UN/ISDR Warns Against Building in Flood-Prone Areas [viewed]

18 June 2010: After a week of massive flooding in Myanmar, France and China, the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has urged governments to take flood risk into account in urban planning, and citizens to avoid building in flood prone areas.  

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UNFCCC Publishes Annual Status Reports of Annual Inventories [viewed]

17 June 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the annual status reports of the annual inventories of 19 countries.

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Indonesia Places Moratorium on Forest and Peatland Conversion [viewed]

15 June 2010: The Government of Indonesia has announced that it will place a two-year moratorium on the conversion of natural forests and peatlands. Beginning in 2011, no new conversion permits will be issued, although permits issued before 2011 will not be affected.

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UN Secretary-General Urges G20 to Focus on Green Growth [viewed]

10 June 2010: In a letter to the leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) nations, scheduled to meet in Toronto, Canada, on 26-27 June 2010, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged a focus on development and green growth.

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Event: Workshop on Experiences of Promoting the Application of the Principles of the Aarhus Convention in International Forums [viewed]

This workshop is organized in the framework of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention). Among other things, participants will discuss promoting the principles of the Aarhus Convention in the lead up to, during and after the UN Copenhagen Climate Change Conference.  

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Event: UNECE Timber Committee Market Discussions and Policy Forum [viewed]

The Timber Committee of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will gather governments, industry, research, non-governmental organizations and the media to review the latest international developments affecting the forest sector. Under the theme "Innovative Wood Products are the Future," discussion will address: wood energy, carbon markets and certified forest products markets, and the role of wood products in mitigating climate change.  

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Addresses Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum [viewed]

21 June 2010: In an address to the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum 2010, taking place from 21-23 June 2010, in Bonn, Germany, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer underlined the role played by the media in raising awareness of climate change.

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IEA Releases Paper on Renewables in Southeast Asia [viewed]

21 June 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a working paper titled "Renewables in Southeast Asian Countries: Trends and Potentials."

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APEC Energy Ministers Focus on Low-Carbon Energy Security [viewed]

19 June 2010: The ninth meeting of the Energy Ministers of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) convened in Fukui, Japan, on 19 June 2010, under the theme "Low Carbon Paths to Energy Security: Cooperative Energy Solutions for a Sustainable APEC," and agreed to improve energy efficiency and increase the clean energy supply in the APEC region.

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EIB and Others Promote Creation of Mediterranean Carbon Fund [viewed]

17 June 2010: The European Investment Bank (EIB) together with CDC Climat, the French Development Agency (AFD), PROPARCO, the Cassa depositi e prestiti (CDP) and KfW Bankengruppe, the German promotional bank, have joined forces to study and promote the creation of a Mediterranean Carbon Fund (MCF).

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