Sustainable Development

FAO's Committee on Forestry Calls for Implementing SFM to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

19th session of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Committee on Forestry (COFO)

22 March 2009: The 19th session of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Committee on Forestry (COFO) convened from 16-20 March 2009, at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. The meeting attracted over 550 participants from COFO member States, including heads of forestry departments, UN agencies, and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations. In plenary sessions held throughout the week, participants discussed: the FAO Strategy for Forests and Forestry; the Collaborative Partnership on Forests' Strategic Framework on Forests and Climate Change and related topics, including sustainable forest management (SFM) and climate change; forest genetic resources; reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation; access to financing; the impacts of recent economic turbulence on the forest sector; and preparations for the XIII World Forestry Congress.

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World Water Day Observed [viewed]

 World Water Day Message from Achim Steiner

22 March 2009: On the occasion of World Water Day, which was observed on 22 March 2009, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) highlighted the potential benefits of investing in the world's freshwaters, including the potential benefits to the global economic recovery and to accelerating a response to climate change.

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International Policy Dialogue Addresses the Development Perspective of Financing the Climate Agenda [viewed]

Financing the Climate Agenda: The Development Perspective

23 March 2009: The International Policy Dialogue on “Financing the Climate Agenda: The Development Perspective” took place in Berlin, Germany, from 19-20 March 2009. The event was convened by the Development Policy Forum, InWEnt, Germany, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), in cooperation with the UN Foundation and with the support of the KfW Banking Group. 

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Under-Secretary-General Highlights Water-Climate Links at World Water Forum [viewed]

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

17 March 2009: UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang addressed several audiences at the fifth World Water Forum, which met from 16-22 March 2009, in Istanbul, Turkey. During the opening ceremony, he suggested “four strategic actions on bridging divides for water,” including engaging with other policy communities on the nexus between water challenges and climate change, accelerating progress in climate change adaptation, and improving human and institutional capacity backed by adequate financial resources.

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UNEP Releases Policy Brief on Global Green New Deal in Advance of G20 [viewed]

UN spotlights five key areas to spur sustainable economic recovery

19 March 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released “Global Green New Deal: Policy Brief,” which aims to inform the debate at the upcoming G20 meeting to be held in London, UK, in early April 2009.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases CDM Technology Transfer Report [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat

18 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a report titled “Analysis of Technology Transfer in CDM Projects,” which contains the results of a study analyzing the transfer of technology under Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects. The report contains an analysis of information on: technology transfer used in CDM projects; technology transfer by project type; technology transfer by host country; technology supplier versus buyer participants; the origin of the technology; technology transfer versus technology needs, as submitted by project participants in their project design documents; capital investment; and trend analysis/comparison from the 2007 study.

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UN-REDD Programme Approves Funds [viewed]

Forests store CO2 helping alleviate climate change

18 March 2009: The UN-REDD Programme, an initiative on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), has approved US$18 million for activities in five pilot countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Programme is sponsored by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the UN Development Programme, and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The approved sum constitutes roughly one-third of available funding under the Programme, and will be dedicated to measures such as monitoring, stakeholder engagement, enhancement of non-carbon benefits, and strengthening of institutional capacity.

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UNIDO to Support Production of Hydrogen-Fuelled Three-Wheel Vehicles in India [viewed]

UNIDO-ICHET sign Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) in New Delhi

13 March 2009: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has signed a memorandum of understanding with a consortium of partners to provide financial and technical support for the building and operation of a fleet of 15 hydrogen-fuelled three-wheel vehicles in New Delhi, India. The agreement was reached by UNIDO's International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies (ICHET), the UNIDO Regional Office for South Asia, and Indian partners, including: the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi; Mahindra and Mahindra; and Air Products.

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CDM Methodologies Panel Report and Annexes Released [viewed]

11 March 2009: The Panel on Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) baseline and monitoring methodologies (CDM Meth Panel) has released the report and annexes of its 37th meeting, which convened from 2-6 March 2009, in Bonn, Germany. The report outlines the issues considered by the Panel, including: proposed new methodologies; requests for clarification on and revision to approved methodologies; issues of general guidance and tools; and schedule of meetings and rounds of submissions of proposed new methodologies.

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UNESCO Meeting Formulates Recommendations on Confronting Climate Change in the Arctic [viewed]

Confronting Climate Change in the Arctic

13 March 2009: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) held an international experts meeting on “Climate Change and Arctic Sustainable Development: scientific, social, cultural and educational challenges,” which convened from 3-6 March 2009, in Monaco. The meeting brought together experts in the social and natural sciences, ethics, education and international affairs who sought the local expertise of indigenous peoples in drafting a set of 66 recommendations for follow-up action.

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