UNCCD Science Committee Discusses Indicators, Knowledge Management Systems [viewed]

18 February 2011: The Second Special Session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-2) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has concluded in Bonn, Germany, following three days of discussions on topics including: progress made on studies and activities requested by previous Conferences of the Parties (COP); the establishment of a knowledge management system; the strengthening of national, regional and global networks of experts; the refinement of impact indicators; and ways to improve the organization of the 2nd UNCCD Scientific Conference.

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UNEP's Clean Fuels Partnership Leads to Low-Sulphur Transition in Kenya [viewed]

18 February 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that as a result of the work of the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV), the Government of Kenya has launched a transition to low-sulphur diesel. 

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UN Stresses Need for Humanitarian Actions to Improve Preparedness and Resilience [viewed]

17 February 2011: Valerie Amos, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, called for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and recovery to be "integrated into humanitarian action to improve preparedness and enhance resilience" of populations. Amos was speaking at a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 17 February 2011.

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ADB Vice-President Discusses Sustainable Development and Green Finance at ChosunBiz [viewed]

15 February 2011: Ursula Schaefer-Preuss, Vice President, Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank (ADB), discussed financing green growth and reshaping the sustainable development paradigm during her keynote address to the ChosunBiz Green Finance Forum, on 15 February 2011, in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

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UNCCD, GIZ and BMZ Publish Summary of Meeting on the Economics of Desertification [viewed]

16 February 2011: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), have published a brochure on the discussions of the Partnership Meeting on the Assessment of the Economics of Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (E-DLDD).

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GEF Approves Projects on Transport and Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Industry [viewed]

February 2011: Monique Barbut, CEO of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), has endorsed three GEF projects within the climate change focal area, related to transport, energy efficiency in industry and in commercial buildings. CEO endorsement is the final step in GEF project cycle approval.

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Event: 22nd Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government [viewed]

The 22nd Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will discuss, among other things, climate change priorities for the region.  

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FAO Releases Report on Integrated Food-Energy Systems [viewed]

17 February 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN has released a new report titled "Making Integrated Food-Energy Systems (IFES) Work for People and Climate: An Overview."

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EU Launches Consultation on the External Dimension of its Energy Policy [viewed]

16 February 2011: The European Commission launched an online stakeholder consultation, open until 7 March 2011, focusing on: European energy strategies; sustainable energy; renewable energy; energy efficiency; energy technology and innovation; oil, coal, gas and electricity; nuclear energy; security of supply; external dimension; and energy infrastructure.

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European Commission Launches Coastal Planning Exchange Project [viewed]

16 February 2011: The European Commission has launched a new three-year project, called OURCOAST, to support and ensure the exchange of experiences and best practices in coastal planning and management, focusing on climate change adaptation, land management and sustainable economic growth.

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