World Bank Approves Energy Efficiency Project in Honduras [viewed]

World Bank

22 January 2009: The World Bank Board of Directors has approved a US$30 million interest-free loan to strengthen the energy sector in Honduras. The project's three components are: building the national electric power company's (Empresa Nacional de Energía Eléctrica (ENEE)) management and commercial capacity; renewing and rehabilitating distribution equipment, including the removal of polluted transformers; and institutional strengthening and corporate governance.

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UNDESA to Release WESS 2009 on Climate Change and Development [viewed]

January 2009: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) will launch the World Economic and Social Survey 2009-Climate Change and Development (WESS 2009) around mid-2009, to be available to the UNFCCC process, in particular, the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Assembly Document [viewed]

January 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the revised “Assembly Document,” containing the ideas and proposals presented by parties and accredited observer organizations on the elements contained in paragraph 1 of the Bali Action Plan (BAP), received by 6 December 2008.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Review of Three National GHG Inventories [viewed]

The UNFCCC Secretariat

January 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released reports of the individual review of the greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories of Australia, submitted in 2008, and of Italy and Romania, submitted in 2007 and 2008. The expert review team (ERT) finds that all the inventories have been prepared generally in line with the Revised 1996 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Guidelines, the IPCC good practice guidance and the IPCC good practice guidance for Land-Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF).

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UNIDO, UNESCAP and UNEP to Organize International Conference on Green Industry in Asia [viewed]

Announcement: International Conference on Green Industry in Asia

January 2009: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) are jointly organizing the International Conference on Green Industry in Asia under the theme “Managing the Transition to Resource-Efficient and Low Carbon Industries.”

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ESCAP's Asia-Pacific Business Forum Sets Out Proposals for Asia-Pacific Region's Climate Change Response [viewed]

 Climate Change Meeting Sets Out Key Proposals for Asia-Pacific Region's Response

22 January 2009: The Asia-Pacific Business Forum 2009/Climate Game Change – Innovations and Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation convened in Bangkok, Thailand, on 21 January 2009. The Forum was organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and it brought together 300 representatives from the private sector, government, civil society and international organizations, with the aim of promoting new partnerships, ideas and resolve for combating climate change.

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WHO Meeting on Transport, Health and Environment Discusses Mitigation of Transportation-Related GHG Emissions [viewed]

Organized in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Ministries of Transport, Environment and Health of the Netherlands

22 January 2009: The High-level Meeting on Transport, Health and Environment, organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe and the UN Economic Commission for Europe, and hosted by the Government of the Netherlands, is being held from 22-23 January 2009, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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FAO and IWMI Launch Asia Pacific Water Forum's Knowledge Hub on Irrigation Service Reform [viewed]

22 January 2009: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) launched the Asia Pacific Water Forum's Knowledge Hub for Irrigation Service Reform during a workshop held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 19- 21 January 2009. The Knowledge Hub will work towards the modernization of irrigation in the region.

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CBD Secretariat Invites Organizations to Submit Nominations for AHTEG on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD

21 January 2009: In preparation for the second meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on biodiversity and climate change, to be held from 18-22 April 2009, in Helsinki, Finland, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited organizations actively participating in issues related to biodiversity and climate change to submit nominations of experts no later than 20 February 2009.

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UN Secretary-General on President Obama's Inauguration: Towards a New Era of Strong Partnership [viewed]

21 January 2009: In a statement issued in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated Barack Obama on his inauguration as US President. He underlined that, increasingly, the challenges faced by the community of nations are global in scope and require collective responses, citing, inter alia, climate change, the food and energy crises, and human development.

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