PROFOR's June Newsletter Highlights REDD-related Activities [viewed]

June 2010: The Program on Forests (PROFOR) of the World Bank has released its latest newsletter, highlighting PROFOR's recent activities relating to forests and climate change.

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FAO Releases Study on Forestry's Impact on GHGs [viewed]

June 2010: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released a forestry paper titled "Impact of the global forest industry on atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHGs)," which traces the value chain of forest products (roundwood, processed wood products, and pulp and paper) and calculates a net contribution of 467 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year from the forest product chain.

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African Rice Research Aims to Meet Food Security Goals and Respond to Climate Change [viewed]

21 May 2010: The Africa Rice Center has reported on new research that shows that African rice is not inherently lower yielding than Asian rice and describes the adaptability of African rice to harsh growing conditions in Africa, hence its value for developing improved varieties suited to a changing climate.

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ECOSOC Concludes Second Development Cooperation Forum [viewed]

30 June 2010: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) held its second high-level Development Cooperation Forum on 29-30 June 2010, in New York, US, built around multi-stakeholder dialogues covering various types of global development cooperation, aid allocation and effectiveness, and policy coherence.

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UN-REDD, UNFF Present at Commonwealth Forestry Conference [viewed]

1 July 2010: Ravi Prabhu, Senior Programme Officer for the UN-REDD Programme, and Jan McAlpine, Director of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), delivered presentations at the Commonwealth Forestry Conference, taking place in Edinburgh, UK, from 28 June–2 July 2010. The theme of the Conference, which takes place every four to five years, is “Restoring the Commonwealth's forests: Tackling climate change.”

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CBD Secretariat Calls for Nominations for Participation in REDD Workshop [viewed]

29 June 2010: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited nominations of two country-designated technical experts to participate in the Global Expert Workshop on Biodiversity Benefits of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD), tentatively scheduled to take place from 20-24 September 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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UNIDO Outlines Priority Cooperation Areas in Azerbaijan [viewed]

29 June 2010: During an official visit to Azerbaijan, Kandeh Yumkella, UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Director-General, highlighted that energy and environment remain a priority area of cooperation.

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World Bank Supports Energy Access Project in Ethiopia [viewed]

29 June 2010: The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors has approved an Interational Development Assistance (IDA) credit of US$180 million equivalent for a project aimed at establishing a sustainable programme for expanding access to electricity and improving the quality and adequacy of the electricity supply in Ethiopia.

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Earth System Science Partnership Participates in Global Media Forum [viewed]

21 June 2010: The Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP) convened a session at the Global Media Forum on 21 June 2010, in Bonn, Germany, on "Media-ting change: the effective use of media in creating societal awareness of climate change." 

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Report of the 31st Session of the Joint Scientific Committee for WCRP Released [viewed]

17 June 2010: The report of the 31st session of the Joint Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) has now been published and is available online.

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