Event: ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2010 [viewed]

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference, the top policy making body of the ITU, is held every four years and sets the ITU's policy, financial planning and strategic goals. This year's Conference will consider various issues, including: ITU's strategic plan and financial plan for 2012-2015; cybersecurity; and the enhanced use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in mitigating climate change and delivering emergency communication in the wake of natural disasters. In addition, the Conference will include four side event sessions featuring debates between experts from government and industry, on: roadblocks to ‘broadband inclusion for all;' enabling a low-carbon future: the key role of ICTs to address climate change; accessible ICTs for persons with disabilities; and cybersecurity.  

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Event: Regional Forum to Update the Strategic Action Programme on Lake Tanganyika [viewed]

The forum is organized by the Secretariat of the Lake Tanganyika Authority (LTA), and attended by experts in environmental management and fisheries, government officials of the riparian countries Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, and Zambia, as well as professionals from a range of local, regional and international research institutes and NGOs, including ICRAF, IUCN, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the WWF. Participants will update the Strategic Action Programme in recognition of new threats, such as climate change and biological invasions, that have emerged since its adoption.  

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Director of the ACP Observatory on Migration Focuses on South-South Migration and MDGs [viewed]

28 September 2010: The Director of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States Observatory on Migration, Laurent de Boeck, stated that improved management of South-South migration can contribute positively to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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UNFCCC Publishes WHO AWG-LCA Submission [viewed]

30 September 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a submission (FCCC/AWGLCA/2010/MISC.7) from the World Health Organization (WHO) under ideas and proposals on the elements contained in paragraph 1 of the Bali Action Plan.

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UNGA General Debate Wraps Up [viewed]

29 September 2010: The General Debate of the 65th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) concluded on 29 September 2010, in New York, US, with Assembly President Joseph Deiss (Switzerland) underlining that many speakers had addressed the risks associated with climate change, including the loss of biodiversity, and reiterated the need for more efforts to address those challenges head on.

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World Bank and IDB Co-Organize Energy Efficiency and Access Forum for Latin America [viewed]

29 September 2010: An Energy Efficiency and Access Forum, which was jointly organized by the Mexican Government, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank, highlighted that Latin America's power generating capacity may need to double over the next 20 years to meet the growing demand for electricity.

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IEA Newsletter Discusses World's First CSS Standard [viewed]

29 September 2010: The International Energy Agency's (IEA) Greenhouse Gas Research and Development Program's (IEAGHG) latest Greenhouse Issues newsletter focuses on carbon capture and storage (CCS) discussions within the G8, the development of a new CSS standard, and other CSS-related news.

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UNDP Contributes to Recovery Efforts in Pakistan [viewed]

29 September 2010: As part of the recovery efforts from the monsoon floods in Pakistan, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) will build approximately 5,000 disaster-resistant and energy efficient houses for those left homeless in the coastal area of Thatta, where 86% of the population lives below the poverty line.

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Equator Prize Ceremony Held at MDG Summit [viewed]

20 September 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and various partners honored 25 local and indigenous community groups from developing countries with the Equator Prize during a gala event at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, US, on the margins of the Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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UNFCCC Executive Director Speaks on Risk Transfer and Adaptation [viewed]

20 September 2010: UNFCCC Executive Director Christiana Figueres delivered a keynote address during the Swiss Re high-level event titled "Risk and Resiliency: Risk Transfer and Adaptation in Developing Economies," which took place as part of the Climate Week 2010, in New York, US.

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