High-Level Meeting Hails Yasuni-ITT Initiative as Model [viewed]

23 September 2011: A High-Level Meeting held during the 66th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has praised an agreement between the Government of Ecuador and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), through which the former forgoes exploiting large oil reserves in its national park in return for receiving half the reserve's value through a trust fund administered by UNDP for investments in alternative energy and social programmes.

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UNEP Spotlights TUNZA Delegate's Cooking Oil Project [viewed]

23 September 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has spotlighted a waste cooking oil recycling project, the Turn Grease into Fuel (TGIF) project, which collects over 36,000 gallons of waste cooking oil annually, and converts the grease into heating fuel and biodiesel.

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Winners of CDM African Radio Contest Announced [viewed]

23 September 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced the finalists for the first UNFCCC/Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) African Radio Contest. The contest was for African radio journalists to create a radio story that answers the question: “How can my community/city/country benefit from the CDM?” and aimed to help raise awareness about climate change issues and the CDM.

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Palau, Marshall Islands to Seek Advice from World Court on GHG Impacts [viewed]

22 September 2011: The Governments of Palau and the Marshall Islands have called upon the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to seek, on an urgent basis, an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the responsibilities of States under international law to ensure that activities carried out under their jurisdiction of control that emit greenhouse gases (GHGs) do not damage other States.

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UNECE Releases European Forest Sector Outlook Study II [viewed]

22 September 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released the European Forest Sector Outlook Study II (EFSOS II) 2010-2030, which covers the 27 members of the EU, as well as Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, illustrating the consequences of today's policy choices for the future of forests.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses Meeting of Ibero-American Ministers of Foreign Affairs [viewed]

22 September 2011: In his statement delivered at the lunch meeting of Iberoamerican Foreign Ministers in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that advancing economic growth, lifting people out of poverty and protecting the environment are interlinked, "one and the same cause." 

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UNCCD and Partners Launch Economics of Land Degradation Initiative [viewed]

UNCCD21 September 2011: The European Commission, the German Government and the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have launched the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) initiative.

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European Commission Launches Public Consultation on Vehicle Emissions [viewed]

21 September 2011: The European Commission has launched a public consultation on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from road transport, with a view to obtaining the views of individuals and organizations on the relevance and impact of proposed strategy and legislation.

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EEAS Publishes Strategy for Security and Development in the Sahel [viewed]

21 September 2011: The European External Action Service (EEAS) published on a Strategy for Security and Development in the Sahel, including climate change adaptation.

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EMG Releases Key Findings from Global Drylands Report [viewed]

20 September 2011: As an input to the UN High Level Event on Desertification, the Environment Management Group (EMG) released key findings from its forthcoming report, titled “Global Drylands: A UN System-wide Response.”   

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