IEA Holds International Workshop on Energy Efficiency Strategies [viewed]

Innovations in National Energy Efficiency Strategies and Action Plans 21 October 2008: The International Energy Agency (IEA), the European Commission and the European Energy Network hosted an international workshop in Paris, France, on 21 October 2008, on “Innovations in National Energy Efficiency Strategies and Action Plans.” The workshop aimed to encourage the development of high-quality energy efficiency strategies and plans that lead to significant improvements in energy efficiency.

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UN Deputy Secretary-General: Climate Change Could Derail Africa's MDG Prospects [viewed]

21 October 2008: Speaking at the ninth Regional Consultation

Mechanism (RCM) meeting of UN agencies and organizations working in Africa,

which took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, UN Deputy Secretary-General

Asha-Rose Migiro warned that the global financial crisis, compounded by food

shortages and the effects of climate change, could “derail Africa's prospects”

of attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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UN Secretary-General Urges EU to Complete Energy and Climate Package, Addresses Financial and Climate Crises [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 22 October 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has

addressed the climate and financial crises in a number of meetings and

statements in the past two days. He has sent letters to the heads of the EU

states, encouraging the EU to conclude its energy and climate package by the

end of 2008, in order to provide a positive signal to the international

community in its negotiations on emission reduction commitments for the

post-2012 period.

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UNEP Launches Green Economy Initiative [viewed]

UNEP Launches Green Economy Initiative to Get the Global Markets Back to Work 22 October 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a Green Economy Initiative, which seeks to respond to the global economic downturn by focusing economic growth and job creation in environmental industries.

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UNFCCC: Informal Meeting of Experts Convenes on Methodological Issues Relating to Reducing Emissions from Forest Degradation in Developing Countries [viewed]

Informal Meeting of Experts on Methodological Issues relating to Reducing Emissions from Forest Degradation in Developing Countries

22 October 2008: Representatives from parties, intergovernmental

organizations, and nongovernmental organizations met in Bonn, Germany, from

20-21 October 2008, to discuss methodological concerns relating to reducing

emissions from forest degradation in developing countries (REDD).

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ITU Urges ICT Industry and Standards Leaders to Reduce their Carbon Footprint [viewed]

Global Standards Symposium meets in Johannesburg

21 October 2008: Speaking at the International

Telecommunication Union (ITU) Global Standards Symposium, held on 20 October

2008, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Malcolm Johnson, ITU Telecommunication

Standardization Bureau Director, called on the information and communication

technology (ICT) industry to play its role in addressing climate change.

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IEA Publishes Book on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage [viewed]

CO2 Capture and Storage 20 October 2008: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a new study on carbon dioxide (CO2) Capture and Storage (CCS). The study, which was released on 20 October 2008, considers aspects such as CO2 transport and storage, CCS demonstration, financial and regulatory incentives, development of legal and regulatory frameworks, public awareness and acceptance, international co-operation, and CCS Roadmaps, as well as the role of CCS in ambitious new energy scenarios that aim for substantial emissions

reduction.

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UN and EU Partnership – Highlights of Development Successes [viewed]

16 October 2008: The UN team in Brussels has released its

third annual report, which details UN/EU partnership achievements. The report

is based on inputs collected from UN country offices around the world. Emphasis

is placed on the support that the UN and EU provide to national development

strategies and initiatives related to strengthening national capacities.

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Global Climate Observing System Steering Committee Convenes [viewed]

17 October 2008: The sixteenth session of the Global Climate

Observing System (GCOS) Steering Committee took place from 14-17 October 2008,

in Geneva, Switzerland. The GCOS Steering Committee is a group of experts

selected for their personal expertise and appointed jointly by the GCOS

sponsoring organizations – the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the

International Council for Science (ICSU) – to formulate the overall concept and

scope of GCOS and to provide scientific and technical guidance to the

sponsoring and participating agencies for the planning, implementation and

further development of GCOS. Committee members were presented with an overview

of key activities over the past year and with feedback from sponsors regarding

future development of GCOS.

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Global Climate Observing System Steering Committee Convenes [viewed]

17 October 2008: The sixteenth session of the Global Climate

Observing System (GCOS) Steering Committee took place from 14-17 October 2008,

in Geneva, Switzerland. The GCOS Steering Committee is a group of experts

selected for their personal expertise and appointed jointly by the GCOS

sponsoring organizations – the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the

International Council for Science (ICSU) – to formulate the overall concept and

scope of GCOS and to provide scientific and technical guidance to the

sponsoring and participating agencies for the planning, implementation and

further development of GCOS. Committee members were presented with an overview

of key activities over the past year and with feedback from sponsors regarding

future development of GCOS.

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