Event: CBD COP 10 [viewed]

The tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is expected to assess achievement of the 2010 target to reduce significantly the rate of biodiversity loss, adopt an international regime on access and benefit-sharing and celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity 2010.  

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CBD Secretariat Publishes Fifth Issue of e-Newsletter on REDD and Biodiversity [viewed]

© CBD30 July 2009: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published the fifth issue of its e-newsletter on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) and biodiversity.

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UN Secretary-General at Monthly Press Conference: Making Copenhagen a Success is “Utmost Priority” [viewed]

29 July 2009: Speaking at his monthly press conference at UN Headquarters in New York, US, UN Secretary-General stated that in September, “we will be entering a crucial stage on climate change.”

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ECOSOC Substantive Session Draws to a Close [viewed]

© ECOSOC29 July 2009: During the final week of its annual substantive session, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) adopted four resolutions and seven decisions on economic and environmental questions.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Publishes Third Newsletter of 2009 [viewed]

© UNFCCC28 July 2009: The third UNFCCC Newsletter of the year has been published, focusing on the informal negotiations that will take place from 10-14 August 2009, in Bonn, Germany.

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French GEF to Support UNIDO African Chiller Replacement Project [viewed]

© UNIDO28 July 2009: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has signed an agreement with the French Global Environment Facility (FFEM), under which the FFEM will co-finance UNIDO's African Chiller Replacement Project.

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UNICEF Stresses Impacts of Climate Change on Child Malnutrition in Madagascar [viewed]

© UNICEF27 July 2009: The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has reported that farmers have lost their crops in the drought-affected regions of southern Madagascar.

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Event: Water and Climate Days at the World Water Week in Stockholm [viewed]

The Days present a comprehensive programme of scientific knowledge, practical responses and opportunities for public awareness raising - a chance to push for greater political action in the run-up to and beyond the 15th session of the Conference of the parties to the UNFCCC. The sessions build on previous Water and Climate Days held in 2007 and 2008 and are a joint effort between many organizations working on key water and climate policy issues.  

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UNEP Reports Pakistan's Tree Planting Record [viewed]

© UNEP28 July 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), as part of its Billion Tree Campaign, has announced that Pakistan has set a Guinness World Record for planting 541,176 trees in 24 hours.

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ITU Symposium Stresses Bridging the Digital Divide to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

© ITU27 July 2009: The third International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Symposium on information and communications technologies (ICTs) and climate change concluded in agreement that achieving climate justice is in the interest of all countries and citizens, and that bridging the digital divide and bringing the benefits of ICTs to all is fundamental to tackling climate change. The third ITU Symposium convened from 8-10 July 2009, in Quito, Ecuador.

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