UNGA High Level Event on Desertification Provides Input to COP 10 and UNCSD [viewed]

20 September 2011: Prior to the opening of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the UNGA convened a High-level Meeting on addressing desertification, land degradation and drought in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication. The outcome of the deliberations will feed into the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Outlines Key Issues for Durban [viewed]

Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary19 September 2011: During a press briefing held in New York, US, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres discussed her expectations for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC, which will take place at the end of 2011 in Durban, South Africa, and underscored the significance of high-level consultations in New York, during the UN General Assembly (UNGA).

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UNFCCC Joins Caring for Climate [viewed]

19 September 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has signed an agreement with the UN Global Compact and the UN Environment Porgramme (UNEP) to join the "Caring for Climate" initiative, which aims to advance the role of business in addressing climate change. 

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CDM Launches New Rules and References Webpage [viewed]

19 September 2011: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has developed and launched a new "Rules and References" section on its website, which includes a new interface and streamlined navigation.

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Housing and Urban Development Ministers Focus on Climate Change and Natural Disasters [viewed]

19 September 2011: The 20th General Assembly of Ministers of Housing and Urban Development of Latin America and the Caribbean (MINURVI) focused on the challenges posed by climate change and natural disasters to housing, cities and urban development in the region.

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ICAO Announces Phase-Out of Halon-Emitting Fire Extinguishers [viewed]

16 September 2011: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), at the working group meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, announced that it has amended standards related to aircraft operations and airworthiness to phase out halon-emitting fire extinguishers on board.

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African Energy Ministers Conference Adopts Johannesburg Declaration [viewed]

African Union (AU)16 September 2011: African Energy Ministers convened for a two-day conference titled “Road to Durban: Promoting Sustainable Energy Access in Africa,” to develop and agree on priorities for sustainably developing Africa's energy sector. Concluding with the adoption of the Johannesburg Declaration, the Ministers lamented that climate change threatens to reverse the developmental gains that have been achieved in recent years.

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IDB Finances Public Transport Infrastructure in Colombian Cities [viewed]

IDB15 September 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved US$320 million in loans to Colombia for the development of public transport system in four cities, focusing on improving public transport and shortening circulation times of public vehicles, thus cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, expected to benefit 800,000 passengers daily.

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UNEP Report Calls for Transition to Green Economy in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

15 September 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in partnership with the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), IGES (Japan) and Chinese Academy of Sciences, has released a report titled “Resource Efficiency: Economics and Outlook for Asia and the Pacific,” which calls for a new “green” industrial revolution through improvements in resource efficiency.

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UNITAR Workshop Strengthens Thailand's Green Diplomacy Capacity [viewed]

9 September 2011: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand organized a workshop on multilateral and green diplomacy aimed to strengthen Thai Government's capacity to engage in climate change negotiations in the lead-up to the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to be held in Durban, South Africa, at the end of 2011.

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