UN-HABITAT Governing Council Addresses Impact of Climate Change on the Promotion of Affordable Housing [viewed]

30 March 2009: The 22nd Session of the UN Human Settlements Programme Governing Council (UN-HABITAT GC 22) opened on 30 March 2009, at UN-HABITAT headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The week-long session's main theme is promoting affordable housing finance systems in an urbanizing world in the face of the global financial crisis and climate change.

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UNEP's “Billion Tree Campaign” Surpasses Three Billion Trees Planted [viewed]

30 March 2009: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) “Billion Tree Campaign,” a campaign to plant trees around the globe, recently announced that, with the planting of over 300 million trees in Turkey in 2008, the initiative has resulted in the planting of over three billion trees.

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GEF STAP Workshop Considers Climate Change Science and Technology Advice [viewed]

30 March 2009: The Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) held a workshop on 30 March 2009, in Washington DC, US, to develop the Panel's scientific and technical guidance for the Fifth GEF Replenishment's (GEF-5) strategic programming on climate mitigation policies and technologies.

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IFPRI Releases Brief on Including Agriculture in Copenhagen's Agenda [viewed]

30 March 2009: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a brief titled “Agriculture and Climate Change: An Agenda for Negotiation in Copenhagen.”

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AWG-KP 7 and AWG-LCA 5 Talks Kick Off in Bonn [viewed]

30 March 2009: The seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 7) and the fifth meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 5) opened on 29 March 2009, in Bonn, Germany, with a welcoming ceremony followed by the opening sessions of the two Working Groups.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Australia's and Japan's Submissions on Consideration of Scale of Emission Reductions to be Achieved by Annex I Parties [viewed]

30 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an addendum (FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/MISC.1/ADD.2) to document FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/MISC.1 on consideration of the scale of emission reductions to be achieved by Annex I Parties and of other relevant issues arising from the implementation of the work programme of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Hungary's GHG Inventory [viewed]

29 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the individual review of the greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory submissions of Hungary submitted in 2007 and 2008 (FCCC/ARR/2008/HUN).

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IDB Approves Energy Efficiency Project in Brazil [viewed]

27 March 2009: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a project to provide Brazil's Usiminas steel company a loan amounting to US$200 million. The first part of the project will finance investments in a new power cogeneration plant and related equipment to produce electricity using excess heat and gases that originate from the production of the steel, allowing the Belo Horizonte-based company to cut its production costs and reduce carbon emissions.

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Policy Update #2: What to Expect on the Bonn Voyage [viewed]

“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

Winston Churchill, 1942

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ITU Focus Group Proposes Methodologies for Calculating ICT Impact on GHG Emissions [viewed]

27 March 2009: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Focus Group on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Climate Change has developed standardized methodologies to calculate the impact of ICTs on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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