Sustainable Development

WIPO Conference Discusses Role of Innovation in Mitigating Climate Change [viewed]

© WIPO13 July 2009: During the Conference on Intellectual Property and Public Policy Issues held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 13-14 July 2009, and organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), participants discussed the role of intellectual property (IP) in promoting the development and diffusion of green technologies to combat climate change.

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AOSIS Calls on Major Economies to Adopt More Ambitious and Concrete Targets [viewed]

© UN-DESA SIDS10 July 2009: In a press conference held at UN Headquarters in New York, US, Dessima Williams, Permanent Representative of Grenada and Chairperson of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), welcomed the statements on climate change made by the leaders of the G8 industrialized economies and the 17 participants in the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, who met in L'Aquila, Italy, noting they signal their growing and positive engagement with the on-going negotiations.

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ECOSOC High-Level Segment Adopts Ministerial Declaration [viewed]

9 July 2009: The High-Level Segment of the 2009 substantive session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which met from 6-9 July 2009 in Geneva, Switzerland, concluded its consideration of current global and national trends and their impact on social development, including health, and adopted a Ministerial Declaration that highlights current and emerging challenges that are inter-twined with public health issues, including climate change.

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UNFCCC Launches Call for Experts for JI-AP [viewed]

© UNFCCC9 July 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has launched the sixth public call for three experts to serve as members of the Joint Implementation Accreditation Panel (JI-AP). The JI-AP was created by the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC) at its second session and consists of six experts.

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The UK Develops a Climate and Development Knowledge Network [viewed]

© DFID3 July 2009: The UK Department for International Development (DFID) is developing a multi-million pound “Climate and Development Knowledge Network,” which will deliver an integrated set of knowledge management, research and advisory services on all aspects of climate change and development.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Launches CDM Audio File Service [viewed]

© UNFCCC9 July 2009: The Secretariat of the UNFCCC has launched a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) audio file service, aimed at raising CDM awareness and providing information about the CDM in plain language.

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VIENNA ENERGY CONFERENCE 2009 DISCUSSES ENERGY IN THE CONTEXT OF CURRENT CRISES [viewed]

The Vienna Energy Conference 2009 convened at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria, from 22-24 June 2009, and was jointly organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Austrian Development Cooperation, the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE).

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CDM Methodologies Panel and SSC Working Group Reports Released [viewed]

2 July 2009: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has released the reports from the 39th meeting of its Methodologies Panel and the 21st meeting of the Small Scale Working Group (SSC WG).

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UN Report: Organized Crime, Illicit and Terrorist Activities, and Climate Change Jeopardize Ongoing Efforts in West Africa [viewed]

© UN2 July 2009: In his report on the work of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes that, while West Africa has recently witnessed some positive trends, progress in the sub-region remains fragile and faces a number of threats, including emerging and growing security threats such as organized crime, illicit and terrorist activities, and climate change.

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UN Executive Heads Call for Copenhagen to be Turning Point for a Global Green Economy [viewed]

© UN30 June 2009: The UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), which brings together the executive Heads of the organizations of the UN System, issued a statement titled “Green Economy: A Transformation to Address Multiple Crises.”

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