IFAD President Calls on the Arab Agricultural Sector to Address Challenges of Food Security and Climate Change [viewed]

Lennart Båge, President of the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

18 January 2009: Speaking at the 31st Summit of the League Arab States (LAS), held from 17-18 January 2009, in Kuwait City, Lennart Båge, President of the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), called for re-engaging the agricultural sector to meet the challenges of food security and climate change, with particular attention to energy efficiency, water scarcity and the environment.

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CDM Methodologies Panel Report and Annexes Released [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretriat

28 January: The report of the 36th meeting of the Panel on Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) baseline and monitoring methodologies and its annexes are now available on the CDM website. The meeting convened from 19-23 January 2009, at the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany.

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CDM Executive Board Releases Proposed Agenda and Annotations of 45th Meeting [viewed]

28 January: The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has released the proposed agenda and annotations, as well as the draft work programme, for its 45th meeting, scheduled to be held from 11–13 February 2009, at the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany.

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IDB Supports Renewable Energy Matrix in Peru [viewed]

IDB supports creation of new sustainable energy matrix in Peru

28 January 2009: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will provide financial and technical support to the Government of Peru to support an integrated approach to developing conventional and renewable energy sources in order to contribute to climate change mitigation. A new energy matrix is the centerpiece of a package of measures Peru has agreed to carry out under a US$150 million programmatic policy-based loan approved by the IDB Board of Executive Directors on 28 January 2009.

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UNWTO Tourism Resilience Committee Stresses Need for “Smart Tourism” [viewed]

28 January 2009: At the first Meeting of the UN World Tourism Organization's (UNWTO) Tourism Resilience Committee, which convened on 28 January 2009, in Madrid, Spain, participants discussed the need for the sector's short-term response to the economic down-turn to be aligned with long-term commitments to sustainable development, poverty alleviation and climate change mitigation.

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ILO's Global Employment Trends Report 2009 Recommends Low-Carbon Growth [viewed]

Unemployment, working poor and vulnerable employment to increase dramatically due to global economic crisis

28 January 2009: The International Labour Organization (ILO) has released the Global Employment Trends Report 2009, which examines the impact of the economic crisis on jobs and possible future scenarios.

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European Commission Releases Proposals for “Comprehensive Climate Change Agreement in Copenhagen” [viewed]

European Commission

28 January 2009: The European Commission has released a communication entitled “Towards a comprehensive climate change agreement in Copenhagen,” which sets out proposals to achieve the EU's objective to ensure that global average temperature does not increase more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels. It addresses three key challenges: targets by developed countries and appropriate actions by developing countries; the need to address the financing of actions by developing countries (both to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change); and the need to build an effective global carbon market.

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OECD's Secretary-General's Message to Davos: Promote a “Green” Recovery [viewed]

Article by OECD's Secretary-General

27 January 2009: The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2009 opened in Davos, Switzerland, under the overall theme “Shaping the Post-Crisis World.” Over 2,500 participants and 40 Heads of State and government are participating in the meeting, where business, civil society and government leaders have gathered to share ideas on how to shape the post-crisis agenda, from economic reform to climate change. In an article entitled “The world needs to rewrite the rules of finance and global business,” Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), writes that the Organisation is focusing on a strategic response to the crisis involving specific policy recommendations. He stresses the need for new thinking in various areas, including in tackling climate change, social exclusion and poverty, and calls for encouraging “the low-carbon innovation needed for a “green” recovery.”

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UNITAR Receives IDRC Grant for Climate Change Adaptation in Africa [viewed]

UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) 27 January 2009: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) has a received a grant of CAD175,275 from the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC), to support climate change adaptation activities in Africa. 

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International Renewable Energy Agency Established [viewed]

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

27 January 2009: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) held its founding conference in Bonn, Germany, on 26 January 2009, bringing together representatives from over 100 governments. IRENA was set up to promote renewable energy worldwide and help create conditions for renewable energy development.

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