Speakers at Opening Session for CSD IPM Highlight Linkages with Climate Change [viewed]

Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs

23 February 2009: Speakers at the opening session of the Intersessional Preparatory Meeting (IPM) for the 17th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD17) highlighted linkages between climate change and CSD17's thematic cluster of issues: agriculture, Africa, drought, desertification, land and rural development. The IPM is meeting in New York, US, from 23-27 February 2009.

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UNEP GC25/GMEF Takes Decisions on Climate, International Environmental Governance and Mercury [viewed]

25th Session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum

23 February 2009: Delegates to the 25th Session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC25/GMEF), which met from 16-20 February 2009, in Nairobi, Kenya, took 17 decisions including on international environmental governance, a significantly increased UNEP budget, support to Africa on climate change, and mercury. In the decision on support to Africa, the GC requests the UNEP Executive Director to work with the UN Economic Commission for Africa to provide technical support to the African Climate Policy Centre once established, and to promote the mainstreaming of climate change into social and economic development processes. On coordination within the UN, the GC welcomes the Executive Director's efforts as chair of the UN Environment Management Group, including in promoting the UN's commitment in moving towards climate neutrality. In addition, the GC approved funding to support climate change activities.

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New UNIDO Report Addresses Climate Change, Industrialization and the Bottom Billion [viewed]

Breaking in and moving up: New industrial challenges for the bottom billion and the middle-income countries

23 February 2009: The UN Industrial Development Organization has launched its annual Industrial Development Report, titled “Breaking in and moving up: New industrial challenges for the bottom billion and the middle-income countries.” Although climate change is not the main focus of report, reference is made to how countries can help address the environmental consequences of industrial growth.

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IPCC Posts Documents for its 30th Session [viewed]

23 February 2009: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Secretariat has posted documents in preparation for its 30th session, which will take place from 21-23 April 2009, in Antalya, Turkey. The meeting will focus on the future of the IPCC, in particular the scoping of the Fifth Assessment Report.

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WMO Workshop Recommends Developing a Drought Index [viewed]

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

19 February 2009: The International Workshop on Drought and Extreme Temperatures, organized jointly by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the China Meteorological Administration, took place from 16-17 February 2009, in Beijing, China. The workshop brought together over 40 scientists from climate and agricultural research institutes, universities and environmental monitoring organizations, and concluded with the adoption of several recommendations to cope with increasing droughts and extreme temperatures on agriculture, rangelands and forestry.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Provisional Annotated Agenda for AWG-LCA5 [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat

February 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the provisional annotated agenda for the fifth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA5), which will take place from 29 March-8 April 2009, in Bonn, Germany (FCCC/AWGLCA/2009/1).

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UNECE to Organize Workshop on Energy Efficiency in Housing [viewed]

 UNECE announces the first Workshop on energy efficiency in housing

February 2009: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is organizing a workshop on energy efficiency in housing, from 21-22 April 2009, in Sofia, Bulgaria. The workshop will bring together representatives from governments, the private sector and academia to provide UNECE member States with policy guidance and suggestions on how to increase energy efficiency in the housing sector.

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African Monsoon Conference to Discuss Climate Change Issues [viewed]

African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analyses (AMMA)

February 2009: The African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analyses (AMMA) will hold its third International Conference from 20-24 July 2009, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. AMMA is endorsed by the World Climate Research Programme and International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, both co-sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization.

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UNEP Report Finds Climate Change Could Generate New Conflicts [viewed]

Over Forty Per cent of Intrastate Conflicts Linked to Natural Resources, Says UNEP Report

20 February 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report titled “From Conflict to Peacebuilding - The Role of Natural Resources and the Environment.”

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Pacific Ministerial Forum Calls for Enhanced ICT Role in Disaster Preparedness [viewed]

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

20 February 2009: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) organized the Pacific ICT Ministerial Forum, titled “Connecting the Unconnected,” which convened in Nukualofa, Tonga, from 17-20 February 2009.

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