UNEP and ICRAF Call for Green Agricultural Practices [viewed]

© UNEP24 July 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), are calling for the widespread uptake of “green agricultural practices” that have the potential to combat climate change, contribute to poverty eradication, boost food production, and provide sustainable sources of timber.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Highlights Financing for Developing Countries as Key to a Climate Change Agreement [viewed]

© UNFCCC24 July 2009: In an address on UN Radio, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, said “sealing the deal” for a comprehensive global climate change agreement in Copenhagen in December hinges largely on securing the financing needed for mitigation and adaptation to help developing countries tackle global warming, as well as financial help for them to acquire “green” technology.

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WMO's World Climate News Focuses on a Global Framework for Climate Services [viewed]

© WMO24 July 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released the June edition of its newsletter titled “World Climate News,” which focuses on a Global Framework for Climate Services, the major expected outcome of the third World Climate Conference (WCC-3). WMP is organizing WCC-3, which will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 31 August-4 September 2009.

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UN Secretary-General Stresses Role of Private Sector in Combating Climate Change at Global Compact's Board Meeting [viewed]

© UN24 July 2009: In a message delivered to UN Global Compact Board members meeting in New York, US, by his Deputy Chef de Cabinet, Kim Won-soo, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that the Compact makes “a critical contribution to advancing the UN agenda,” in particular in tackling climate change.

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UN Secretary-General Focuses on Climate Change in China [viewed]

24 July 2009: The UN Secretary-General made a two-day official visit to China, during which he focused on climate change. In the morning of 24 July 2009, he participated in the launch of the “Green Lights” programme, which promotes energy-saving lighting that could cut China's energy consumption by 8%. He stated that China's approach to climate change can demonstrate to the world that the country is ready to take up a global leadership role in the 21st century.

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UN's Geneva Headquarters Awarded Nature Reserve Certificate [viewed]

© UN23 July 2009: The UN's Geneva headquarters (UNOG) has been awarded the Nature Reserve Certificate by the Swiss non-governmental organization Fondation Nature & Economie, which bestows the honor on entities that protect nature by managing at least 30% of the green areas around their buildings in a natural manner.

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UNCTAD and UNDP Publish CDM Guide in Brazil [viewed]

© UNDP23 July 2009: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) presented a revised and expanded version of the Guide to the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in Brazil, a guide commissioned by Brazil's Ministry of Science and Technology and drawn up under the sponsorship of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

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CBD Calls for Government Representatives to Participate in GRULAC Workshop on Biofuels [viewed]

© CBD23 July 2009: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity is organizing a regional workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean on Ways and Means to Promote the Sustainable Production and Use of Biofuels, to be tentatively held from 28-30 September 2009, in São Paulo, Brazil.

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Event: CBD Regional Workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean on Ways and Means to Promote the Sustainable Production and Use of Biofuels [viewed]

The objective of this workshop, organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), is to share experiences on the development and application of tools relevant to the sustainable production and use of biofuels. In particular, participants will focus on the promotion of the positive and minimization of the negative impacts of biofuels on biodiversity and related socioeconomic aspects, including those related to indigenous and local communities, taking into account their full life-cycle as compared to other fuel types.  

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ECOSOC Addresses Resource and Humanitarian Assistance Implications of Climate Change [viewed]

© COPYRIGHTFOTO23 July 2009: Speakers at the General Segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), on 23 July 2009, noted that climate change presents an additional global challenge “for which extraordinary resources are needed,” and that the financial architecture dealing with climate change should be efficient, effective and equitable.

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