High-Level African Women Call for Gendered Solutions to Financial, Food and Climate Change Crises [viewed]

UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

4 March 2009: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) organized a press conference with high-ranking African women who are attending the 53rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW53), at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The panel called for gender-specific responses, including plans and programmes to address the impacts of the financial, food and climate change crises.

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IPCC Chair Calls for Strong Leadership at Climate Change Summit in South Africa [viewed]

IPCC Chair Calls for Strong Leadership at Climate Change Summit in South Africa

4 March 2009: In his address to the National Climate Change Response Policy Development Summit in South Africa, Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), expressed concern with the slow international response to mitigate climate change. The Summit is taking place from 3-6 March 2009, in Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa.

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UNEP and Partners Launch “50 by 50” Global Fuel Economy Initiative [viewed]

50by50: Global Fuel Economy Initiative

4 March 2009: At the Geneva Motor Show, taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 5-15 March 2009, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Energy Agency, the International Transport Forum and the FIA Foundation laid out a roadmap, the “50 by 50 Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI),” to halve car emissions by 2050.

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EU, GTZ and Partners to Organize Seminar on Energy and Climate Change in Cold Regions [viewed]

Energy & Climate change in cold regions

March 2009: The EU, the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), the GERES (Renewable Energies Group, Environment and Solidarities) and other partners, are organizing a regional seminar on the challenge of development in energy-related projects and climate change adaptation strategies in the cold regions of Asia, to be held from 21-24 April 2009, in Leh, India.

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UNFCCC Secretariat to Organize Technical Workshop under the Nairobi Work Programme [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat

March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat is organizing a Technical Workshop on Integrating Practices, Tools and Systems for Climate Risk Assessment and Management and Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies into National Policies and Programmes from 10-12 March 2009, in Havana, Cuba. 

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Marrakech Process: Second Newsletter Released [viewed]

Marrakech Process

February 2009: The second newsletter for the Marrakech Process has been released. The UN Environment Programme and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs are the lead agencies for this global multi-stakeholder process to promote sustainable consumption and production (SCP).

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Policy Update #1: The Road to Copenhagen [viewed]

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage

And then is heard no more: it is a tale

….full of sound and fury,

Signifying nothing.

Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 5 

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UNFCCC Releases Note on Possible Elements for Amendments to the Kyoto Protocol [viewed]

4 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a note prepared in response to a request made by the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) at its sixth session, held in August 2008, containing possible elements for amendments to the Protocol pursuant to its Article 3, paragraph 9 (FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/3). This Article relates to the consideration of commitments for subsequent periods for Annex I parties, which are to be established through amendments to Annex B. Annex B consists of a list of parties together with their respective quantified emission limitation or reduction commitments expressed as a percentage of base year or period.

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UNDP Holds Side Event on Gender and Climate Change Negotiations at CSW53 [viewed]

53rd Commission on the Status of Women

4 March 2009: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the International Alliance of Women, IUCN, the UN Environment Programme, the Gender and Climate Change Alliance, the Heinrich Boll Foundation and the Center for Asia-Pacific Women in Politics, held an event on “The Climate Change Negotiations: an Action Agenda” on 3 March 2009, at UN Headquarters, in New York, US. The event was held in parallel to the 53rd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW53), which is convening from 2-13 March 2009.

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CBD Secretariat Reports on Workshop on Mainstreaming of Biodiversity and Integration of Climate Change [viewed]

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

3 March 2009: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) circulated its monthly bulletin of activities, including a brief report on the Capacity Development Workshop for the Pacific on National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs), the Mainstreaming of Biodiversity and the Integration of Climate Change, held from 2-6 February 2009, in Nadi, Fiji.

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