Event: G8 Science and Technology Ministers Meeting [viewed]

This preparatory meeting will feed its results into the annual summit of the Group of eight most industrialized nations (G8).  

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Event: First ASEM Ministerial Conference on Energy Security [viewed]

The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) is an informal process of dialogue and cooperation, bringing together the 27 EU member States and the European Commission with 16 Asian countries and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat.  

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IDB and FONTAGRO to Fund Climate Change Impact Studies [viewed]

© IDB5 May 2009: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Regional Fund for Agricultural Technology (FONTAGRO) have announced that they will fund three projects on adapting regional productive systems to climate change.

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GEF Small Grants Programme Launched [viewed]

© GEF5 May 2009: The Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Small Grants Programme was launched in Zambia on 24 April 2009, at one of the projects that benefited from the funding.

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WMO Convenes Workshop on Global Atmosphere [viewed]

© WMO5 May 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), under its Global Atmosphere Watch programme, is convening a workshop from 5-7 May 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland. The workshop brings together about 90 experts from 30 countries to discuss the need for new improved observational and analysis techniques to address climate-relevant questions and advance studies of atmospheric composition.

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ADB Names Eminent Climate Change Advisors, Releases Sustainability Report [viewed]

© ADB4 May 2009: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has established an Advisory Group of seven eminent persons to advise the Bank on how to strengthen its programmes to meet the global challenge of climate change. The Advisory Group on Climate Change and Sustainable Development will help ADB management consider ways to assist ADB's developing member countries move their economies onto low-carbon development paths and address the social impacts of climate change.

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UN Department of Public Information Focused on MDGs and Climate Change [viewed]

© UN4 May 2009: The UN Committee on Information is holding its 31st session from 4-15 May 2009, in New York, US. Opening the meeting, Amb. Antonio Lima (Cape Verde) noted that the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) is now better equipped, more focused and technologically better prepared to spread the message about the work carried out by the Organization.

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Federated States of Micronesia and Mauritius Propose Climate-Related Amendment to Montreal Protocol [viewed]

3 May 2009: A joint proposal has been submitted by the Federated States of Micronesia and Mauritius to amend the Montreal Protocol. The amendment proposes to regulate and phase-down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) with a high global warming potential and promote the destruction of banks of ozone-depleting substances (ODS).

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ILO, WHO, UNIFEM and FAO Make Joint Submission to AWG-LCA [viewed]

April 2009: The International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) have submitted suggestions in the framework of the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long Term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA) related to development and social issues, in particular on employment and incomes, food and agriculture, gender equality, health and development.

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Event: International Energy Conference 2009 [viewed]

This conference is titled “Towards an Integrated Energy Agenda Beyond 2020: Securing Sustainable Policies and Investments.” It is co-organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy, the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Austrian Development Cooperation and the Austrian Energy Agency. The Conference will stress the need for increased international cooperation and highlight the role the UN system and development partners can play in the field of energy.  

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