Event: Sustainability Virtual Summit: Smart ICT [viewed]

This event is the first in a virtual event series focusing on sustainable Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) and their contribution to climate change mitigation. It will include Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, and Georg Kell, Executive Director, UN Global Compact, as keynote speakers.

 

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Event: Second Meeting of Caring for Climate Signatories [viewed]

This meeting is by invitation only and is organized by the UN Global Compact. The event will bring together some 150 corporate practitioners, climate experts and civil society leaders. Participants will discuss best practices in managing risks and opportunities associated with climate change action. In particular, the meeting will focus on advancing mitigation efforts and promoting the diffusion of innovative low-carbon technologies in particular in developing markets and emerging markets, and enhancing the understanding of the role of business in adapting to the impacts of climate change.  

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Guest Article #33: Chemicals management and climate change [viewed]

Chemicals are an integral part of the daily life with over 100,000 different substances in use. There is hardly any industry where chemical substances are not implicated and there is no single economic sector where chemicals do not play an important role. While chemicals are a major contributor to national economies, their sound management throughout their lifecycle is essential in order to avoid significant risks to human health and ecosystems along with their associated economic costs. Sound management of chemicals is also critical in order to optimize the operation of chemical and related industries, and to develop sustainable patterns of production.

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CDM Executive Board Elects New Chair and Vice-Chair [viewed]

8 February 2010: Clifford Mahlung (Jamaica) has been chosen by the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) to serve as its Chair for 2010. In addition, Pedro Martins Barata (Portugal) has been chosen to serve as Vice-Chair.

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FAO Launches Website on Assisted Natural Forest Regeneration [viewed]

8 February 2010:  The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has created a new website on assisted natural regeneration (ANR) of forests, an effective and low cost forest and biodiversity restoration and rehabilitation method.

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UNEP Executive Director Defends IPCC Assessment Findings [viewed]

6 February 2010: Responding to recent criticism for a mistake made in the 2007 Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) over the rate of melting of the Himalayan glaciers, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner, has defended the Panel's findings.

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UNFCCC Publishes Copenhagen Meeting Reports [viewed]

5 February 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the tenth session of Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) (FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/17) and the report of the eighth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA) (FCCC/AWGLCA/2009/17), which were  held in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 7-15 December 2009.

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CIF-Pledged Funds for Forest Management and Renewable Energy Investments Reach US$700 Million [viewed]

4 February 2010: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) held meetings of its Scaling Up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries (SREP) sub-committee on 3 February 2010, and its Forest Investment Program (FIP) sub-committee from 3-4 February 2010, in Washington DC, US.

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UNFCCC Publishes Information Note on New COP and COP/MOP President [viewed]

2 February 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published  an information note (YdB/DBO/NAW/esp/Log 276-10)  informing parties that Lykke Friis, the Danish Minister for Climate and Energy, has replaced Lars Løkke Rasmuseen, the Prime Minister of Denmark, as the President of the Conference of the Parties (COP) and the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP) for the remainder of the mandate of Denmark's presidency.

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Event: International Polar Year Oslo Science Conference [viewed]

The International Polar Year 2007-2008 (IPY) was an intensive, internationally coordinated scientific research campaign focused on the Arctic and the Antarctic, sponsored by the International Council for Science and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). This conference will celebrate and publish early results from the IPY, with particular emphasis on new knowledge about the linkages between climate change in the Polar Regions and global climate systems.  

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