IPCC Task Group Meeting Opens [viewed]

Geneva, Switzerland 19 November 2008: The 15th meeting of the Intergovernmental

Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for

Impact and Climate Analysis (TGICA) opened on 19 November 2008, at the World

Meteorological Organization (WMO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and will

conclude on 21 November.

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UNGA Second Committee Calls for Increased International Aid to Countries Affected by El Niño Phenomenon [viewed]

Sixty-third UN General Assembly 18 November 2008: The Second Committee (Economic and

Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), at its 63rd session, approved by

consensus a draft resolution calling on the international community to step up

assistance to countries affected by the El Niño phenomenon.

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ITU Focus Group on ICTs and Climate Change to Hold Second Meeting [viewed]

ITU and Climate Change 18 November 2008: The second meeting of the Focus Group on

information and communication technologies (ICTs) and climate change,

established by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), will convene

from 25-28 November 2008, at ITU headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

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CBD Expert Group on Biodiversity and Climate Change Convenes [viewed]

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) 17 November 2008: Addressing the first meeting of the Ad Hoc

Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Biodiversity and Climate Change of the

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which is meeting from 17-21 November

2008, in London, UK, CBD Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf recalled that the

Group's objective is to provide biodiversity-relevant information to the UNFCCC

through the provision of scientific and technical advice and assessment on the

integration of the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity into

climate change mitigation and adaptation activities.

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UNEP Launches Green Star Awards [viewed]

Green Star Awards 17 November 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has

launched, with Green Cross International and the UN Office for the Coordination

of Humanitarian Affairs, the Green Star Awards.

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UN Secretary-General Appoints Assistant Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

 International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) 17 November 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has

appointed Margareta Wahlström (Sweden) as Assistant Secretary-General for

Disaster Risk Reduction and the Secretary-General's Special Representative for

the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action in the Secretariat for the

International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR).

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CDM Releases Reports from Recent Meetings [viewed]

17 November 2008: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has

released the reports from recent meetings of its Methodology Panel,

Afforestation and Reforestation (A/R) Working Group, and Small Scale Working

Group (SSC WG).

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GEF Council Re-elects Monique Barbut as CEO, Approves Climate-Related Projects [viewed]

Monique Barbut, GEF CEO & Chairperson 14 November 2008: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council re-elected Monique Barbut as CEO during its biannual meeting, which took place from 11-13 November 2008, in Washington DC, US. The Council also renewed efforts to scale up technology transfer to developing countries looking to mitigate and adapt to climate change challenges, by approving projects amounting to US$50 million for climate-related activities.

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UNFF Expert Group Discusses Financing Framework, REDD [viewed]

The United Nations Forum on Forests 14 November 2008: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) Ad Hoc

Expert Group on Finance convened in Vienna, Austria, from 10-14 November 2008,

to develop proposals for the development of a voluntary global financial

mechanism/portfolio approach/forest financing framework to support: the

implementation of sustainable forest management (SFM); the achievement of the

global objectives on forests; and the implementation of the non-legally binding

instrument on all types of forests.

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IPCC Bureau to Plan for Fifth Assessment Report [viewed]

November 2008: The 38th Session of the Bureau of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is scheduled to convene from 24-25 November 2008, at World Meteorological Organization (WMO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

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