UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Addendum on Ideas and Proposals on the Elements Contained in Paragraphs 1 of the Bali Action Plan [viewed]

7 April 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an addendum (FCCC/AWGLCA/2009/MISC.1/Add.4) to document FCCC/AWGLCA/2009/MISC.1 and Add.1.3, comprising two further submissions on ideas and proposals on the elements contained in paragraphs 1 of the Bali Action Plan.

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WHO and WMO Draw Linkages between Risks and Climate at World Health Day [viewed]

© WHO7 April 2009: The World Health Organization (WHO) and international partners, including the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), celebrated World Health Day on 7 April 2009, in Beijing, China, focusing on the theme “Save lives. Make hospitals safe in emergencies.”

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UNEP Warns of Collapse of Antarctic Ice Bridge [viewed]

© UNEP7 April 2009: According to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA), the collapse of an ice bridge linking the Wilkins ice shelf to two Antarctic islands may indirectly influence sea level rise, as the decay of the ice shelf will reduce the stability of the glaciers that are feeding it.

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UN PFII to Consider Climate Change Policies' Compliance with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples' Standards [viewed]

© UN PFIIApril 2009: The seventh session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UN PFII), which took place from 21 April-2 May 2008, on the theme of “Climate change, biocultural diversity and livelihoods: the stewardship role report of indigenous peoples and new challenges,” recommended the preparation of a report on whether climate change policies and projects adhere to the standards set forth in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The nominated UN PFII special rapporteurs, Hassan Id Balkassm and Paimaneh Hasteh, have prepared a concept note for this study, which seeks to capture the concerns expressed by indigenous peoples at being excluded from the development of national policies and programmes on climate change and from participating in the international dialogue under the UNFCCC (E/C.19/2009/5). The concept note, which recommends a set of issues to be addressed in the report, will be considered by the eighth session of the UN PFII to be held at UN Headquarters, New York, US, from 18-29 May 2009.

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EBRD Funds Clean Energy Investments across Eastern Europe and the Balkans [viewed]

© EBRD31 March 2009: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is intensifying its lending for energy efficiency and clean energy projects, and has recently established two new facilities worth €110 million to finance investments by enterprises in the Western Balkans in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

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UN Secretary-General to IPU Assembly: Parliamentarians Play Crucial Role in Addressing Climate Change [viewed]

© IPU5 April 2009: In a message delivered to the 120th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), held from 5-10 April 2009, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on parliamentarians to help maintain the momentum to address climate change in face of the current economic crisis.

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UN Secretary-General Discusses Climate Change at CEB Meeting [viewed]

© CEB3 April 2009: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was in Paris, France, on 3 April 2009, for a two-day gathering of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB).

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases South Africa's Proposed Amendment to Kyoto Protocol [viewed]

© UNFCCC3 April 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has a released a notification (FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/CRP.3) relating to the amendment to the Kyoto Protocol including its Annex B, proposed by South Africa, which was adopted during the fifth meeting of the Parties to the Protocol.

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World Bank Holds Energy Week [viewed]

© World Bank3 April 2009: The World Bank's “Energy Week 2009,” which convened from 31 March-2 April 2009, in Washington DC, US, focused on the theme “Energy, Development, and Climate Change.” During the week, energy and development policy-makers and practitioners analyzed several issues, including energy innovations for clean transport; securing a climate sensitive energy supply; integrating wind energy development; and scaling up energy efficiency for climate change mitigation.

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UN-DESA Policy Brief Identifies Elements for a Global Green New Deal [viewed]

March 2009: The Director of the Division for Sustainable Development of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), Tariq Banuri, has co-authored a UN-DESA Policy Brief titled “A Global Green New Deal for Sustainable Development.”

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