IEA Director Discusses Second Generation Biofuels [viewed]

16 March 2010: Nobuo Tanaka, International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director, delivered a presentation comparing the potential of biofuels in business-as-usual and reduced emissions scenarios at the World Biofuels Markets Conference 2010, which took place from 15-17 March 2010, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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Event: World Peoples Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth [viewed]

The objectives of this Conference are to: analyze the structural and systemic causes that drive climate change and propose measures to ensure the well-being of all humanity in harmony with nature; discuss and agree on the project of a Universal Declaration of Mother Earth Rights; agree on proposals for new commitments to the Kyoto Protocol and projects for a COP Decision under the UNFCCC to address climate debt, climate change migrants-refugees, emission reductions, adaptation, technology transfer, finance, forests, a shared vision, and indigenous peoples; work on the organization of the World People's Referendum on Climate Change; analyze and develop an action plan to advance the establishment of a Climate Justice Tribunal; and define strategies for action and mobilization to defend life from Climate Change and to defend the Rights of Mother Earth.  

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Guest Article #37: Moving Beyond Copenhagen – A Small Island State's Perspective [viewed]

Tuvalu came to Copenhagen with the aim of “sealing the deal.” Six months earlier we had tabled proposals for a new protocol and amendments to the Kyoto Protocol. With hindsight, some may say this was naive of us. Nevertheless we were hopeful that over 110 Heads of States, that had promised to come to Copenhagen, could create the political space for a legal deal.

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UN Forum on Fuel Efficiency and Sustainable Urban Transport Convenes [viewed]

17 March 2010: The UN Forum on Climate Change Mitigation, Fuel Efficiency and Sustainable Development of Urban Transport met from 16-17 March 2010, in Seoul, Republic of Korea, in preparation for the 18th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD).

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EEA Releases Fourth Biodiversity Message [viewed]

17 March 2010: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published the fourth message in its series of ‘10 messages for 2010.' The fourth message focuses on marine ecosystems and highlights links with climate change.

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UNFCCC Publishes 32 Submissions from Parties [viewed]

16 March 2010: The UNFCCC has published a compilation of 32 submissions from parties on views on the need for additional meeting time for the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) and the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA), and on organization of work of the AWG- LCA (FCCC/KP/AWG/2010/MISC.1).

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UNFCCC Publishes Provisional AWG-LCA 9 Agenda [viewed]

16 March 2010: The UNFCCC has published the annotated provisional agenda (FCCC/AWGLCA/2010/1) for the ninth session of the  Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 9), which is  due to convene from 9-11 April 2010, in Bonn, Germany, in conjunction with the 11th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 11).

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Ban Calls for Confidence Building [viewed]

16 March 2010: In a press conference held in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon indicated he was “encouraged” by the response of governments, scientific institutions and environmental activists to the launch of the independent review of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He also welcomed the support expressed by 110 countries representing over 80% of global emissions for the Copenhagen Accord, noting it was “an important advance toward Cancun.”

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Indonesia Receives CTF Funding [viewed]

16 March 2010: The Trust Fund Committee of the Clean Technology Fund (CTF), which  met on 15 March 2009, in Manila, the Philippines, endorsed US$400 million in funding for Indonesia's geothermal power sector to meet the Government's goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 26% by 2020.

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UN Human Rights Council Considers Report on Right to Food [viewed]

16 March 2010: The Human Rights Council Advisory Committee presented a "Preliminary study on discrimination in the context of the right to food" (A/HRC/13/32) for consideration by the 13th session of the UN Human Rights Council, which is meeting from 1-26 March 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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