UNIDO and EurAsEC to Cooperate on Climate Change, Energy and the Environment [viewed]

UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

23 January 2009: Kandeh Yumkella, UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Director-General, and Tair Mansurov, Secretary-General of the Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC), have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) between the two organizations, at UNIDO headquarters in Vienna, Austria. The MoC provides new cooperation prospects between UNIDO and EurAsEC countries in areas such as: energy and climate change; the environment, including water management; agro-industries; trade capacity building and private sector development.

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IFAD Discusses Opportunities and Risks of Biotechnologies [viewed]

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

21 January 2009: Ides Willebois, on behalf of Leonard Båge, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), delivered a statement to the German Bundestag outlining IFAD's perspective on the risks and opportunities of agro-biotechnology and other agricultural technologies.

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UNFCCC Releases Venezuela's Position on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage in Geological Formations as CDM Project Activities [viewed]

January 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an addendum containing the position of Venezuela on the issue of carbon dioxide capture and storage in geologic formations as Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project activities established in the Kyoto Protocol under discussion in the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (FCCC/SBSTA/2008/MISC.10/Add.1).

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Qatar Joins World Bank's Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership [viewed]

Qatar Joins World Bank's Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership

25 January 2009: The World Bank's Global Gas Flaring Reduction partnership (GGFR) welcomed Qatar as the first Gulf State to join the global effort to reduce the flaring of gas associated to oil production.

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UNFCCC Adds Project Tracking Feature to its CDM Website [viewed]

UNFCCC Adds Project Tracking Feature to its CDM Website

23 January: The UNFCCC Secretariat has added a tracking feature to the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) website, through which stakeholders are provided with information updates on the status of projects submitted for registration and undergoing the completeness check process. 

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Sudan Assumes G77 Chairmanship, Says Climate Change Requires the Widest Cooperation and Commitment [viewed]

Group of 77 (G77)

23 January 2009: In his statement at the assumption of the chairmanship of the Group of 77 (G77) for 2009, Altigani Salih Fidail, Sudan's Minister of International Cooperation, said the Group will tackle multiple and inter-related crises in 2009, including climate change, drought, desertification and the loss of biological diversity, and stressed that the lack of implementation of internationally agreed goals remains the “Achilles heel of the UN development agenda.”

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UNWTO Calls on Tourism Sector to Mainstream Green Activities [viewed]

UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

23 January 2009: Addressing the European Travel Commission's Transatlantic Conference, which convened on 20 January 2009, in New York, US, Assistant Secretary-General of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Geoffrey Lipman, emphasized the potential role of tourism in boosting the economy, while maintaining commitments to sustainable development, and called for the tourism sector to mainstream green activities.

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UN-ESCWA to Organize Meeting on Promotion of Renewable Energy Applications [viewed]

UN-ESCWA to Organize Meeting on Promotion of Renewable Energy Applications. Picture credit: Ahmad S. Qader

January 2009: The UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (UN-ESCWA) is organizing an Expert Group Meeting on “Best Practices and Measures for Promoting Renewable Energy Applications in ESCWA Region,” scheduled to take place from 3-4 February 2009, in Beirut, Lebanon. Back to back with the meeting, the UN-ESCWA Committee on Energy will convene its seventh session from 5-6 February.

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ESCAP and Japan Launch Satellite to Monitor Global GHG [viewed]

Satellite to Monitor Global Greenhouse Gases Launched Successfully

23 January 2009: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have launched a satellite to monitor greenhouse gases (GHG) from space. The GHG Observing Satellite “IBUKI” (or “GOSAT” in its English-language acronym) is the first satellite to observe GHG and monitor changes in the effects they cause.

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UNEP Reports on “Asian Brown Cloud” Study [viewed]

 New research shows that two thirds of soot pollution in South Asia comes from biomass combustion

23 January 2009: The UN Environment Programme has reported that a new study carried out by Indian and Swedish scientists shows that two-thirds of the soot particles contributing to the “Asian Brown Cloud,” which has a large effect on South Asia's climate, are caused by biomass combustion. The results of the study, which are presented in the latest issue of Science, suggest that the remainder of the soot comes from fossil fuel combustion. 

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