaside, one of the regions of the world vulnerable to climate change 21 October 2008: Representatives of over 150 corporations,

civil society organizations, governments and UN agencies gathered in Geneva,

Switzerland, on 21 October 2008, for the first meeting of signatories to

‘Caring for Climate,' a voluntary global action platform jointly launched in

2007 by the UN Global Compact, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

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Successful Connection of the UNFCCC ITL, EU CITL and EU ETS Registries [viewed]

Registry systems under the Kyoto Protocol 16 October 2008: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced that

it is on schedule to complete the live connection of its International

Transaction Log (ITL) with the EU Community Independent Transaction Log (CITL)

and 26 EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) registries.

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FAO/IAEA Highlight Role of Nuclear Technology in Developing Climate-Resilient Crops [viewed]

New Plant Varieties Developed to Thrive Despite Climate Change 19 October 2008: On World Food Day, celebrated on 18

October, the Joint UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)/International

Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Division of Nuclear techniques in Food and

Agriculture (NAFA) highlighted the role of nuclear technology in developing new

crop varieties that can withstand climate-induced external stress, such as

drought, and thereby contributing to achieving sustainable food security.

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UN Secretary General: EU's Climate Actions Could Spur “Green” Growth [viewed]

17 October 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated

that EU proposals on tackling climate change could spur “green” growth and

generate millions of new jobs.

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ESCAP Executive Secretary: Political Will Needed for Asia-Pacific to Switch to a “Virtuous Cycle of Sustainable Energy” [viewed]

UN Under-Secretary-General Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific 17 October 2008: Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), gave a presentation at a discussion entitled “Securing Asia's Energy Future” held by the Asia Society, in New York, US, on 16 October.

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Countries Selected for World Bank's Climate Investment Funds' Governing Bodies [viewed]

17 October 2008: Two sets of seven donor countries and seven potential recipient countries have been selected to serve on the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) Trust Fund Committee and the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) Trust Fund Committee, respectively, to oversee the decisions concerning investments and implementation of the recently created World Bank Climate Investment Funds (CIF).

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ITTO Organizes Regional Forum on Wood-Based Bioenergy [viewed]

Asia Pacific Regional Forum on Promoting Wood-Based Bioenergy Using Wood Residues and Waste 17 October 2008: The Asia Pacific Regional Forum on Promoting Wood-Based Bioenergy Using Wood Residues and Waste, which was held from 14-17 October 2008, in Jakarta, Indonesia, was organized by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO).

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World Food Day: UN Officials Address Linkages between Hunger, Surging Food and Fuel Prices and Climate Change [viewed]

World Food Day, 16 October 2008 16 October 2008: On World Food Day (WFD), the heads of UN agencies called attention to the ongoing crisis of hunger and its interrelations with climate change and rising fuel prices.

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On World Food Day, CBD's Executive Secretary Addresses the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy [viewed]

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), 15 October 2008: In his message on the occasion of World Food Day, celebrated on 16 October 2008, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), stressed that “biodiversity, the foundation of all crops and domesticated livestock and the variety within them, is the basis for providing stability to agriculture.”

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