GCOS Releases Updated Implementation Plan for the Global Observing System for Climate [viewed]

31 August 2010: The updated version of the Implementation Plan for the Global Observing System for Climate in Support of the UNFCCC, including the revised list of Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Essential Climate Variables (ECVs), has been published.

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OECD Publishes Paper on Costs and Benefits of Adaptation [viewed]

10 August 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a working paper titled “Plan or react? Analysis of Adaptation Costs and Benefits Using Integrated Assessment Models.”

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OECD Publishes Working Paper on Effectiveness of Copenhagen Accord Pledges [viewed]

4 August 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a working paper titled “Costs, Revenues, and Effectiveness of the Copenhagen Accord Emission Pledges for 2020.”

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UNCTAD World Investment Forum Opens in China [viewed]

7 September 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (by videoconference), Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and former US President Bill Clinton addressed the World Investment Forum in Xiamen, China, highlighting the current challenge of integrating investment policies to encourage the transformation towards a low-carbon economy.

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UNEP Releases Climate Neutral Strategy [viewed]

7 September 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a master plan to reduce its carbon footprint and pave the way towards climate neutrality.

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UNEP FI and Insurance Industry Release Statement on Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

6 September 2010: Leading insurance companies within the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), together with ClimateWise, The Geneva Association, and the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII) have called on governments worldwide to harness risk management techniques and insurance expertise to help the developing world adapt to climate change.

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UNFCCC Compliance Committee Publishes Note on Admission of Observers [viewed]

3 September 2010: The UNFCCC Compliance Committee has published a note (CC/8/2010/4) concerning the working arrangements to operationalize rule 9 of the rules of procedure.

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EBRD and Japan Sign MoU to Support Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

3 September 2010: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate in the co-financing of environmental projects, the development of carbon emission reduction instruments, and co-financing and non-sovereign financing of municipal infrastructure, in particular linked to climate-related projects.

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IEA Releases 2010 Key World Energy Statistics [viewed]

1 September 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published the 2010 edition of its annual publication “Key World Energy Statistics,” covering national production and consumption characteristics, regional trends, and other key indicators for over 130 countries.

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IWMI Releases Paper on Water Storage and Rainfall Variability [viewed]

September 2010: The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has released a paper describing the need for systematic planning in water storage and management to cope with increased rainfall variability.

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