Sustainable Development

UNEP Announces Climate Neutral Network [viewed]

The Climate Neutral Network (CN Net), an initiative to catalyze international response to global warming, has been launched by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in cooperation with the UN Environment Management Group.

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IFAD Governing Council Considers Farmers' Challenges in the Context of Climate Change [viewed]

Degradation1The Thirty-first Governing Council Session of the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) focused on challenges and opportunities for smallholder farmers in the context of climate change and new demands on agricultural production, including the rising cost of commodities.

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UN Hosts Investor Summit on Climate Risk [viewed]

A gathering of leaders from the corporate sector has convened at UN headquarters in New York, US.

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UNESCO Conference Says Biosphere Reserves Can Spur Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

BiosphereParticipants at the third World Congress of Biosphere Reserves, which took place from 4-9 February 2008, in Madrid, Spain, and was organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), have adopted the Madrid Declaration, which underlines that biosphere reserves can spur efforts “to mitigate and adapt to climate change, and to promote the greater use of renewable energy,” as well as to tackle challenges such as the loss of traditional knowledge and cultural diversity.

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Expert Panel Discusses Forest Adaptation To Climate Change [viewed]

Climate_changes_2The Expert Panel on Adaptation of Forests to Climate Change, convened as part of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, met from 11-12 February 2008 in New York, US.

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UNGA Climate Change Event Focuses on Post-Bali Talks and Partnerships [viewed]


The need for a global agreement on climate change for the post-2012 period, the importance of collaborative partnerships, and the role of the United Nations system were the focus of discussions during a three-day “thematic debate” in the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The event, which met at UN headquarters in New York, US, from 11-13 February 2008, took as its theme: “Addressing climate change: the United Nations and the world at work.”

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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]


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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