WMO Calls Attention to Interaction between Weather Patterns, Climate and Air Quality [viewed]

World Meteorological Day 2009

23 March 2009: Every year on 23 March, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services of its 188 members commemorate the 1950 entry into force of the Convention that created the Organization, which became a Specialized Agency of the UN a year later. The theme of World Meteorological Day 2009 is “Weather, climate and the air we breathe.”

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FAO's Committee on Forestry Calls for Implementing SFM to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

19th session of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Committee on Forestry (COFO)

22 March 2009: The 19th session of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Committee on Forestry (COFO) convened from 16-20 March 2009, at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. The meeting attracted over 550 participants from COFO member States, including heads of forestry departments, UN agencies, and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations. In plenary sessions held throughout the week, participants discussed: the FAO Strategy for Forests and Forestry; the Collaborative Partnership on Forests' Strategic Framework on Forests and Climate Change and related topics, including sustainable forest management (SFM) and climate change; forest genetic resources; reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation; access to financing; the impacts of recent economic turbulence on the forest sector; and preparations for the XIII World Forestry Congress.

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World Water Day Observed [viewed]

 World Water Day Message from Achim Steiner

22 March 2009: On the occasion of World Water Day, which was observed on 22 March 2009, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) highlighted the potential benefits of investing in the world's freshwaters, including the potential benefits to the global economic recovery and to accelerating a response to climate change.

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UN to Observe Earth Hour [viewed]

 UNEP to observe Earth Hour in support of action on climate change

20 March 2009: With the goal of mobilizing support for a UN agreement to address climate change, the UN will observe Earth Hour on 28 March 2009 by turning off the lights at UN facilities worldwide.

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Polar Bear Meeting Highlights Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

20 March 2009: Representatives from the five parties to the 1973 Polar Bear Conservation Agreement – Canada, Denmark/Greenland, Norway, the Russian Federation and the US – met from 17-19 March 2009, in Tromsoe, Norway.

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International Policy Dialogue Addresses the Development Perspective of Financing the Climate Agenda [viewed]

Financing the Climate Agenda: The Development Perspective

23 March 2009: The International Policy Dialogue on “Financing the Climate Agenda: The Development Perspective” took place in Berlin, Germany, from 19-20 March 2009. The event was convened by the Development Policy Forum, InWEnt, Germany, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), in cooperation with the UN Foundation and with the support of the KfW Banking Group. 

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Tuvalu's Submission on LULUCF [viewed]

20 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an addendum (FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/MISC.5/Add.1) to document (FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/MISC.5), which elaborates on how to address, where applicable, the definitions, modalities, rules and guidelines for the treatment of land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) under the Kyoto Protocol.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases AWG-LCA Scenario Note [viewed]

20 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the scenario note (FCCC/AWGLCA/2009/2) for the upcoming fifth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA), which will be held in Bonn, Germany, from 29 March-8 April 2009.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Parties' Submissions on the Elements Contained in Paragraph 1 of the Bali Action Plan [viewed]

20 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a compilation document containing the submissions by parties on “Ideas and proposals on the elements contained in paragraph 1 of the Bali Action Plan” (FCCC/AWGLCA/2009/MISC.1/Add.1). This document is an addendum to the 25 submissions from 22 parties contained in document FCCC/AWGLCA/2009/MISC.1, and contains three further submissions from two parties.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Stresses OPEC Members' Role in Investing in Clean Sources of Energy [viewed]

19 March 2009: Speaking at the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Counties' (OPEC) Fourth International Seminar on Petroleum, organized around the theme “Petroleum: Future Stability and Sustainability,” which took place on 18-19 March 2009, in Vienna, Austria, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer underscored the importance of introducing climate-friendly technologies despite the fact that oil will remain a dominant source of energy in the near future.

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