ASEM to Hold First Ministerial Conference on Energy Security [viewed]

March 2009: The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), an informal process of dialogue and cooperation bringing together the 27 EU member States and the European Commission with 16 Asian countries and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Secretariat, is organizing the First ASEM Ministerial Conference on Energy Security, to be held from 17-18 June 2009, in Brussels, Belgium.

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UNFCCC Posts Norwegian Document to REDD-Web Platform [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat

24 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has added a new document to its information-sharing web platform related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), which was created in response to UNFCCC Decision 2/CP.13 (Reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries: approaches to stimulate action).

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GEF Announces Carbon Benefits Project [viewed]

Global Environment Facility (GEF)

23 March 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has announced the Carbon Benefits Project (CBP), implemented by the UN Environment Programme, which aims to provide a solution to the problems related to measuring terrestrial carbon, particularly on complex landscapes.

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World Bank's 2009 Development Marketplace Grant Competition Launched [viewed]

Development Marketplace

23 March 2009: The World Bank has launched its annual Global Development Marketplace competition for seed grants.

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Recommendations by the Commission of Experts of the UNGA President on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System Address Nexus between Climate Change and the Economic Crisis [viewed]

19 March 2009: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) President has transmitted the recommendations of the Commission of Experts of the President of the UNGA on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System to UN member States. The recommendations will be addressed in an interactive thematic dialogue on “The World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development,” which will convene from 25-27 March 2009, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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ESCAP Launches Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2009 [viewed]

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2009 Analyses Triple Threats to Region, Proposes Solutions

23 March 2009: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will launch the 2009 edition of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific, on 26 March 2009, in 20 cities across the region as well as New York, US, and Geneva, Switzerland. The Survey examines the impact of the convergence of three global crises – the economic downturn, food and fuel price volatility and climate change – on Asia and the Pacific, and how the region can tackle them.

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First GEF-5 Replenishment Meeting Convenes in Paris [viewed]

First GEF-5 Replenishment Meeting Convenes in Paris

18 March 2009: Thirty countries met in Paris, France, to discuss the fifth replenishment of the Global Environment Facility (GEF-5), with several calling for a substantial increase in the replenishment of the GEF. The First Meeting of Contributing Participants towards GEF-5 gathered prospective donors from developed and developing countries from 17-18 March 2009, to consider, inter alia, innovative sources of funding, including the possibility of obtaining carbon credits for GEF projects that mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

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UNDP Commends Maldives' Intention to Become First Carbon Neutral Country [viewed]

UN Development Programme (UNDP)

17 March 2009: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has commended the announcement by President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives regarding his country's intention to become the world's first carbon neutral country within the next decade. President Nasheed noted that the commitment would be met through the implementation of an eco-plan to become carbon neutral, shifting from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

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Ramsar STRP to Consider Climate Change and Wetlands [viewed]

Ramsar STRP to Consider Climate Change and Wetlands

March 2009: The Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands will hold its 15th meeting from 30 March-3 April 2009, in Gland, Switzerland. Participants are scheduled to establish a number of Thematic Work Area Working Groups and to identify their core membership, including one on “wetlands and climate change” to be chaired by Max Finlayson (Australia). 

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Bonn Dialogues on Global Environmental Change to Discuss Role of Education and Adaptation Strategies to Cope with Environmental Hazards [viewed]

5th Event Approaching on "Living with Risk"

March 2009: The Bonn Dialogues on Global Environmental Change will be held as a special event of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development and will take place on 1 April 2009, in Bonn, Germany. Panelists will discuss the role of education, training and adaptation and coping strategies used to deal with the world's growing environmental hazards.

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