Event: Energy and Climate Ministerial of the Americas [viewed]

Hosted by the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), this meeting gathers energy ministers from across the Western Hemisphere to discuss energy security, promotion of alternative energy resources and cooperation in addressing the effects of global climate change, in the framework of the “Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas” process.  

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Guest Article #39: Spanish EU Presidency's climate priorities: it's time to act [viewed]

Spain took the rotating Presidency of the European Council in January just after the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. During the first weeks, Spain and its European partners drew lessons from the meeting. Efforts must now focus on implementing the actions accorded, and paving a constructive and inclusive process to build up to a successful summit in Cancun, where a long list of key topics need to be solved and defined.

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WFP Launches Tree-Planting Initiative in Tajikistan [viewed]

7 April 2010: The World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a tree-planting initiative in Tajikistan, which aims to secure a future source of food for the hungry poor, as well as offset some of WFP's carbon footprint. In two food-insecure areas of Tajikistan, the west and in the eastern Rasht Valley, WFP has given 800 families 40 trees each of the following varieties: apricot, pomegranate, cherry, mulberry, almond, pistachio and pine.

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Wadden Sea Management Plan Adopted [viewed]

7 April 2010: The 11th Trilateral Governmental Conference, hosted by Germany at Westerland on the Wadden Sea island of Sylt, next to the Danish border, took place from on 17-18 March 2010. The participating governments adopted a management plan for the entire Wadden Sea region to support action against a number of invasive alien species and in response to major challenges resulting from the effects of climate change in the coastal area, including sea level rise and shore line protection.

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High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing Convenes First Meeting [viewed]

31 March 2010: The High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing met on 31 March 2010, in London, UK, to begin discussions on the climate change financing promised during the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the UNFCCC, in December 2009, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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UNFCCC Publishes International Transaction Log Submissions [viewed]

31 March 2010: The UNFCCC has published submissions (FCCC/SBI/2010/MISC.4) from Croatia, Japan, Spain on behalf of the EU, and Sri Lanka regarding their views on the approach to be taken by the Executive Secretary with regard to the collection of international transaction log fees.  

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WORLD URBAN FORUM 5 DEVELOPS RECOMMENDATIONS TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE INCLUSIVE CITIES [viewed]

The fifth World Urban Forum (WUF-5), which took place from 22-26 March 2010, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, under the theme “The Right to the City: Bridging the Urban Divide,” was hosted by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the Government of Brazil.

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Policy Update #6: The Post-Copenhagen Voyage: Where Are We Heading? [viewed]

An ocean of ink, mental sweat and more than a few tears have been shed on the Copenhagen Climate Conference recently. Since December, an army of experts have had something to say about what happened at COP 15 and what it means. Some see the post-Copenhagen cup as half-empty, others as half-full. Still more believe the cup is almost completely dry. Many have agonized over a “lost opportunity.” A few have even indulged in finger pointing and blaming the “culprits” they hold responsible for what happened—and did not happen—at COP 15.

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HIGH-LEVEL DIALOGUE DISCUSSES FINANCING FOR DEVELOPMENT [viewed]

The Fourth High-level Dialogue of the General Assembly on Financing for Development (FfD) concluded with several references to the role of the combat of climate change in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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IMO [viewed]

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) held its 60th session from 22-26 March 2010, in London, UK, and focused on the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping.

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