UNFCCC Publishes Report on Enhancing Observer Engagement [viewed]

19 October 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report (FCCC/SBI/2010/16) that synthesizes the proposals made by parties and observer organizations on ways to enhance the engagement of observer organizations.

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UNEP Regional Seas Releases Marine Biodiversity Assessments [viewed]

19 October 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Seas office has released the Marine Biodiversity Assessment and Outlook: Global Synthesis, which provides the first systematic overview at a sub-global scale of the state of knowledge of marine biodiversity, the pressures it currently faces and the management frameworks in place for addressing those pressures.

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UNGA Third Committee's Discussion of Indigenous Issues Opens [viewed]

18 October 2010: The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) began its discussion of indigenous issues and the Second International Decade of the World's Indigenous People on 18 October 2010, in New York, US.

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UN-HABITAT and Local Partners Celebrate Hanoi's 1000th Anniversary [viewed]

18 October 2010: At the occasion of the 1000th anniversary of the Vietnamese capital Hanoi, the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the People Committee of Hanoi, the Vietnam Urban Planning and Development Association, and the University of Hawaii's Globalization Research Center organized a conference titled "Hanoi Millennium: City Past and Future,"  from 12-13 October 2010.

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World Agroforestry Centre Highlights Mitigation Potential of "Fertilizer Trees" [viewed]

15 October 2010: At the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue held in Iowa City, Iowa, US, from 13-15 October 2010, Dennis Garrity, Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre, described the challenge of doubling food production by mid-century and combating climate change.

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World Bank Report 2010 Highlights Rise in Climate-Related Investments [viewed]

October 2010: The World Bank presented its Report 2010, which indicates that Bank support to low-carbon investments, including through the International Development Association (IDA) and Trust Funds, rose to US$3.9 billion this fiscal year, up from US$2.4 billion in fiscal 2009.

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OPEC Celebrates 50th Anniversary [viewed]

October 2010: The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) celebrated the 50th anniversary of its creation by making reference to its achievements, including sustainable development.

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UNEP Launches Reports from Carbon Mapping Project [viewed]

20 October 2010: The UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Center (UNEP-WCMC) has launched carbon maps showing how carbon stocks in Asia, Africa and Latin America overlap with biodiversity hot spots. The maps were launched at the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), convening in Nagoya, Japan.

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UN Secretary-General Travels to Marrakesh and Strasbourg [viewed]

19 October 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted climate change issues in statements recently delivered in Marrakesh, Morocco, at the World Policy Conference, and Strasbourg, France, at the European Parliament.

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UNDP Supports Sustainable Energy Project in Tanzania [viewed]

UNDP19 October 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is supporting a pilot project in Tanzania that aims to reduce firewood use by 50% by providing affordable, reliable and sustainable energy services to the poor. 

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