CBD Sends Input to UNFCCC on Biodiversity, ILC Aspects of REDD+ Safeguards [viewed]

CBD30 September 2011: A submission of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) contains summaries of four expert workshops on the links between biodiversity and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries), including relevant biodiversity safeguards.

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Latin American Carbon Forum Calls for CDM Continuity [viewed]

30 September 2011: The sixth Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum concluded in San José, Costa Rica, with calls by carbon project developers and the private sector to clarify the future of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and other carbon finance options.

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PAHO Adopts Strategy and Action Plan on Climate Change [viewed]

30 September 2011: The 51st Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) adopted a new strategy and action plan on climate change drafted by the PAHO Secretariat. These documents call on countries in the Americas to develop national climate change strategies with technical help from PAHO and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as national campaigns to increase awareness of the health risks of climate change.

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CDM Executive Board Calls for Public Inputs on New Methodologies and Standardized Baselines [viewed]

UNFCCC29 September 2011: At its 63rd meeting, the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) agreed to open four new calls for public input on a new draft renewable energy methodology, suppressed demand, standardized baselines and new draft small scale methodologies.

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Central America Workshop Discusses Water Management and Climate Change [viewed]

23 September 2011: The Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD), the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the Global Water Partnership - Central America (GWP-CA) recently organized a workshop titled “Regional Development in the Context of Water and Climate Change."

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Major Economies Forum Calls for a Balanced Package in Durban [viewed]

17 September 2011: The 11th Meeting at the Leaders' Representative level of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate stressed the need to agree on a balanced package at the upcoming 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Durban, South Africa, at the end of the year.

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Guest Article #66: Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

The urban dimension of climate change

The effects of urbanization and climate change are converging in dangerous ways. The global population, today more than 50% urban, faces unprecedented negative impacts in terms of quality of life and social stability.

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World Habitat Day Focuses on Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

3 October 2011: The 2011 edition of World Habitat Day has organized around the theme "Cities and Climate Change," emphasizing that climate change is a critical development challenge of the 21st century, and highlighting the role of cities in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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WHO Publishes Report on Gender, Climate Change and Health [viewed]

World Health Organization (WHO)2 October 2011: The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a report on gender, climate change and health, which is based on the recognition that the effects of climate on human society, and our ability to mitigate and adapt to them, are mediated by social factors, including gender.

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UN Climate Change Conference Opens in Panama [viewed]

1 October 2011: The UN Climate Change Conference opened in Panama City, Panama, on 1 October, and is scheduled to conclude on 7 October 2011. The meeting comprises the third parts of both the 16th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments (AWG-KP) and of the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA). 

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