Event: Sustainable Transport and Air Quality Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean 2011 [viewed]

This Conference is co-sponsored by the Clean Air Institute (CAI), the Spanish Fund for Latin America & the Caribbean (SFLAC), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank, GIZ and the City of Rosario, Governments of Brazil, Mexico and Spain. Participants will discuss “How to Achieve Sustainable Urban Transport?” Among other things, the Conference will examine health and environmental benefits of improving urban transport, emissions inventories and monitoring, use of alternative fuels, carbon financing to improve urban transport, and regional collaborative initiatives in Latin America & the Caribbean. The main conference will be held on 11-13 May. The Conference will be preceded on 9-10 May by training courses organized with the collaboration of GIZ. On 10 May, a high-level meeting will take place with transport and environment authorities, specialists and key stakeholders from leader cities that are transitioning to sustainable transportation, to discuss and advance a regional agenda, and provide technical and political inputs for regional and global transport and climate negotiations.  

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Event: Climate Change, Price Volatility and Food Security: Perspectives from Southeast Asia [viewed]

This international workshop is hosted by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) with the Indonesian National Poverty Commission and Ministry of Agriculture. It will convene researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to explore opportunities for building resiliency against growing food security risks that confront many countries in Southeast Asia. IFPRI is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  

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Ozone Secretariat Releases 2010 Technical Options Committee Reports [viewed]

March 2011: The Ozone Secretariat has released the 2010 Technical Option Committee (TOC) assessment reports.

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Event: Seventh Inter-American Dialogue on Water Management (D7) [viewed]

The Inter-American Water Resources Network (IWRN) and the Organization of American States (OAS) have organized this Dialogue to reflect on advances on integrated water resource management (IWRM) in the region, its challenges and future demands. Among other things, the Dialogue will discuss water management in a changing environment, including climate change, and collaborative mechanisms for transboundary water resources management.  

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Calls for Momentum on Cancun Agreements [viewed]

24 March 2011: Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting of ministers in Mexico City, Mexico, who gathered to discuss the implementation of the Cancun Agreements, Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, called on governments to maintain momentum to ensure that timelines agreed at the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, in December 2010, are met.

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WMO Releases Statement on the Status of Global Climate in 2010 [viewed]

24 March 2011: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released its annual "Statement on the Status of the Global Climate," highlighting that global surface temperatures reached record values and that 2010 represented the closure of the warmest decade on record.

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UNESCO Releases Staff Guide to Greening [viewed]

24 March 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched the "Staff Guide to Greening UNESCO," which offers UNESCO staff simple tips to incorporate environmentally-friendly behavior into their work life.

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UNWTO, Thailand Improve Hotels' Energy Efficiency [viewed]

24 March 2011: The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Government of Thailand have concluded a project that assisted hotels in reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy costs through energy-saving technologies.  

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Report of the 31st Meeting of the CDM Afforestation and Reforestation Working Group Released [viewed]

23 March 2011: The report of the 31st meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Afforestation and Reforestation (A/R) Working Group, which was held from 14-16 March 2011 in Bonn, Germany, is now available on the CDM website. The Working Group considers matters relating to CDM afforestation and reforestation project activities.

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UN-REDD Approves Funding for REDD+ in Ecuador [viewed]

23 March 2011: The UN-REDD Programme Policy Board has agreed, among other things, to approve US$4 million in funding for Ecuador's National Programme for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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