UNCCD News Focuses on Food Security and a Brown Revolution [viewed]

September 2011: The lastest issue of "UNCCD News," a newsletter published by the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), focuses on food security and efforts that have been undertaken to mitigate the effects of food crisis through sustainable land management.

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European Commission Evaluates 2002-2012 Environment Action Programme [viewed]

31 August 2011: The European Commission has unveiled its final assessment of the implementation of the sixth Environment Action Programme (EAP) of the EU over the past decade, highlighting progress, shortcomings and lessons learned in relation to biodiversity, climate change and the green economy.

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Event: Ninth BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change [viewed]

At the Eighth BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change, Ministers welcomed the offer of China to host the Ninth BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change on 31 October-1 November. A meeting of experts will be held alongside this Ministerial meeting.  

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Event: Regional Meeting Preparatory to UNCCD COP 10 for Country Parties of Annex IV [viewed]

The Regional Meeting preparatory to UNCCD COP 10 for country parties of Annex IV (Northern Mediterranean) will take place in Bonn, Germany.  

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Event: Asia Regional Meeting Preparatory to UNCCD COP 10 [viewed]

The Asia Regional Meeting Preparatory to the 10th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification will take place in Bali, Indonesia.  

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Guest Article #65: Clean Energy: Helping Propel Asia to New Prosperity [viewed]

There are many people claiming that this could very well be Asia's century. The region's relatively quick recovery from the global recession has caused the economic axis of the world to tilt in its direction, and Asia seems poised to lead the world with its vibrant, dynamic economies. While the eyes of the world may naturally fall on the economic powerhouses of the People's Republic of China and India, countries such as Indonesia and Viet Nam are also finding success, climbing out of poverty to reach middle income status within a few decades, and poised to continue their ascent.

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UN Secretary-General Underlines Threats of Climate Change in the Pacific [viewed]

5 September 2011: During his official visit to Kiribati, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated the President of Kiribati on his active participation in multilateral efforts to address climate change, in particular by promoting dialogue among parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum Holds Special Session on DRR [viewed]

3 September 2011: Flavia Munaaba, Ugandan Minister of State for the Environment, opened the Special Joint Session on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) during the 29th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF29). The Special Session was convened to effect a paradigm shift for addressing climate change and risks within the region, with participants highlighting progress in reducing drought risk so far.

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First Meeting of the Technology Executive Committee Focuses on Stakeholders Engagement [viewed]

UNFCCC3 September 2011: The first meeting of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) convened in Bonn, Germany, from 1-3 September 2011, to discuss how the TEC will provide overviews of technology needs, assess policy and technical issues related to technology development and transfer, share information on new and innovative technologies, facilitate and catalyze action on technology, and find ways to engage stakeholders to build the momentum on the Technology Mechanism.

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UNIDO, Germany Strengthen Cooperation on Renewables and Energy Efficiency [viewed]

UNIDO2 September 2011: The Government of Germany and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have agreed to strengthen their cooperation in the promotion of energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy in developing countries, including the promotion of sustainable industrial development.  

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