IFPRI to Hold Panel Discussion on Agriculture at International Climate Discussions [viewed]

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

March 2009: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is organizing a panel discussion titled “Securing a Place for Agriculture at International Climate Discussions.” The event will be held on 27 March 2009 in Washington DC, US, and will address how the role of agriculture, land-use change and forestry for climate change mitigation and adaptation can be adequately reflected in a future climate regime.

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Guest Article #10: Food Insecurity and Climate Change: Uncertain Times and Tough Choices [viewed]

Throughout the world, poor people are becoming poorer as a result of failing food systems and changing climates. For many more, the buffer provided by regular employment and a steady income is being eroded by the worst economic recession since the great depression. As millions more become poor, they are vulnerable to volatility of food prices and of the cost of seeds, fertilizers and other inputs needed to grow food.

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UN-REDD Programme Approves Funds [viewed]

Forests store CO2 helping alleviate climate change

18 March 2009: The UN-REDD Programme, an initiative on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), has approved US$18 million for activities in five pilot countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Programme is sponsored by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the UN Development Programme, and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The approved sum constitutes roughly one-third of available funding under the Programme, and will be dedicated to measures such as monitoring, stakeholder engagement, enhancement of non-carbon benefits, and strengthening of institutional capacity.

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WMO Releases Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2008 [viewed]

WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate

18 March 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) published its annual Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2008. The WMO Statement contains information for 2008 on global temperature, regional temperature anomalies, global precipitation, droughts, flooding and storms, La Niña, tropical cyclones, Antarctic ozone hole and Arctic sea ice extent, as well as an article on benefits for climate monitoring and assessment of data rescue activities.

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UN-HABITAT Launches New Cities and Climate Change Initiative [viewed]

Cities and Climate Change

17 March 2009: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has officially launched the Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI) at a conference titled “Cities and Climate Change,” which took place on 17 March 2009, in Oslo, Norway. The initiative focuses on mitigation and adaption to climate change impacts on human settlements within the framework of urban governance, decentralization, strengthening local authorities, and environmental planning and management.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Two AWG-LCA Documents on the Fulfilment of the Bali Action Plan [viewed]

17 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released two documents on the Fulfilment of the Bali Action Plan and components of the agreed outcome (FCCC/AWGLCA /2009/ 4 (Part I and II)) prepared by the Chair of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) in response to a request from the AWG-LCA at its fourth session. The documents are aimed at focusing the negotiating process on the fulfilment of decision 1/CP.13 (the Bali Action Plan) and on the components of the agreed outcome to be adopted by the Conference of the Parties at its 15th session, by describing areas of convergence in the ideas and proposals of parties, exploring options for dealing with areas of divergence, and identifying gaps that might need to be filled by building upon the ideas and proposals of parties.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Note by AWG-LCA4 Chair Containing Summary of Views [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat

17 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a note by the Chair of the fourth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA4), which was held in Poznan, Poland, from 1-10 December 2008.

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WMO International Polar Day Focuses on Polar Oceans [viewed]

WMO International Polar Day Focuses on Polar Oceans

17 March 2009: Polar Days are a part of International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008, a scientific initiative organized through the International Council for Science and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary: Copenhagen Offers “Window of Opportunity” We Cannot Afford to Miss [viewed]

Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary

17 March 2009: Speaking at “Carbon Market Insights 2009,” which is taking place from 17-19 March 2009, in Copenhagen, Denmark, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, noted that, although carbon prices are projected to decrease in 2009 due to the financial crisis, the carbon market has not collapsed. He added that its future depends on “the level of ambition of industrialized countries.” Recognizing that the Poznan Climate Change Conference of December 2008 had not been marked by any major political outcomes, he noted that it made progress in a number of specific areas of work, including the operationalization of the Adaptation Fund, the streamlining and speeding up of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), and the full endorsement of an intensified negotiating schedule for 2009.

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IMO Intersessional Meeting Makes Progress on Energy Efficiency for Ships [viewed]

16 March 2009: The second intersessional meeting of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Working Group on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions from Ships took place at IMO headquarters in London, UK, from 9-13 March 2009. The meeting brought together over 200 experts and focused on technical and operational measures to reduce GHG emissions from ships. A report from the meeting will be presented to the 59th session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 59), to be held in July 2009.

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