UN-HABITAT Conference Adopts Declaration on Green Building for Africa [viewed]

14 May 2010:  The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) held a conference on Promoting Green Building Rating in Africa from 4-6 May 2010, at its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The event brought together experts, practitioners and decision makers from 20 African countries and concluded with the adoption of a declaration to promote and foster green building practices in Africa.

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IPCC Review Committee Holds First Meeting [viewed]

14 May 2010: The InterAcademy Council, an organization of the world's science academies, has convened a committee to conduct an independent review of the procedures and processes of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The committee's first meeting was held on 14 May 2010, at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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UNDP Launches Photo Contest "Picture This: We Can End Poverty" [viewed]

14 May 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with Olympus Corporation and the Agence France-Presse (AFP) Foundation, launched a photo contest titled "Picture This: We Can End Poverty." The competition will feature work carried out in various countries to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 to demonstrate how ordinary people around the world are addressing their most pressing development challenges.

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Informal Briefing on the UNFCCC Process Held [viewed]

14 May 2010: The Permanent Missions of Denmark and Mexico and the Executive Office of the Secretary-General co-organized an informal briefing to delegations on the UNFCCC process on 14 May 2010, at UN Headquarters in NY, US.

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CBD Releases April Bulletin of Activities [viewed]

13 May 2010: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published the April issue of its Monthly Bulletin of Activities, which includes a report on the recently held workshop on regional action to combat invasive species on islands to preserve biodiversity and adapt to climate change.

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UNFCCC Publishes Technology Submissions [viewed]

11 May 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a document synthesizing the views on the areas of focus set out in section IV of  the terms of reference for the review and assessment of the effectiveness of the implementation of Article 4, paragraphs 1(c) and 5, of the Convention (technology transfer)  specified in 11 submissions received from: Australia, Belarus, Belize, Canada, Colombia, the Czech Republic on behalf of the European Community (EC) and its member States, Grenada on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), Kazakhstan, Japan, Panama on behalf of Costa Rica, Mexico and Panama, Saudi Arabia, and Uzbekistan (FCCC/SBI/2010/INF.6).

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Event: V Latin American Carbon Forum [viewed]

The Latin American Carbon Forum is a regional platform established to promote knowledge and information sharing on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) while facilitating business-opportunity environments among main carbon market stakeholders. This Forum is organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risøe Centre, the World Bank, the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and International Emissions Trading Association (IETA).  

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UNECE Launches Pilot Projects on Adaptation in Transboundary Basins [viewed]

14 May 2010:The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has launched a new programme of pilot projects aimed at promoting cooperation on adaptation to climate change under the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (UNECE Water Convention). The Programme was launched at the workshop “Water and Climate Change- How to Develop an Adaptation Strategy in Transboundary Basins,” which took place from 10-11 May 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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UNDP Supports Recording of Climate Change Impacts in Samoa [viewed]

13 May 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is providing support through the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme Initiative to indigenous communities to record the impacts of climate change on their habitat. The videos produced will aim to support climate resilience and grassroots actions for policy change. 

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UNEP Announces Sustainable Tourism Partnership [viewed]

12 May 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the French Government have announced the Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism, which is aimed at making the tourism industry environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. The Partnership is designed to identify and replicate successful and sustainable initiatives.

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