Technology

ITU Urges ICT Industry and Standards Leaders to Reduce their Carbon Footprint [viewed]

Global Standards Symposium meets in Johannesburg

21 October 2008: Speaking at the International

Telecommunication Union (ITU) Global Standards Symposium, held on 20 October

2008, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Malcolm Johnson, ITU Telecommunication

Standardization Bureau Director, called on the information and communication

technology (ICT) industry to play its role in addressing climate change.

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IEA Publishes Book on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage [viewed]

CO2 Capture and Storage 20 October 2008: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a new study on carbon dioxide (CO2) Capture and Storage (CCS). The study, which was released on 20 October 2008, considers aspects such as CO2 transport and storage, CCS demonstration, financial and regulatory incentives, development of legal and regulatory frameworks, public awareness and acceptance, international co-operation, and CCS Roadmaps, as well as the role of CCS in ambitious new energy scenarios that aim for substantial emissions

reduction.

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UN and EU Partnership – Highlights of Development Successes [viewed]

16 October 2008: The UN team in Brussels has released its

third annual report, which details UN/EU partnership achievements. The report

is based on inputs collected from UN country offices around the world. Emphasis

is placed on the support that the UN and EU provide to national development

strategies and initiatives related to strengthening national capacities.

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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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