Northern America

Event: 62nd Session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) [viewed]

Delegates at this meeting will consider: mandatory measures to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from international shipping for adoption; amendments to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) to designate a new US Caribbean sea area emission control area; the designation of the Baltic Sea as a Special Area with respect to pollution by sewage from ships; and the adoption of a revised Annex V related to control of garbage. The MEPC will also discuss issues relating to the implementation of the ship recycling and ballast water management conventions and consider the adoption of new guidelines on bio-fouling.  

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IRI Publication Highlights Climate Information for Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

A Better Climate for Disaster Risk Management20 June 2011: The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) at Colombia University has released a publication titled "A better climate for disaster risk management," which addresses recent advances in the use of climate information for managing risks and improving livelihoods.  

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UN Secretary-General Calls for US Mayors' Leadership on Climate Change [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Calls for US Mayors' Leadership on Climate Change19 June 2011: In his address to the US Conference of Mayors in Baltimore, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that cities consume more than two-thirds of the world's energy and account for roughly the same percentage of global carbon dioxide emissions. He called on US mayors to help address climate change and other energy challenges.

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GEO Newsletter Highlights Advances in Climate Observation Collaboration [viewed]

GEOMay 2011: The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) has released the May issue of its newsletter, titled "GEO News" on new developments in the implementation of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), which highlights advances in climate observation collaboration in the US and Europe.

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UNEP FI Convenes North American Consultation on Sustainable Insurance Principles [viewed]

UNEP FI13 June 2011: As part of its work to develop sustainability principles for the insurance industry, the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) convened a consultation with North American stakeholders from 12-13 June 2011, in Guelph, Canada.  

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Event: UNECE Public-Private Roundtable on Green Economy: Carbon Mechanisms and Innovative Financing for Green Infrastructure [viewed]

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Alumni Carbon Club of London Business School will host an interactive panel discussion on carbon financing and green infrastructure as part of the UNECE Public-Private Roundtable on the Green Economy. Speakers include leading private and public sector financial leaders.  

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US-Brazil Global Partnership Dialogue Addresses Environmental Cooperation [viewed]

2 June 2011: The second US-Brazil Global Partnership Dialogue convened on 1 June 2011 in Washington, DC, US, and was preceded by senior-level meetings on: science, technology and the environment; trilateral development cooperation and food security; and regional issues.

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Event: G8 Deauville Summit [viewed]

The G8, an informal group of advanced economies (France, the US, the UK, Russia, Germany, Japan, Italy and Canada) meets once a year at a Summit of Heads of State and Government. The 2011 Summit will include a working session titled "nuclear safety - climate change."  

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Figueres Urges American States to Implement Cancun Agreements [viewed]

13 May 2011: Speaking at a meeting titled "Climate Change: What the Americas Can and Must Do," organized by the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington DC, US, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Christina Figueres urged American States to implement the Cancun Agreements and develop their renewable energy resources.

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World Bank and Partners to Spur Open Source Solutions to Climate Change Adaptation Challenges [viewed]

12 May 2011: Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, NASA, HP and the World Bank, through their initiative titled "Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK)," will bring together thousands of people in over 18 locations worldwide, on 4-5 June 2011, to create open source e-solutions to disaster risk management and climate change adaptation challenges. 

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