UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Information for Participants to Bonn March/April Meetings [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat

16 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an information document for participants attending the upcoming seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP7) and the fifth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA5), which will be held from 29 March-8 April 2009, in Bonn, Germany.

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UNFCCC Workshop Formulates Recommendations Regarding Climate-Related Hazards, Sectoral and National Level Planning [viewed]

16 March 2009: The Workshop on Integrating Practices, Tools and Systems for Climate Risk Assessment and Management and Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies into National Policies and Programmes convened from 10-12 March 2009, in Havana, Cuba. The workshop took place under the aegis of the Nairobi Work Programme on Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change, which was established in 2006 under the UNFCCC. The event was held in collaboration with the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction and brought together approximately 80 participants, representing governments, UN agencies and constituted bodies, academia, and non-governmental organizations.

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UNESCO Meeting Formulates Recommendations on Confronting Climate Change in the Arctic [viewed]

Confronting Climate Change in the Arctic

13 March 2009: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) held an international experts meeting on “Climate Change and Arctic Sustainable Development: scientific, social, cultural and educational challenges,” which convened from 3-6 March 2009, in Monaco. The meeting brought together experts in the social and natural sciences, ethics, education and international affairs who sought the local expertise of indigenous peoples in drafting a set of 66 recommendations for follow-up action.

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UNFCCC Releases Stakeholder REDD Document [viewed]

13 March 2009: The UNFCCC has posted on its website a document regarding reducing emissions for deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) titled “Implications of REDD baseline methods for different country circumstances during an initial performance period,” submitted by The Nature Conservancy.

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Wealthy Nations to Adopt “Green” Stimulus Packages [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

13 March 2009: On the occasion of the 31st annual Lions Day at the UN, celebrated in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon explained that he will attend the G20 Summit in April in London, UK, where he would remind leaders of the developed world of the need to fulfill their promises to the most vulnerable people and for their stimulus packages to be “green” in order to help combat climate change by including investments in clean energy, renewable energy and energy efficiency.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases LULUCF Document [viewed]

12 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a document (FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/INF.1) that 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. The elaboration builds on annex III to the report of the AWG-KP on the first part of its sixth session, annex IV to the report of the AWG-KP on its resumed fifth session, and relevant information submitted by parties.

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UN Deputy Secretary-General Calls for “Climate-Proofing” the MDGs [viewed]

UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro

11 March 2009: In a speech titled “Navigating the Shifting Sands of Globalization,” delivered at a conference convened jointly by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, in Dar es Salaam, UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro underlined the need to acknowledge the gravity of the current challenges facing Africa, including climate change and the food and energy crises.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Submissions in Preparation for AWG-KP7 [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat

9 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a document containing party submissions in preparation for the seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP7), to be held in Bonn, Germany, from 29 March-8 April 2009. The document is titled “Further elaboration of the options, elements and issues contained in annex IV to document FCCC/KP/AWG/2008/3 [possible approaches targeting sectoral emissions and on greenhouse gases, sectors and source categories to be covered] and annex III to document FCCC/KP/AWG/2008/5 [possible options for consideration relating to land use, land-use change and forestry], including on which proposals could address cross-cutting issues, and how.”

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UNESCO Presents “Water in a Changing World” Report [viewed]

New report highlights crucial role of water in development

12 March 2009: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has presented the UN World Water Development Report 3, which will be launched at the Fifth World Water Forum, scheduled to take place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 16-22 March 2009. The Report, coordinated by the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), is the result of a cooperative effort by the 26 UN agencies and entities that make up UN-Water.

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Scientific Congress Delivers Preliminary Conclusions on the Latest Science of Climate Change Since IPCC's Last Assessment Report [viewed]

12 March 2009: The international scientific congress titled “Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions” took place from 10-12 March 2009, in Copenhagen, Denmark, and was organized by the International Alliance of Research Universities and attended by over 2,000 participants from around 80 countries. The main aim of the congress was to provide a summary of existing scientific knowledge two years after the Fourth Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was released and in the run-up to the UNFCCC conference in Copenhagen in December 2009. The preliminary conclusions of the Congress contain six messages concerning: climatic trends, social disruption, long-term strategy, equity dimensions, consequences of inaction, and meeting the challenge.

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