Iceland Suggests Poor Countries Pursue Geothermal Energy [viewed]

24 September 2010: Össur Skarphéðinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade of Iceland, told the UN General Assembly (UNGA) that geothermal energy could prove to be an important component of the renewable energy mix poor counties.

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European Atlas of Soil Biodiversity Released [viewed]

23 September 2010: The European Commission's research body, the Joint Research Centre, has published for the first time an indicator-based map of potential threats to soil biodiversity in Europe, highlighting its role in agriculture and in the water and carbon cycles.

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WWAP and Partners Organize Film Contest [viewed]

22 September 2010: The UN World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) and TheWaterChannel.tv, with the support of the Mexican National Water Commission (CONAGUA), the Mexican Consejo Consultivo del Agua, A.C., are organizing the "Water, Climate and… Action!" short film contest.

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Major Economies Forum Discusses Prospects for Cancun [viewed]

21 September 2010: The eighth meeting at the leaders' representative level of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate took place in New York, US, from 20-21 September 2010, and was attended by officials from the 17 major economies, as well as the UN, Barbados, Denmark, Egypt, Singapore and Spain.

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African MDG Report for 2010 Launched [viewed]

September 2010: The African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have jointly produced the 2010 report on "Assessing Progress in Africa toward the Millennium Development Goals (MGDs)."

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Event: Energy Efficiency and Access Forum [viewed]

The Energy Efficiency and Access Forum is organized by the Mexican Secretary of Energy, the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The event is being organized in the run up to the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancún to take place in December of this year. The debate will center around three main topics: norms and standardization; capacity building and dissemination of information to the public; and successful programs from Mexico and other countries.  

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Event: Third Lead Authors Meeting on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

The World Meterological Organization (WMO) is hosting the Third Lead Authors Meeting for the Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX) for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Submitted comments to the the SREX Expert Review, which took place from 26 July-20 September 2010, will serve as the basis for discussions. The 30th Session of the IPCC in 2009 decided to prepare the SREX with the involvement of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR).  

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UNEP Releases Brief on Green Economy and MDGs [viewed]

20 September 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released "A Brief for Policymakers on the Green Economy and Millennium Development Goals" (MDGs), which concludes that investment in clean energy, sustainable transport, forests and environmentally-friendly agriculture is essential for meeting the MDGs. The brief was launched at the UN Summit on the MDGs, convening from 20-22 September 2010, in New York, US.

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UN Review of the Mauritius Strategy Urges post-Kyoto Agreement [viewed]

26 September 2010: The High-level Review Meeting on the Implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States SIDS (MSI+5), convened from 24-25 September 2010, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, as part of the 65th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).

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UNGA Tackles Climate Change, SIDS and Disaster Issues [viewed]

25 September 2010: The general debate of the UN General Assembly's 65th session started on 23-25 September 2010, in New York, US, with several speakers addressing issues related to climate change, disasters and small island developing States (SIDS).

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