European Commission Encourages Certification of Biofuels [viewed]

10 June 2010: To prepare for implementation of the 2009 EU Renewable Energy Directive, the European Commission has released three documents on biofuels: a communication on voluntary schemes and default values in the EU biofuels and bioliquids sustainability scheme; a communication on the practical implementation of the EU biofuels and bioliquids sustainability scheme and on counting rules for biofuels; and a decision on guidelines for the calculation of land carbon stocks.

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UNDP Administrator Speaks on Development Cooperation in Times of Crisis [viewed]

UNDP9 June 2010: UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark delivered a speech at the Conference on Development Cooperation in Times of Crisis and on Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which convened in Madrid, Spain, on 9-10 June 2010.

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UNCCD Organizes Land Day 2 [viewed]

6 June 2010: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) organized Land Day 2 on 5 June 2010, in parallel to the May/June Climate Change Talks in Bonn, Germany. The event sought to heighten the attention of policy- and decision-makers to the importance of land issues in the ongoing climate change negotiations, and to foster a dialogue that could strengthen an agreement regarding the post-2012 period for climate change policy.

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UNDP Reports Progress on Greening Businesses in Viet Nam [viewed]

3 June 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Viet Nam, through the Global Environment Facility (GEF), are helping to green small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the brick, ceramics, textiles, paper production and food processing sectors.

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Guest Article #42: Climate Change, Environment and Migration [viewed]

While the movement of people as a result of changes in the environment is not a new phenomenon, it is only in the last two decades that the international community has begun to recognise the wider implications that a changing climate and environment have for human mobility.

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EIB Finances World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm [viewed]

10 June 2010: The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a GBP 250 million loan to DONG Energy, for the construction of the London Array, expected to be the world's largest offshore wind farm.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Says Farewell [viewed]

9 June 2010: UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer gave his final speech as Executive Secretary at a UN Climate Change negotiation in Bonn, Germany, on 9 June 2010, in which he outlined some personal reflections on how the negotiation process is evolving.

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UNECE Energy Efficiency Project to Establish Investment Fund [viewed]

9 June 2010: The 15th session of Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency Investments for Climate Change Mitigation of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) met in Geneva, Switzerland, on 9 June 2010. The meeting concluded with agreement to establish a UNECE-sponsored private-public partnership investment fund for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

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FAO-Backed Bangladeshi Radio Assists Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock Sectors [viewed]

8 June 2010: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Bangladeshi Ministry of Agriculture have set up a radio station run by and for people living in remote parts of Bangladesh, to broadcast  information to support those working in the agriculture, fisheries and livestock sectors.

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UN Global Compact Cities Programme Reports Progress [viewed]

May 2010: The UN Global Compact has scaled up efforts to advance its Cities Programme, which provides a model for approximately 40 cities around the world to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to long-term challenges based on the ten principles of the Global Compact, in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption.

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