Energy

UN Secretary-General Stresses Role of Private Sector in Combating Climate Change at Global Compact's Board Meeting [viewed]

© UN24 July 2009: In a message delivered to UN Global Compact Board members meeting in New York, US, by his Deputy Chef de Cabinet, Kim Won-soo, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that the Compact makes “a critical contribution to advancing the UN agenda,” in particular in tackling climate change.

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UN Secretary-General Focuses on Climate Change in China [viewed]

24 July 2009: The UN Secretary-General made a two-day official visit to China, during which he focused on climate change. In the morning of 24 July 2009, he participated in the launch of the “Green Lights” programme, which promotes energy-saving lighting that could cut China's energy consumption by 8%. He stated that China's approach to climate change can demonstrate to the world that the country is ready to take up a global leadership role in the 21st century.

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UNCTAD and UNDP Publish CDM Guide in Brazil [viewed]

© UNDP23 July 2009: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) presented a revised and expanded version of the Guide to the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in Brazil, a guide commissioned by Brazil's Ministry of Science and Technology and drawn up under the sponsorship of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

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CBD Calls for Government Representatives to Participate in GRULAC Workshop on Biofuels [viewed]

© CBD23 July 2009: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity is organizing a regional workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean on Ways and Means to Promote the Sustainable Production and Use of Biofuels, to be tentatively held from 28-30 September 2009, in São Paulo, Brazil.

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UN Secretary-General to Focus on Climate Change During Trip to China and Mongolia [viewed]

20 July 2009: The UN Secretary-General is scheduled to travel to China on 24 July 2009, where he will meet with Chinese President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and other Chinese officials in Beijing, and participate in a number of climate change-related programmes, including a “Green Light” event focusing on energy efficient technologies.

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Ozone Meeting Begins Discussion on HFC Phase-Down [viewed]

Launch of the “Transition to CFC-free inhalers Awareness Package for National Ozone Units in developing countries.” L-R: Patrick McInerney, (Australia); Maqsood Akhtar, (Pakistan); Marco González, Ozone Secretariat Executive Secretary; Rajendra Shende, UNEP OzoneAction; and Helen Tope, Co-Chair Medical Options Committee, Australia.20 July 2009: The 29th meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 29) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer convened in Geneva, Switzerland, from 15-18 July 2009. Discussions at OEWG 29 were dominated by consideration of a proposal submitted jointly by the Federated States of Micronesia and Mauritius (UNEP/OzL.Pro.WG.1/29/8) to amend the Montreal Protocol to include destruction of ozone depleting substance (ODS) banks and phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

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IMO Circulates Interim Measures to Reduce GHG from International Shipping [viewed]

© IMO17 July 2009: The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) held its 59th session from 13-17 July 2009, in London, UK, and agreed to circulate interim voluntary measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping. The MEPC also issued a work plan of market-based instruments to offset growing emissions in other sectors and to serve as an incentive for the industry to invest in more fuel-efficient technologies.

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Ozone Secretariat Convenes Two Climate Change-Related Workshops [viewed]

© The dais during the openening of OEWG-2916 July 2009: The Ozone Secretariat convened a workshop on the management and destruction of ozone-depleting substance (ODS) banks and the implications for climate change on 13 July 2009, followed by a workshop for a dialogue on high global warming potential alternatives to ODS on 14 July 2009. Both meetings were held in Geneva, Switzerland, in advance of the 29th meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG-29) to the Montreal Protocol, which is taking place from 15-18 July 2009.

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Press Conference on Climate Talks at G8 Summit Held at UN Headquarters [viewed]

15 July 2009: At a press conference on the results of the recent meeting of the Group of Eight (G8) and the Major Economies Forum (MEF), which took place in Italy, Janos Pasztor, Director of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team, underscored that countries still had some “formidable differences” to bridge in order to “seal a deal” in Copenhagen in December. Among the key outcomes of these meetings, he referred to: the two degrees Celsius target endorsed by the leaders attending; the agreement to establish a global partnership to drive transformational low-carbon, climate-friendly technologies; the promise to increase dramatically the necessary investments in research and development; and the consideration of establishing a “Green Fund.”

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UN Secretary-General Calls for the Non-Aligned Movement's Support to Move Toward a Greener Economy [viewed]

© NAM15 July 2009: In a speech to the High-Level Segment of the 15th Non-Aligned Movement Summit, which took place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, from 15-16 July 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that, just as when the Non-Aligned Movement was founded, the world today faces complex crises threatening development and security. He pointed to the severe economic and financial crisis, and the effort to “Seal the Deal” on climate change in Copenhagen later this year.

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