Event: First Intersessional Meeting for UNCSD [viewed]

As called for at the first PrepCom of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, also called Rio+20), the first of three intersessional meetings will be 10-11 January 2011.  

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Event: Workshop on Improving the Regional Distribution of CDM Projects in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), in collaboration with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat. It aims to increase the number of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects in countries currently hosting fewer than ten registered CDM projects. The workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge on recent developments on CDM modalities, identifying and overcoming barriers for the promotion of CDM projects in their countries and related technical, financial and policy issues. The workshop also offers one-on-one discussion with the ADB team of experts to discuss project structuring and options to move forward. The workshop is a first of a series targeting participation from seven countries with less than ten registered CDM projects, namely: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Nepal and Sri Lanka.  

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Event: Pacific Environment and Conservation Workers Meeting [viewed]

The meeting is organized by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and aims to prepare a unified Pacific position on biodiversity for the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Key issues that will be discussed at the meeting include: climate change and biodiversity; invasive species; marine and coastal biodiversity; protected areas; sustainable financing; forest biodiversity; access and benefit sharing; traditional knowledge and agriculture biodiversity. In addition, the meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss the new SPREP Strategic Plan and Targets and linkages with the other multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs).  

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Event: International Energy Efficiency Forum and Workshop on Investments in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects [viewed]

The Forum is organized jointly by the Government of Kazakhstan, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). It will combine an assessment of energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy (RE) policy and legislative frameworks with the analysis of international best practices in EE and RE, focusing on ways and means of financing EE and RE investments.  

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Event: V International Workshop Course: Carbon Markets "Carbon Project as a New Business Opportunity" [viewed]

This course is organized by the National Environmental Fund - FONAM PERU, with support from the Ministry of Environment of Peru, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risoe Center. It will include presentations on: Kyoto and Voluntary Markets; Post-Copenhagen perspectives; carbon project finance; and methodological and legal issues. In addition, the event will feature a workshop and a matchmaking session between carbon firms and project developers.  

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Guest Article #46: IRENA: Tackling Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Developing Renewable Energies [viewed]

Several approaches have been launched to tackle greenhouse gas emissions. One of them is to promote renewable energies and accelerate their deployment. Initiating a paradigm shift and securing the energy transition towards renewable energy were the reasons why 75 countries met in Bonn on January 26th 2009. On that day, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) was created as the result of decades of lobbying from researchers, politicians and economists.

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UN Launches Decade for Deserts and the Fight Against Desertification [viewed]

16 August 2010: The UN has launched the Decade for Deserts and the Fight Against Desertification, which will run from 2010-2020 and will seek to raise awareness and action to improve the protection and management of the world's drylands. 

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UNFCCC Releases AWG-LCA Negotiating Text [viewed]

13 August 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a document (FCCC/AWGLCA/2010/14) containing the results of the work of the drafting groups at the 11th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 11).

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Pacific Disaster Risk Management Partnership Network Discusses Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

13 August 2010: The fifth Annual Meeting of the Pacific Disaster Risk Management Partnership Network was organized around the theme "Enhancing the Implementation of the Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Management Framework for Action through a Multi-stakeholder Approach."

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UNEP Climate Neutral Network Hosts Green Project [viewed]

13 August 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Climate Neutral Network hosted a one-day visit from the Greek conservation group, Green Project, on 13 August 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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