FAO Releases Information Note on Forest Management and REDD [viewed]

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10 November 2009: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released an information note clarifying terminology used in the climate negotiations on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD). The note states that the lack of a common understanding of the terms “sustainable management of forests (SMF)” and “sustainable forest management (SFM)” is confusing the debate on the eligibility of activities for incentives under a REDD+ instrument (REDD+ referring to REDD, plus the role of conservation, SMF and enhancement of forest carbon stocks).

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IRRI Publication Highlights Impacts of Climate Change on Rice Production [viewed]

IRRINovember 2009: The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), published the October to December issue of “Rice Today,” which features articles on climate change and rice harvests.

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JISC Launches Programmes of Activities [viewed]

UNFCCCNovember 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced that the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC) has enabled programmes of activities (JI PoA). At its 18th meeting, which was held from 22-23 October 2009, the JISC adopted a procedure that will enable JI PoA under the JI Track 2 procedure.

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Event: Bonn Symposium 2009: Sustainable Development in Times of Crises Opposition or Opportunity? [viewed]

The Bonn Symposium 2009 will call for coherent reflection upon the structural causes of current crises as well as upon the sustainability of lifestyle norms, and seek to present practical recommendations to safeguard sustainable development in times of crises. The Bonn Symposium is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, and the Foundation for International Dialogue of the Savings Bank in Bonn. Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, will offer the keynote address.  

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UNEP Co-Hosts Workshop on Climate Impact in Kenya [viewed]

workshop-on-climate11 November 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Swedish Government co-hosted a climate change conference on 11 November 2009, in Nairobi, Kenya, to raise awareness of the implications of climate change for Kenya's economy and vulnerable groups.

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UN Secretary-General Urges US to Take Leading Role in Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

ban-ki-moon-met-with-us11 November 2009: During a visit to Washington DC, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with US Congressional leaders to discuss the status of international climate change negotiations.

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CBD Stresses Threat Posed to Ecosystems by Climate Change-Induced Invasive Species [viewed]

threat-posed-to-ecosystems11 November 2009: Scientists and Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) officials have stressed that, as global warming alters temperatures and precipitation patterns around the world, the threat posed by invasive species is rising.

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ECOWAS and EU Discuss Climate Change [viewed]

logoeupresidency11 November 2009: Representatives of the EU and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) discussed climate change, among other issues, during the sixteenth EU-ECOWAS Ministerial Troika meeting, which convened in Abuja, Nigeria, on 11 November 2009, under the Co-Chairmanship of Frank Belfrage, Swedish State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, and Amb. Bagudu M. Hirse, Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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UNICEF Focuses on the Impact of Climate Change on Nutrition and Child Health [viewed]

Unicef Logo10 November 2009: In an official visit to Mali, UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Ann Veneman discussed the impacts of climate change on child health, stressing that it could increase the numbers of undernourished people in the near future.

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UNDP and Spain Sign New Partnership to Boost Efforts to Address Poverty and Climate Change [viewed]

Undp10 November 2009: UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark and Spanish Secretary of State for International Cooperation Soraya Rodriguez have signed a multi-year Strategic Partnership Agreement primarily supporting UNDP projects targeting poverty and addressing climate change.

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