Technology

UNIDO Organizes Eco-cities Forum [viewed]

Eco - Cities of the Mediterranean Forum 2008 August 2008: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is organizing, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment of Jordan, an “Eco-cities Forum,” which will take place from 18-20 October 2008, at the Dead Sea in Jordan. The Forum aims to promote awareness, best practices, investment opportunities and technology transfer in the environmental sector in Jordan as well as among municipalities in the Mediterranean region.

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CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin Issue 4 Released [viewed]

The issue No. 4 of the CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin features an essay by Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), entitled, With the global house on fire, there is no time to lose at the UN Climate Change Talks in Accra. 22

August 2008: IISD Reporting Services is pleased to announce that the newest

issue of CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin is now available. To access the fourth issue

directly, click here. To read past issues and to sign up to receive the Bulletin, click here.

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UNFCCC Climate Change Talks Open in Accra [viewed]

His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor, President of Ghana, addresses delegates during the opening ceremony. 21 August 2008: Over 1600 participants are attending the UN

climate change negotiations that opened in Accra, Ghana, and that are scheduled

to conclude on 27 August 2008.

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FAO Calls for Information on Underutilized Bioenergy Crops [viewed]

Global Partnership Initiative for Plant Breeding Capacity Building August 2008: The Global Partnership Initiative for Plant Breeding Capacity Building (GIPB), a platform and partnership of public, private and civil society institutions hosted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in collaboration with the FAO Inter-Departmental Working Group on Bioenergy, has called for expanded, up-to-date information on genetic resources and breeding of selected underutilized species, together with detailed analysis of their potential as bioenergy crops adaptable to sustainable smallholder production systems.

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“New-look” UNFCCC Newsletter Published [viewed]

New-look UNFCCC newsletter

August 2008: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a new-look

newsletter, which, in addition to sections on mitigation, adaptation, finance

and technology, includes a special focus on reducing emissions from

deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and a summary of

key UNFCCC statements.

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IAEA Deputy Director General Stresses the Potential Role of Induced Mutations in Plants in Curbing Climate Change Effects [viewed]

Mr. Werner Burkart, IAEA Deputy Director General, Head of the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications. Photo credit, IAEA 12 August 2008: In a speech delivered during the opening of the Food and Agriculture Organization/International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) International Symposium on Induced Mutations in Plants, Werner Burkart, IAEA

Deputy Director General, noted that in 2008, the international community became conscience of the links between climate change, the food and energy crises and hunger.

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Young Somalis Should Engage in Tackling Climate Change [viewed]

Youth can help curb climate change effects in Somalia

12 August 2008: On the occasion of International Youth Day,

celebrated on 12 August, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Somalia Deputy

Representative, Hannan Sulieman, underscored the role young people can play in

helping to tackle climate change.

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CBD Notification on Preparations for the Global Biodiversity Outlook [viewed]

7 August 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on

Biological Diversity (CBD) has notified organizations participating in the

Biodiversity Indicators Partnership about the timetable for preparing the third

edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-3) and has invited these

organizations to make the latest scientific information available for the

Outlook.

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CBD Invites Submissions on Experiences on Tools Relevant to the Sustainable Production and Use of Biofuels [viewed]

Request for submissions of information on experiences on the development and application of tools relevant to the sustainable production and use of biofuels 6 August 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited submissions regarding experiences in the

development and application of tools relevant to the sustainable production and

use of biofuels, as well as relevant information from research on, and

monitoring of, the positive and negative impacts of the production and use of

biofuels on biodiversity and related socioeconomic aspects, including those

related to indigenous and local communities.

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IAEA/FAO organize International Symposium on Induced Mutations in Plants [viewed]

International Symposium on Induced Mutations in Plants (ISIM)

11 August 2008: The International Atomic Energy Agency

(IAEA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are organizing

an International Symposium on Induced Mutations in Plants, from 12-15 August

2008, in Vienna, Austria. The event will bring together scientists to focus on

the latest innovations aimed at improving crop productivity in an effort to

solve the food and energy crises.

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