UNCCD, GRF-Davos Sign MOU for Organization of 2nd Scientific Conference [viewed]

10 October 2011: On the sidelines of the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 10), Luc Gnacadja, UNCCD Executive Secretary, and Walter Ammann, President of the Global Risk Forum (GRF-Davos), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the organization of the 2nd UNCCD Scientific Conference, to be held in 2012.

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UNEP, OECD Launch Climate Change and Tourism Policy Report [viewed]

10 October 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have a released a report titled “Climate Change and Tourism Policy in OECD Countries,” which warns that unless resource-efficient policies are developed, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the tourism industry will double over the next 25 years.

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2011 Food Insecurity Report Highlights Climate Change as a Driver of Price Volatility [viewed]

10 October 2011: The newly released report titled "The State of Food Insecurity in the World: How does international price volatility affect domestic economies and food security?" stresses that price volatility is likely to continue due to climate change and weather shocks, growing demand for biofuel, and the "financialization" of food and agricultural commodities.

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IEA Report Calls for Increasing Energy Access Funding [viewed]

10 October 2011: International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a report titled "Energy For All: Financing Access for the Poor," which stresses the urgent need to increase more than five times funding for energy poverty and energy access to enable provision of energy for all.

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IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre Opens in Bonn [viewed]

7 October 2011: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) recently organized events to mark the inauguration of its IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC) in Bonn, Germany.

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UNEP Supports Bhutan's Ozone and Climate Plan [viewed]

7 October 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the Government of Bhutan's initiative to phase out ozone-depleting substances (ODS).

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CDM Executive Board Calls for Inputs on its 64th Meeting Agenda [viewed]

UNFCCC10 October 2011: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board (EB) has launched a call for public inputs on the annotated agenda and annexes for its 64th meeting, scheduled to convene from 24-26 October 2011, in Bonn, Germany.

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UNFCCC Publishes India's Submission on COP 17 Agenda [viewed]

UNFCCC7 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a document containing annotations to the additional agenda items proposed by India for inclusion in the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC, to be held at the end of 2011, in Durban, South Africa.

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IMF Review of Marshall Islands Highlights Climate Change Risks [viewed]

7 October 2011: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded its annual Article IV consultations with Marshall Islands, citing a strong economic recovery since 2009 while cautioning that long-term risks include energy supply and impacts of climate change.

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World Bank Purchases Carbon Credits from Poland's Energy-Efficiency in Buildings Scheme [viewed]

World Bank5 October 2011: The World Bank and the Government of Poland have signed an Emission Reduction Purchase Agreement (ERPA) whereby the Bank will buy carbon credits generated by Poland through energy efficiency measures in public buildings.

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