Technology

UN Secretary-General Urges G8 to Focus on Climate Change [viewed]

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July 2008: In a series of statements and articles over the past two weeks, UN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has emphasized the linkages between the food

crisis, climate change and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals

(MDGs).

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UNEP Report: Global Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment 2008 [viewed]

Global Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment 2008 1 July 2008: The

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched the Report Global

Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment 2008: Analysis of Trends and Issues in

the Financing of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. The Report notes

record breaking investment levels in the sustainable energy sector during 2007,

with over US$148 billion of new investment, an increase of 60% over 2006,

largely driven by wind power.

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UNGA President Underscores Importance of Climate Change [viewed]

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8 July 2008: The UN General Assembly

(UNGA) met informally on 8 July 2008, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, to

consider the theme “Climate Change and the Most Vulnerable Countries - the

Imperative to Act.”

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UNICEF: J8 Representatives Present Proposals on Climate Change, Poverty and Development, and Global Health to G8 Leaders [viewed]

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July 2008: Nine young people representing the participants in the “Junior 8” (J8)

Summit, held in Chitose City, Hokkaido, Japan, from 2-9 July 2008, presented

their proposals for global development to the leaders of the Group of Eight Industrialized

Countries (G8), in an initiative led by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

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ITU and Microsoft to Collaborate on Achieving Development Goals [viewed]

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June 2008: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Microsoft held

discussions on extending the collaboration between the two organizations to

help achieve development goals, inter

alia, through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

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Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Pakistan Ministry of Environment and Japan Carbon Finance Ltd Sign CDM Memorandum of Understanding [viewed]

JBIC Signs a MOU on the Kyoto Mechanisms with the Ministry of Environment

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July 2008: The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) has signed a

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Pakistan's Ministry of Environment and

Japan Carbon Finance Limited (JCF) to promote the Clean Development Mechanism

(CDM) in Pakistan and to support Japanese entities in their acquisition of the

carbon credits generated by the CDM projects.

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Fund Launched to Conserve Congo Basin Rainforest [viewed]

17 June 2008: The Congo Basin

Forest Fund, a multi-donor facility established to take action to protect the

forests in the Congo Basin region, was launched in London, UK. The Fund will be

used over a ten-year period, up to 2018, to finance the

Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC) Action-Plan in ten different

strategic areas aimed at conserving the Congo Basin rainforest.

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UNEP and Daimler Call for Infrastructure for Electric and Fuel-cell Vehicles [viewed]

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4 July 2008: At the

fifth Magdeburg Environmental Forum held from 3-4 July 2008, in Magdeburg,

Germany, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and car manufacturer

Daimler called for the establishment of infrastructure for electric and

fuel-cell vehicles.

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Thirteenth World Water Congress to Convene in September 2008 [viewed]

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July 2008:

The thirteenth World Water Congress will take place in Montpellier, France, from 1-4

September 2008, and will be organized under the theme “Global Changes and Water

Resources: Confronting the Expanding and Diversifying Pressures.”

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UNITAR Organizes Workshop on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

5 July 2008: The Workshop on Biodiversity and Climate Change took place from 29 June to 4 July 2008, in Kushiro, Japan. It was co-organized by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Kushiro International Wetland Centre, in partnership with the Japan-UNDP Partnership Fund and the Secretariats of the Ramsar Convention and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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