UNFCCC Executive Secretary to World Bank Energy Week: Copenhagen Can Move the World Towards a Sustainable Future [viewed]

31 March 2009: Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, addressed the opening plenary of the World Bank Group's Energy Week by video link and welcomed the meeting's theme, “Energy, Development and Climate Change,” noting the importance of addressing developing countries' energy concerns.

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GEF STAP Considers REDD, Forest Conservation and Sustainable Forest Management [viewed]

31 March 2009: The Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) held a workshop on 31 March 2009, in Washington DC, US, to develop the Panel's scientific and technical guidance for the fifth GEF Replenishment (GEF-5) strategic programming on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), forest conservation and sustainable forest management (SFM).

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IDB Board of Governors Adopts Green Growth Initiatives [viewed]

31 March 2009: The Boards of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) adopted a set of initiatives to promote green growth at its 50th Annual Meeting held in Medellín, Colombia, from 29-30 March 2009. Finance ministers and central bank presidents from IDB's 48 member countries discussed the current financial crisis and addressed the IDB's reform, calling for a capital increase that contemplates a strategy to make effective use of additional resources to support social safety net programmes, poverty and inequality reduction, infrastructure investment and measures related to climate change.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Workshop Report on Issues Relating to the Scale of Emission Reductions to be Achieved by Annex I Parties [viewed]

30 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report by Harald

Dovland, Chair of the Workshop on issues relating to the scale of emission reductions to be achieved by Annex I Parties (FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/CRP.1), which was held in Bonn, Germany, on 27 Match 2009.

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UNCTAD Releases Report from Expert Meeting on Maritime Transport and the Climate Change Challenge [viewed]

March 2009: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has released the report of the Multi-year Expert Meeting on Transport and Trade Facilitation, which was organized around the theme “Maritime Transport and the Climate Change Challenge” from 16-18 February 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Guest Article #11: Meeting the challenge of the Poznań Strategic Program on Technology Transfer [viewed]

Promoting the transfer of environmentally sound technologies and know-how to developing countries is a key mandate for all countries, rich and poor, committed to facilitating change through an international climate change treaty. And as an operating entity of the financial mechanism of the UNFCCC, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) has the mandate to provide finance resources to support this vision.

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UNESCO IOC Holds Global Meeting of the Intergovernmental Coordination Groups for Tsunami Warning Systems [viewed]

© UNESCO IOC31 March 2009: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) organized the Global Meeting of the Intergovernmental Coordination Groups (ICG) for Tsunami Warning Systems, which convened from 24-27 March 2009, in Paris, France.

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UNWTO Highlights Role of Tourism in a Green Economy [viewed]

31 March 2009: In the lead up to the 2 April 2009 G20 Summit, in London, UK, the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has stressed the potential role of tourism as an economic stimulus and in the green economy.

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UNEP Participates in Low-Carbon Prosperity Task Force [viewed]

© UNEP31 March 2009: Fifty-two companies have partnered with 34 experts and organizations, including the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), to create a new low-carbon Task Force focused on stimulating the low-carbon economy by identifying how to create green jobs and deflect economic growth towards a sustainable, low-carbon path.

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CDM Executive Board Launches Calls for Inputs [viewed]

30 March 2009: The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has launched two calls for inputs, as agreed by the Board at its 46th meeting. The first call is for inputs on efficiency in the operation of the CDM and opportunities for its improvement. The second call is for Designated National Authorities (DNAs) to provide inputs on how to address issues relating to regional distribution of CDM projects, for consideration by the Executive Board at its 47th meeting, which is scheduled to take place from 27-29 May 2009, in Bonn, Germany.

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