UNIDO's “Making It” Magazine Focuses on LDCs' Challenges [viewed]

November 2010: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has published the fourth issue of its magazine, “Making It: Industry for Development,” with the theme “On track to prosperity?” 

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Policy Update #8: The UN Climate Convention and Kyoto Protocol: Redux or Redundant? [viewed]

“I now close my career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty.” US General Douglas MacArthur

What fate awaits the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol? Will they just fade away, victims of the current diplomatic impasse on the scope and form of a future agreement? Are they doomed to become an irrelevance as key stakeholders look elsewhere for answers? Or are fears of their demise premature? Will the UNFCCC and perhaps even the Kyoto Protocol instead be restored to their former pre-Copenhagen stature, renewed and ready for the post-2012 period?

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FAO Holds Expert Meeting on Land Tenure and Mitigation in Forestry and Agriculture Sectors [viewed]

17 November 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) hosted an expert meeting on "Land tenure issues and requirements for implementing climate change mitigation policies in the forestry and agriculture sectors" in Rome, Italy, from 15-17 November 2010.

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UNDP Administrator Discusses Climate Change Vulnerability with Prime Minister of Bangladesh [viewed]

16 November 2010: Helen Clark, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, in her official visit to Bangladesh, and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina discussed the country's vulnerability to climate change. Topics included rising sea levels, increased salinity and the national adaptation plan. 

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UNEP FI Calls for Policies to Spur Private Investment in Low-carbon Growth [viewed]

16 November 2010: The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Climate Change Working Group, together with partners, have called for national and international policies that will spur private investment into low-carbon growth and protect the world economy from the worst impacts of climate change, in a statement issued in the lead-up to Cancun.

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ECLAC Seminar Evaluates Vulnerability of Rural Poor to Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

10 November 2010: A seminar on "Agriculture and Climate Change: Innovation, Policies and Institutions" warned that over 50% of the rural population in Latin America and the Caribbean is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change on agriculture.

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UNEP Provides Environmental Training to Peacekeepers [viewed]

9 November 2010: As part of the Natural Resources Management in Post-Conflict Countries Initiative, developed by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in partnership with the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), UNEP convened a four-day training course for UN Field Mission staff.

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AfDB Launches African Carbon Support Project [viewed]

8 November 2010: The African Development Bank (AfDB) launched a project designed to assist project developers in the continent in accessing carbon finance to ensure the commercial feasibility of their projects.

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AOSIS Holds Ministerial Consultation on Climate Change in Preparation for COP 16 [viewed]

2 November 2010: The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) held an Informal Ministerial Consultation on Climate Change from 1-2 November 2010 in St. George's, Grenada. The aim of the Ministerial Consultation was to discuss he AOSIS position in preparation for the 16th session of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP 16) to be held in Cancun, Mexico.

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GEF STAP Recommends Improved Monitoring of Eco-Certification Impacts on Environmental Indicators [viewed]

November 2010: The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) published an advisory document on "Environmental Certification and the Global Environment Facility," summarizing the evidence base for eco-certification initiatives in generating global, national, regional and local environmental benefits, as well as evidence related to the socioeconomic impacts on participants.

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