Technology

Climate Change will Aggravate Africa's Food Insecurity and Poverty [viewed]

Josue_dioneCalling for a new business approach to African agriculture, the UN Economic Commission for Africa's (UNECA) Director of Food Security and Sustainable Development, Josue Dione, said in Addis Ababa that climate change would aggravate the continent's food insecurity and poverty. In a paper presented at the international conference on “Science with Africa,” Dione said Africa would experience a 10 percent decrease in rainfall in Southern Africa and the Horn of Africa by 2050.

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Carbon Forum Reviews US Market, UN Negotiations [viewed]

Carbon_forum_americaEmissions trading in the US was the focus of the Carbon Forum America conference and trade show that convened in San Francisco from 26-27 February 2008. The event, which drew 1400 participants and 80 exhibitors, involved conference sessions and side events on such issues as innovation in a global market, renewable energy, low carbon generation technology, carbon capture and sequestration, the agriculture and forestry sectors, legal and accounting issues, and voluntary carbon markets.

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CTI Event Supports Climate-Friendly Technologies in Asia [viewed]

A seminar held in Beijing, China, has focused on the technical and financial aspects of project development to support climate-friendly technologies in Asia.

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MDG Carbon Facility Set to Launch First Projects [viewed]

Undp_logoThe UN Development Programme (UNDP) has announced an agreement with financial services group Fortis to launch the first projects of the MDG Carbon Facility.

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UNEP Announces Climate Neutral Network [viewed]

The Climate Neutral Network (CN Net), an initiative to catalyze international response to global warming, has been launched by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in cooperation with the UN Environment Management Group.

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UN Hosts Investor Summit on Climate Risk [viewed]

A gathering of leaders from the corporate sector has convened at UN headquarters in New York, US.

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CDM Executive Board Meets, Elect New Chair [viewed]

Rajesh_kumar_sethiThe Executive Board of the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has met recently in Bonn, Germany. The Board held its 37th meeting from 30 January-1 February 2008, and elected Rajesh Kumar Sethi (India) as the new Chair. Lex de Jonge (Netherlands) will become the Vice-Chair. Both positions are for a one-year term. The Board also appointed Chairs and Vice-Chairs for its Accreditation Panel, Methodologies Panel, Afforestation and Reforestation Working Group, and Small-Scale Working Group.

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UNFCCC Announces Dates and Venue for First Meeting of New Subsidiary Body [viewed]

Unfccc_2The Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has confirmed that the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention, and the fifth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG), will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 31 March-4 April 2008 (http://unfccc.int/meetings/items/2654.php

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UN Secretary-General says any solution to climate change should be about shaping the world's economic future [viewed]

Ban_kimoonIn his opening remarks to the Economic Club of Chicago dinner, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said climate change is the defining challenge of our era.

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General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim urges a global alliance for action [viewed]

Srgjan_kerim Speaking in advance of the UN General Assembly's thematic debate on climate change, General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim called for a “common vision, a global consensus, a global alliance for action.”

President Kerim said “our aim is to support that process” and to keep up the momentum created by the Bali roadmap.

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