Event: 31st session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [viewed]

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will hold its 31st session, prior to which the IPCC WGs I, II and III will approve respective outlines for the Fifth Assessment report.  

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Event: International Workshop on the Content, Communication and Use of Weather and Climate Products and Services for Sustainable Agriculture [viewed]

The meeting is organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) with the University of Southern Queensland, the South Australian Research and Development Institute and a number of other co-sponsors.  

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Event: International Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in West African Agriculture [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), together with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). This workshop aims to bring together experts from the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, the National Agricultural Research Systems, key decision-makers, practitioners, and the National Focal Points of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).  

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Event: World Bank Climate Investment Fund Design Meetings [viewed]

The meetings of the Climate Technology Fund (CTF), Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) and Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) Trust Fund Committee and Sub-Committee Meetings will be held the week of 11 May 2009, in Washington, DC, US. In addition, the dates for the Third Design Meeting of the Forest Investment Program (FIP) have been set for 4-5 May 2009, in Washington, DC.  

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Event: World Bank Civil Society Forum [viewed]

The World Bank Development Dialogue on Values and Ethics and the Civil Society Team are organizing a session on “Reducing Vulnerability to Climate Change: World Bank and CSO Approaches” focusing on the challenges ahead to reduce the magnitude of climate change as well as its impact, with the discussion based on findings from the draft World Development Report on climate change.  

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Event: UNEP Finance Initiative's e-Learning Course on Climate Change: Risks and Opportunities for the Finance Sector [viewed]

This e-Learning course, run by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Finance Initiative Climate Change Working Group, will leverage the e-Learning infrastructure of the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and targets executives and middle management from financial institutions including banks, insurers, reinsurers, and fund managers, from both developed and developing regions. The course will enable senior and mid-level executives in financial institutions to learn about climate change and how it affects their industry in a flexible, cost-effective and accessible e-learning training environment with opportunities to network and interact with fellow participants and expert tutors.  

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Event: 2009 Global Renewable Energy Forum [viewed]

This Forum is being organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Mexican Ministry of Energy under the theme “Scaling up Renewable Energy.” The Forum will identify ways of strengthening interregional cooperation and encouraging multi-stakeholder partnerships aimed at scaling renewable energy investment.  

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Event: UNCTAD Expert Meeting on Trade and Climate Change [viewed]

This Expert Meeting on “Trade and Climate Change: Trade and Investment Opportunities and Challenges under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)” is organized by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The meeting will aim to deepen the understanding of the CDM and how its contribution to sustainable development in developing countries might be enhanced and optimized under a post-2012 climate regime.  

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Guest Article #13: Frozen seeds - safeguarding global food supplies [viewed]

World population grows and, thus, the demand for food. At the same time, climate change poses a threat to food supplies, particularly in poorer parts of the world. Subsistence crops are vulnerable to, amongst other things, desertification, temperature increases, changes in rainfall patterns and flooding, i.e. phenomena that are expected to become more frequent and intense as a result of climate change.

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UN Secretary-General Launches “Seal the Deal!” Campaign [viewed]

© UN29 April 2009: While in Brussels, Belgium, on 23 April 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched a worldwide climate change campaign under the slogan “Seal the Deal!”

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