Science, Assessment & Monitoring

ICAO and Amadeus Cooperate on Global Measurement of Individual Carbon Footprints from Air Travel [viewed]

Icao29 October 2009: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Amadeus, a travel industry leader in distribution and technology, have teamed to use the booking data of the over one million airline customers processed daily by Amadeus to create a global carbon footprint database for individual travelers.

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UN Secretary-General Cautiously Optimistic about Copenhagen [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon28 October 2009: In his monthly press conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that, although much work remains to be done, he is optimistic that world leaders will reach an ambitious agreement in Copenhagen.

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UN Regional Commissions Exchange Views on Climate Change Economic Impacts [viewed]

Unga27 October 2009: The UN General Assembly Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held an interactive dialogue with Heads of the UN Regional Commissions on 27 October 2009, on “regional perspectives on the economic impacts of climate change.”

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Global Legislators Organization Sets Priorities for National Climate Laws [viewed]

© GLOBE26 October 2009: National legislators from developed and developing countries agreed on key guiding principles for domestic climate change legislation during a Forum organized by GLOBE (Global Legislators Organization) and the Danish Government on 24-25 October 2009, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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UNFCCC Releases 1990-2007 National GHG Inventory Data [viewed]

21 October 2009: The Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has released a note on National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory Data for the Period 1990-2007, which proved the “continuing growth in emissions from industrialized countries.” On this basis, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer reiterated the urgent need for a “comprehensive, fair and effective deal” to be sealed in Copenhagen.

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IPCC, FAO and IFAD Hold Expert Meeting on Data for LULUCF and Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Uses [viewed]

© IPCC20 October 2009: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) are sponsoring a meeting of experts at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, from 20-22 October 2009, to provide advice on how to use international datasets to develop greenhouse gas emission and removal estimates for land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) and agriculture, forestry and other land uses (AFOLU) sectors.

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FAO Global Forest Satellite Data Made Available [viewed]

© FAO20 October 2009: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and numerous partners have made available free, high-resolution and ready-to-use satellite data as part of the Global Forest Resources Assessment.

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UNEP Synthesis Report on Biomass Science Calls for More Sophisticated Approach to Biofuels Production [viewed]

© UNEP16 October 2009: The United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management has published its first report, entitled “Towards Sustainable Production and Use of Resources: Assessing Biofuels.”

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IEA Ministerial Meeting Discusses Partnerships for Energy Challenges [viewed]

© IEA15 October 2009: The International Energy Agency (IEA) celebrated its 35th anniversary and considered the theme “Responding to Energy Challenges in Partnership” during its two-day Ministerial meeting in Paris, France, from 14-15 October 2009. The meeting gathered energy ministers from the 28 IEA member countries to share views on key energy and environment challenges. In addition, IEA partner countries China, India and Russia participated for the first time together and guest speakers Henry Kissinger and Etienne Davignon - two key founders of the IEA - and Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), helped mark the anniversary milestone.

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UNDP Launches Water Governance Programme for Arab States [viewed]

12 October 2009: The Regional Bureau for Arab States of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), jointly with the League of Arab States, organized a High-level Partners Meeting on Water Governance in Cairo, Egypt, from 12-13 October 2009.

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