Sustainable Development

Experts at UN Press Conference Discuss Climate Change's Effects on Water [viewed]

Unlogo6 November 2009: Speaking at a UN Headquarters press conference, in New York, US, on 6 November 2009, Colin Chartres, Director General of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CIGAR) at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), warned that although some countries might get more rainfall as a result of climate change, those depending on snowmelt could expect water levels to drop by up to 30%.

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Climate Investment Funds to Channel US$1.1 Billion for Climate Change in Africa [viewed]

afdb5 November 2009: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) will invest US$1.1 billion to integrate climate risk and resilience into development planning, achieve renewable energy goals, and pursue low carbon growth in Africa.

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CDM Small-Scale Working Group Publishes Report of 23rd Meeting [viewed]

UNFCCC5 November 2009: The report and annexes of the 23rd meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Small Scale Working Group (SSC WG) have been released. The meeting took place from 27-30 October 2009, in Bonn, Germany, and considered issues relating to baseline and monitoring methodologies for small-scale CDM project activities.

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Event: Seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference [viewed]

The Seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference, convened by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE, or UNECE) Committee on Environmental Policy, is being prepared in accordance with the provisions of Reform Plan of the “Environment for Europe” process. This Conference will consider two main themes: “the sustainable management of water and water-related ecosystems” and “greening the economy: mainstreaming the environment into economic development.” Under the second theme, discussions will focus on the reduction of carbon emissions, energy efficiency, sustainable consumption and production, and the reconfiguration of financing and infrastructure to better accommodate environmental considerations. While the Astana Ministerial Conference is expected to address identified environmental issues of common concern in the UNECE region, the Conference provides an opportunity to address priority environmental issues in the Central Asian sub-region.  

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EU-US Summit Dominated by Climate Change [viewed]

climate-summit-at-the-white-house3 November 2009: Climate change featured in several outcomes of the first EU-US Summit since the Obama Administration took office.

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Five States Join UN-REDD [viewed]

Un-redd2 November 2009: Argentina, Cambodia, Ecuador, Nepal and Sri Lanka have joined the UN-REDD initiative (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries), which aims to combat climate change by creating incentives for poorer countries to reverse the trend of deforestation and invest in more sustainable forms of development.

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UN/ISDR Convenes Workshop on Guidelines for Social Communicators on Disaster Risk Reduction and Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

Un-isdr23 October 2009: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) convened a workshop on Guidelines for Social Communicators on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Adaptation to Climate Change, from 21-22 October 2009, in Havana, Cuba. 

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CDM Methodologies Panel Releases Report of 41st Meeting [viewed]

UNFCCC29 October 2009: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Methodologies Panel (Meth Panel) has published the report of its 41st meeting, which convened from 19-23 October 2009, in Bonn, Germany.

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ITU Highlights ICTs as Part of the Climate Solution [viewed]

Itu Logo29 October 2009: As participants prepare for the Barcelona Climate Change Talks, which will convene from 2-6 November 2009, in Barcelona, Spain, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has highlighted the critical importance of including information and communication technologies (ICTs) as part of the climate solution.

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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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