WMO Experts Issue Update on Impacts of Climate Change on Tropical Cyclones [viewed]

23 February 2010: The World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Expert Team on Climate Change Impacts on Tropical Cyclones has published a scientific paper in Nature Geoscience, updating its 2006 assessment on possible consequences of climate change on tropical cyclones.

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Fuel-Efficient Stoves and Rechargeable Lights Receive UNEP Prize [viewed]

23 February 2010: Two grassroots climate projects in Africa and South America have been awarded the Sasakawa Prize by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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African Ministers Welcome Calls for New and Innovative Resources for Climate Change [viewed]

21 February 2010:  A meeting of the Committee of African Ministers of Finance and Planning and Governors of Central Banks (Committee of Ten) recognized the importance of pursuing a low-carbon growth path, but emphasized that the additional costs to achieve it should not be at the expense of existing under-resourced development needs.

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UNEP's MEA Summer Course to Focus on Climate Change [viewed]

February 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the University of Eastern Finland have announced that their seventh annual Multilateral Environmental Agreement (MEA) summer course will be held from 15-27 August 2010, in Joensuu, Finland, and will focus on climate change.

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IFAD Governing Council Convenes 33rd Session [viewed]

18 February 2010: The Governing Council of the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) held its 33rd session from 17-18 February 2010, in Rome, Italy, to discuss: the Eighth Replenishment of IFAD's resources; IFAD's budget; revisions of IFAD's lending policies and criteria; progress on the performance-based allocation system; progress on the Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); and a synthesis of the global meeting of the Farmers' Forum 2010.

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Event: UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) [viewed]

This meeting is also referred to as Rio+20. The UN General Assembly, in December 2009, adopted a resolution calling for a UNCSD to be convened in Brazil in 2012. This meeting will mark the 20th anniversary of the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), which convened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The General Assembly resolution specifies that a three-day PrepCom should convene in May 2010, a two-day PrepCom should convene in February-March 2011, and a three-day PrepCom should convene immediately before UNCSD. On 4 November 2011, Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil, announced a proposal to change the dates to 13-15 June 2012 for PrepCom III and 20-22 June 2012 for the UNCSD, in order to allow for highest-level participation. The previously scheduled dates were 28-30 May 2012 for PrepCom III and 4-6 June 2012 for the UNCSD.  

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UNEP Information Note Urges More Ambitious Pledges to Keep Temperatures Below 2ºC by Mid-Century [viewed]

23 February 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a new greenhouse gas (GHG) modeling study it compiled, based on the estimates of researchers at nine leading centres. The study concludes that countries will have to make more ambitious GHG emission reduction pledges if global temperature rise is to be curbed at 2ºC or less.

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UNESCAP Scheme Turns Waste to Carbon Credits [viewed]

22 February 2010: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and Waste Concern, a Bangladesh non-governmental organization, have launched a project aimed at ensuring solid waste development strategies become decentralized, pro-poor, low-carbon and self-financing through the sale of carbon credits.

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UN Secretary-General to the Unity Summit of Latin America and the Caribbean: “Climate Change Remains a Clear and Present Danger” [viewed]

22 February 2010: At the Unity Summit of Latin America and the Caribbean, which convened in Cancun, Mexico, Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), delivered a message on behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noting that climate change is a “major inter-connected challenge.”

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CIFOR, World Agroforestry Centre and Alternatives to Slash and Burn Release Online Forest and Climate Change Toolbox [viewed]

February 2010: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Alternatives to Slash and Burn and the World Agroforestry Centre, members of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), have released a forest and climate change toolbox to build understanding and technical proficiency on issues of climate change and forests.

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