Sustainable Development

Speakers at Opening Session for CSD IPM Highlight Linkages with Climate Change [viewed]

Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs

23 February 2009: Speakers at the opening session of the Intersessional Preparatory Meeting (IPM) for the 17th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD17) highlighted linkages between climate change and CSD17's thematic cluster of issues: agriculture, Africa, drought, desertification, land and rural development. The IPM is meeting in New York, US, from 23-27 February 2009.

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First JI Project Verifier Accredited [viewed]

18 February 2009: The Kyoto Protocol's joint implementation (JI) mechanism has accredited its first third party verifier, TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH, which will determine the acceptability of emission reduction projects and verify emission reductions achieved.

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UNEP Report Highlights Environmental Degradation in Amazon [viewed]

 A Strong Impact is Made on the Amazonia by its Economic Growth Model18 February 2009: The findings of a report supported by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO), entitled “Environment Outlook in the Amazonia: GEO Amazonia,” reveal the variety of environmental degradation occurring in the Amazon region of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela. The publication is part of UNEP's Global Environment Outlook (GEO) series and highlights population growth, urbanization and expanded economic activity, and the resulting deforestation, loss of biodiversity and climate change impacts in the region.

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WHO/Europe Performing Assessments of Health Security and Crisis Management, with a Focus on Climate Change [viewed]

19 February 2009: World Health Organization (WHO)/Europe is collaborating with local contacts to conduct assessments of health security and crisis management.

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WHO Executive Board Approves Work Plan on Climate and Health [viewed]

World Health Organization (WHO)

19 February 2009: The Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) has approved a five-year work plan on climate change and health.

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UNFCCC Posts Information on 14th Meeting of JISC [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat

17 February 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has posted information on the upcoming 14th Meeting of the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC), which will take place from 17-18 February 2009, in Bonn, Germany.

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UNESCO's “On the Frontlines of Climate Change” Forum Initiates Discussion on REDD [viewed]

13 February 2009: “On the Frontlines of Climate Change,” an internet forum launched by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, has published a lead article on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD).

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UNEP Releases Year Book 2009 [viewed]

UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Year Book 2009

16 February 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the UNEP Year Book 2009, which highlights environmental trends and relevant innovation, and points to the need for a low carbon economy.

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CDM EB45 Report Released [viewed]

13 February 2009: The report of the 45th meeting of the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM-EB-45), which convened from 11-13 February 2009, in Bonn, Germany, has been released.

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UNFCCC Releases Information Note on Pre-sessional Meetings and Workshop of AWG-KP 7 and AWG-LCA 5 [viewed]

Negotiations in 2009 leading to Copenhagen

12 February 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has prepared an information note on pre-sessional meetings and workshops of the seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 7) and the fifth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 5) that will take place in Bonn, Germany (CAS/INF/FEB/09).

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