OAS Summit: US President Proposes Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas, Declaration of Commitment Presented [viewed]

18 April 2009: Addressing the Fifth Summit of the Americas, which took place in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, from 17-19 April 2009, US President Barack Obama proposed the creation of a new Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas “that can forge progress to a more secure and sustainable future.” The proposed partnership would promote renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the promotion of energy efficiency and investments in infrastructure and renewable sources of energy.

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UNDP to Launch Knowledge Platform to Promote Capacity Development for Policy Makers to Address Climate Change [viewed]

April 2009: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) will launch, at the end of April 2009, the Climate Community (UNDPCC), a knowledge platform to promote capacity development of policy makers working directly with activities related to climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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UNESCAP 65th Session to Discuss Food-Fuel-Financial Crisis and Climate Change [viewed]

© UNESCAPApril 2009: The 65th Session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) will convene in Bangkok, Thailand, from 23-29 April 2009. The meeting will include a report from the Committee on Disaster Reduction, the establishment of subregional offices, and a ministerial segment.

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CBD Expert Group on Biodiversity and Climate Change Opens in Helsinki [viewed]

© CBD18 April 2009: The second meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Biodiversity and Climate Change of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) opened on 18 April 2009, in Helsinki, Finland, and will continue until 22 April 2009.

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UN Secretary-General at Summit of the Americas Outlines Impacts of Climate Change on the Region [viewed]

© Fifth Summit of the Americas18 April 2009: In an address to the Fifth Summit of the Americas, taking place in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon referred to the impact of climate change on the Americas, from the shrinking glaciers in the Andes to deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon and the rising sea levels endangering the small islands of the Caribbean.

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UNFF8 to Discuss Forests in a Changing Environment [viewed]

17 April 2009: The management of forests in a changing environment will be discussed during the next two weeks at the eighth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF8), which will open at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 20 April 2009.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Notification to Parties Containing Updated Table of Upcoming Deadlines for Submissions [viewed]

© UNFCCC17 April 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a notification to parties containing an updated table listing upcoming deadlines for submissions of information and views invited by the Convention and Kyoto Protocol bodies.

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UN/ISDR to Explore Gender Aspect of Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

© UN/ISDR17 April 2009: The International Conference on Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction, opening on 20 April 2009, in Beijing, China, will explore how women and men can participate equally in driving early warning systems, risk assessments, preparedness exercises and national and local plans to implement disaster risk reduction policies. According to the UN unit on risk reduction, men and women need to work together as equal partners to protect their communities against disasters, particularly as climate change increases the frequency and intensity of storms, floods and cyclones.

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UN Secretary-General Proposes New Multilateralism to Address Climate Change [viewed]

© UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon17 April 2009: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at a colloquium at Princeton University, US, on “The Imperative for a New Multilateralism,” in which he proposed focusing on securing global public goods, including global financial and economic stability, a major push against poverty, restoring peace and stability, addressing climate change, advancing global health, countering terrorism, and ensuring disarmament and non-proliferation.

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Dialogue on Climate Change Adaptation for Land and Water Management Adopts Nairobi Statement [viewed]

17 April 2009: The Dialogue on Climate Change Adaptation for Land and Water Management convened at UN Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, from 16-17 April 2009. The event was co-hosted by UNEP and the Minister for Development Cooperation of Denmark, Ulla Tørnæs. The Dialogue addressed the need to: tackle existing problems in land and water management to build resilience to climate change; strengthen institutions for land and water management; and increase financing targeted towards the most vulnerable people.

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