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UNFCCC Releases Report on Review Guidelines for Developed Countries' Biennial Reports, National Communications [viewed]

UNFCCC13 November 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a synthesis report on the parties' submissions on the work programme and on the revision of the guidelines for the review of biennial reports (BR) from developed countries and national communications (NC), including national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories from Annex I Parties to the Convention (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/INF.11).

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UNEP Frankfurt School Publishes Inaugural Newsletter on Climate and Sustainable Energy [viewed]

1 November 2012: The Frankfurt School - UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy has released its inaugural newsletter. The newsletter includes articles on: the Sustainable Energy and Energy Efficiency Intermediary Loan Programme; sustainable energy planning activities in Eastern Europe and the Southern Caucasus; and the German-funded Finance for Access to Clean Energy Technologies (FACET) project.

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IEA BEEP Database Receives Energy Efficiency Innovator Award [viewed]

IEA12 November 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has announced that its Building Energy Efficiency Policies (BEEP) database was awarded the 2012 Energy Efficiency Innovator Award as the best international energy efficiency project.

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UNFCCC Releases Report on Domestic Action by Annex I Parties [viewed]

UNFCCC9 November 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a report on the implementation of domestic action by Parties included in Annex I to the Convention that are also Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, based on the information reported in their national communications (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/INF.9). The report is based on information contained in national communications from Parties and other sources for consideration by the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice at its 37th session (SBSTA 37).

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UNDP Administrator Calls for Addressing Climate Change for Development [viewed]

UNDP8 November 2012: UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark discussed the potential of climate change to stall and reverse development in a lecture titled “Why Tackling Climate Change Matters for Development,” delivered at Stanford University in California, US. 

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Event: International Conference on Food Security in Dry Lands [viewed]

This conference is held under the auspices of the Heir Apparent, His Highness, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thaniin, in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Bank, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI) of Qatar Foundation, among other partners. The conference will bring together a broad range of stakeholders and will focus on three thematic areas, namely food security, water resources, and responsible investment. The conference will include a Ministerial Dialogue on Dry Lands Agriculture under a Changing Climate, which will focus on two themes: the energy-water-food nexus; and financing dry land agriculture and food production. The conference is expected to yield an outcome document with distilled summary recommendations that represent the consensus of the participants on future courses of action required under all thematic areas examined by the conference. The outcome document aims to lead to the adoption of the Doha Declaration that would clearly set a target percentage and date for the allocation of a significant proportion of the national public expenditure for programmes and projects to achieve food security on an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable basis. The outcome document will also present the main thrusts of an Action Plan to follow-up on agreed recommendations and commitments.  

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UNECE Reports on Workshop on Neman River Basin Management in a Changing Climate [viewed]

UNECE5 November 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) newsletter for the week of 5-9 November 2012 reports on workshops on challenges and prospects for the joint management of the Neman River basin, which addressed the impacts of climate change.

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Germany Hands Over Building Complex in Bonn to the UNFCCC [viewed]

31 October 2012: The German Government officially handed over the building complex Altes Abgeordnetenhochhaus to the UNFCCC Secretariat in a symbolic presentation of the key to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres.

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UNDP Adaptation Bulletin Showcases Initiatives in Armenia and Albania [viewed]

November 2012: The October issue of the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) quarterly Adaptation Bulletin features articles on: supporting climate change adaptation in Armenia and Albania; and training Asian government officials to internalize the economics of adaptation into national investment and planning decisions. 

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EU DG-Environment Warns of Seagrass Decline, Carbon Dioxide Releases [viewed]

25 October 2012: A news alert released by the EU Directorate-General of the Environment (DG-Environment) explores the annual average global annual decline of seagrass beds by 1.5% since 1900, which is now accelerating, noting they are an important carbon sink.

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