Sustainable Development

CDM Executive Board Meets, Elect New Chair [viewed]

Rajesh_kumar_sethiThe Executive Board of the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has met recently in Bonn, Germany. The Board held its 37th meeting from 30 January-1 February 2008, and elected Rajesh Kumar Sethi (India) as the new Chair. Lex de Jonge (Netherlands) will become the Vice-Chair. Both positions are for a one-year term. The Board also appointed Chairs and Vice-Chairs for its Accreditation Panel, Methodologies Panel, Afforestation and Reforestation Working Group, and Small-Scale Working Group.

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FAO unveils new bioenergy assessment tool [viewed]

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The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) released a new decision-support tool to ensure that countries can enter the rapidly growing field of bioenergy industry to produce benefits for the poor without jeopardizing their food security.

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UN Secretary-General says any solution to climate change should be about shaping the world's economic future [viewed]

Ban_kimoonIn his opening remarks to the Economic Club of Chicago dinner, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said climate change is the defining challenge of our era.

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General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim urges a global alliance for action [viewed]

Srgjan_kerim Speaking in advance of the UN General Assembly's thematic debate on climate change, General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim called for a “common vision, a global consensus, a global alliance for action.”

President Kerim said “our aim is to support that process” and to keep up the momentum created by the Bali roadmap.

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UN/ISDR says China's freak snowstorms are ‘the new normal' [viewed]

SalvanoResponding to the recent storms in China, Sálvano Briceño, Director of the Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), said “the unprecedented scale, cost, and human impacts of China's freak month of snowstorms, its worst in 50 years, herald a need for the world to get ready for new kinds of disasters.”

 

Briceño said “the intensifying effect of climate change on weather, combined with global trends of rapid urbanization and environmental degradation, will lead to ever more complex disasters involving more and more people, and particularly affecting the poor.

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Latin American and Caribbean Environment Ministers adopt climate change resolution [viewed]

Xvi_foropeque_2The 16th Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of Latin America and the Caribbean, held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, from 27 January to 1 February 2008, concluded with the adoption of decision on climate change, in which ministers endorsed the outcomes of the Bali UN Climate Change Conference.

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UNFPA Executive Director commits to Bali Road Map Follow-up [viewed]

UnfpalogoIn her address to the 2008 First Regular Session of the UNDP/UNFPA Executive Board UNFPA, Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid said the organization will “follow-up on the Bali Conference on Climate Change by strengthening efforts in policy guidance, emergency preparedness and disaster risk reduction.”

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CIFOR announces Forest Day 2 for December 2008, Poznan, Poland. [viewed]

Ciforlogo_2CIFOR is planning to co-host Forest Day 2 in collaboration with partner organizations in the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), coinciding with UNFCCC COP-14.

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ITTO to host International Expert Meeting to Address Climate Change through the Sustainable Management of Tropical Forests [viewed]

Head_logoThe International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) will convene an International Expert Meeting from 30 April-2 May in Yokohama, Japan, to promote the role of tropical forests and their sustainable management in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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Barcelona Convention Parties Adopt Protocol on Coastal Zone Management [viewed]

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The 15th Ordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean (Barcelona Convention) and its Protocols took place in Almeria, Spain, from 15-18 January 2008.

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