New IEA Executive Director Selected [viewed]

11 March 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) Governing Board has selected Maria van der Hoeven (Netherlands) to succeed Nobuo Tanaka as IEA Executive Director, beginning 1 September 2011.

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IEA Chief Economist and Stern Warn on Climate Complacency [viewed]

10 March 2011: Fatih Birol, Chief Economist of the International Energy Agency (IEA),  and Lord Nicholas Stern, Chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change at the London School of Economics, have published an Op-Ed titled "Urgent Steps to Stop the Climate Door Closing," in which they warn against the danger of not doing enough to tackle climate change.

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UNFCCC Establishes Portal for Parties' Submissions [viewed]

March 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has created a common portal, where submissions from parties can be viewed.

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Event: UNECE/FAO Seminar on the State of Forests in the UNECE Region [viewed]

This seminar will be held on World Forest Day as part of Regional Forest Information Week. Organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the seminar is titled "How successful is Sustainable Forest Management in the UNECE Region? State of forests and forest management in the UNECE region in the context of current needs and challenges." Sessions will consider: picture of the present and the past: overview of 20 years of sustainable forest management (SFM), including forest biodiversity; wood resources - status, trends and challenges; and criteria and indicators: how useful are they for SFM assessment?  

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UN Convenes Fourth Meeting of the IMG on Sustainability Management [viewed]

11 March 2011: The UN has convened the fourth meeting of the Issue Management Group (IMG) on Sustainability Management. The online meeting took place on 10 March 2011, during which the over 20 participants discussed the UN Climate Neutral Strategy and sustainability management of the UN more broadly.

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UNFCCC Publishes Annex I Parties' Emission Reduction Targets [viewed]

10 March 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a compilation (FCCC/SB/2011/INF.1) of economy-wide emission reduction targets to be implemented by Parties in Annex I to the Convention.

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African Climate Policy Centre Calls for Regional Strategy on Climate Change [viewed]

9 March 2011: Youba Sokona, Coordinator of the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), underlined that the impacts of climate change on the African continent are "too severe and multi-faceted to be tackled by national institutions alone," and called for a regional strategy that brings together the common efforts and aspirations of the countries in the region.

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UNECE Holds Workshop on Participation in International Forums [viewed]

7 March 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has reported on a two-day workshop, which convened from 23-24 February 2011, on public participation in international forums (PPIF), including at the latest session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC and in the Rio 2012 process.

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Commonwealth Consultative Group on Environment Discusses Green Growth [viewed]

4 March 2011: The 17th session of the Commonwealth Consultative Group on Environment (CCGE) was held on 23 February 2011, at UN Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, on the sidelines of the 26th Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum, to discuss future Commonwealth work on environmentally sustainable development and climate finance.

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UNIDO's Magazine Highlights Possibilities of Climate Compatible Development [viewed]

March 2011: The fifth issue of the UN Industrial Development Organization's (UNIDO) magazine “Making It: Industry for Development” has been published on the theme “Trade: Engine of Development?” The issue includes articles on climate compatible development, as well as an assessment of what the shipping and aviation industries are doing to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

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