Technology

UNIDO: Director-General Outlines Climate Change Challenge to Industrial Development Board [viewed]

Kandeh_yumkella14 May 2008: In his opening statement to the thirty-fourth session of UNIDO's Industrial Development Board, UNIDO Director-General Kandeh K. Yumkella said the accelerating process of global climate change is “ possibly the most pervasive and irreversible global crisis.” He said the global energy crisis was also significant because of its widespread implications, especially on industry, and pointed out other global challenges, including food and global instability, as the major challenges that UNIDO has been asked to assist the international community to resolve.

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World Bank Members Reach Agreement on Climate Investment Funds [viewed]

World_banks_global_consultations23 May 2008: Representatives from 40 donor and developing countries, meeting in Potsdam, Germany, reached an agreement on the creation of two international investment funds that will provide innovative financing for developing countries to pursue cleaner development paths and protect themselves from the impacts of climate change.

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UNDP-GEF Release Publication on Wind Energy [viewed]

Wind_energy_reportMay 2008: A new report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) highlights lessons learned from international experience on the promotion of wind energy.The report notes that 75% of installed wind energy capacity is found in just five countries. The report underscores the role of promoting policies to reduce costs, improve revenues and reduce risk for promoters, and the importance of market access and feed-in laws for providing long-term stability and predictability.

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Fifth European Union (EU) / Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Summit Addresses Climate Change [viewed]

Logo_cumbre18 May 2008: The Fifth European Union (EU) / Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Summit took place in Lima, Peru, from 16-17 May 2008. The Summit developed the “Lima Declaration on Addressing our Peoples' Priorities Together,” which addresses, among others, poverty, inequality, inclusion, climate change, environment and energy.

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UNIDO: Global Renewable Energy Forum Report [viewed]

Global_renewable_energy_forum21 May 2008: The Global Renewable Energy Forum was held at the Bourbon Cataratas Hotel, in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, from 18-21 May 2008.

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UN: World Environment Day to be observed with Theme of “Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy” [viewed]

World_environment_day_2008_logoMay 2008: In the lead up to World Environment Day, which will be observed on 5 June 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon likened fossil fuel dependence to a dangerous addiction, saying “addiction is a terrible thing. It consumes and controls us, makes us deny important truths and blinds us to the consequences of our actions. Our world is in the grip of a dangerous carbon habit.” This year, World Environment Day will be hosted in Wellington, New Zealand, under the theme “Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy.”

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UNDP Calls for Climate-Friendly Solutions to be Exhibited at the Poznan Climate Meetings [viewed]

Unfccc8 May 2008: In advance of the fourteenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the fourth Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, to be held in December 2008 in Poznan, Poland, UNDP Poland has called for the submission of innovative climate-friendly solutions and best practices to be exhibited during the meeting.

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ITU: ICT Part of Climate Change Solution [viewed]

Gaid 18 May 2008: “Information and Communication Technologies are gaining importance in addressing climate change and the food crisis” said International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré at the third annual meeting of the UN Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (GAID), held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 18-20 May 2008.

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UNESCO: International Conference on Groundwater and Climate in Africa [viewed]

Groundwater_climate_in_africaThis Conference, which is supported by the International Hydrological Programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-IHP), will be held in Kampala, Uganda, from 24-28 June 2008.

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UNFCCC Prepares for Bonn Meetings [viewed]

Unfccc15 May 2008: Preparations for the twenty-eighth sessions of the Subsidiary Bodies and other related meetings in Bonn in June are underway, with the UNFCCC Secretariat posting the annotated agenda for the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention, along with the agendas for the Subsidiary Body for Implementation, the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice , and the agenda for the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol.

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