Sustainable Development

UNGA Member States Highlight Vulnerability and Special Needs of LDCs and SIDS [viewed]

26 September 2009: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) annual high-level debate heard several leaders of small island developing States (SIDS) and least developed countries (LDCs) focusing on climate change.

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G-20 Leaders Commit to Tackle Energy and Climate Change [viewed]

© U.S. Department of State25 September 2009: Leaders of countries representing 85 percent of the world's economy agreed on commitments on climate change and energy, among others, during the G-20 Summit held on 24-25 September 2009, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US.

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UNDESA and Regional Development Banks Launch Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport [viewed]

25 September 2009: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank are among more than 30 members of the new Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT).

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GEF and UNEP Launch Global Platform for Efficient Lighting [viewed]

© GEF25 September 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have launched the “Global Market Transformation for Efficient Lighting Platform,” a public-private partnership directed at reducing global energy demand for lighting.

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Small Island States Highlight Climate Change Challenges [viewed]

Winston Baldwin Spencer, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda - © UN25 September 2009: Addressing the General Assembly's annual General Debate, small island States' leaders warned that their very existence may be at stake if urgent measures are not introduced to slash greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to rising global temperatures.

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UNEP Releases 2009 Climate Change Compendium [viewed]

© UNEP24 September 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report entitled “Climate Change Science Compendium 2009.” The report, compiled in association with scientists around the world, reviews some 400 major scientific contributions to our understanding of Earth Systems and climate change that have been released through peer-reviewed literature, or from research institutions, over the last three years.

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Train from Kyoto to Copenhagen to Raise Awareness [viewed]

© Train to Copenhagen 200924 September 2009: UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Union of Railways (UIC) and WWF launched a symbolic one-month and nearly 9,000 kilometre-long train journey from Kyoto to Copenhagen to document the impacts of climate change and raise awareness of low-carbon transport solutions.

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UNEP Publishes Global Green New Deal Update [viewed]

© UNEP24 September 2009: A Global Green New Deal update by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), launched on the eve of the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh, US, shows that the economies of China and the Republic of Korea are emerging as global leaders in their commitments to invest significant parts of their stimulus packages in environmental projects.

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CDM Methodologies Panel Report Released [viewed]

© UNFCCC24 September 2009: The report of the 40th meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Methodologies Panel (Meth Panel) has been released and is now available on the CDM website.

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IFPRI Publishes Papers on Climate Change and Economic Growth in Zambia, Agricultural Vulnerability in South Africa [viewed]

© IFPRISeptember 2009: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has recently published two papers modeling the impact of climate variability and change on economic growth in Zambia, and mapping the vulnerability of South Africa's farming sector to climate change.

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