World Bank/IMF Spring Meeting Highlights Role of Low Carbon Investments in Crisis Recovery [viewed]

© IMF27 April 2009: The Joint World Bank Group (WBG) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Development Committee met on 26 April in Washington, DC, US, and highlighted that “hard earned progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is now in jeopardy.”

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World Bank Releases World Development Indicators 2009 [viewed]

© World Bank22 April 2009: The World Bank's World Development Indicators 2009, released during the Bretton Woods Institutions Spring Meetings, includes an environment section that reviews evidence on energy use, climate change and the prospects for cleaner energy.

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ILO and UNITAR Launch Course on Green Jobs [viewed]

© ILO20 April 2009: The International Training Centre (ITC) of the International Labour Organization (ILO) has launched a six week open course on Green Jobs, focusing on the socioeconomic impacts of climate change with particular attention to the world of work, in terms adaptation and mitigation, and on how to manage the transition to a low-carbon economy.

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FAO Releases New Issue of FoodClimate Newsletter [viewed]

© FAO22 April 2009: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released the fourth issue of its FoodClimate newsletter, which contains interviews, updates and notes on upcoming events on climate change relating to agriculture, fisheries and forestry. The feature story, an interview with members of a livelihood adaptation to climate change project in Bangladesh, focuses on technology transfer, actor involvement and other prerequisites for and obstacles to community adaptation.

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FAO's Committee on Agriculture Addressing Role of Agricultural Production in Adaptation and Mitigation [viewed]

© FAO22 April 2009: The 21st meeting of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Committee on Agriculture, taking place from 22-25 April 2009, in Rome, Italy, is addressing, among other issues, the role of agricultural production in adapting to climate change and mitigation. The Committee will consider challenges arising from the need for adaptation and mitigation in agriculture, as well as from increased demand for biofuels.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Provisional Agenda for June Climate Change Talks [viewed]

© UNFCCC22 April 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the provisional agenda for the following upcoming sessions of the climate change talks, which will take place in Bonn, Germany: 30th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 30), 1-10 June 2009; 30th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 30), 1-10 June 2009; eighth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 8), 1-12 June 2009; and sixth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 6), 1-12 June 2009.

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UNEP Announces 2009 Champions of the Earth [viewed]

© UNEP22 April 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced seven innovators of environmental change as UNEP 2009 Champions of the Earth at a gala event in Paris, France. This year's winners include tropical forest and climate campaigner Kevin Conrad, wind power entrepreneur Tulsi Tanti, and Norwegian Environment Minister Erik Solheim.

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IEA Briefs G8 Environment Ministers on Energy Technology's Role in Green Growth [viewed]

© IEA22 April 2009: While attending the Group of Eight industrialized countries (G8) environment ministers meeting, which is taking place from 22-23 April 2009, in Siracusa, Italy, International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka presented a paper titled “Ensuring Green Growth in a Time of Economic Crisis: The Role of Energy Technology.”

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UN Praises China's Work on Disaster Recovery [viewed]

© UN22 April 2009: On a visit to China, John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, praised the nation's disaster preparedness and recovery efforts, as the first anniversary of the Wenchuan earthquake nears.

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UNESCO's “On the Frontlines of Climate Change” Forum Discusses Complexities of Deforestation and Indigenous Rights [viewed]

© On the Frontlines of Climate Change21 April 2009: “On the Frontlines of Climate Change,” an internet forum launched by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), has published an article on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD).

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