UN-REDD Newsletter Outlines Recent REDD+ Activities [viewed]

UNREDD Newsletter- 7th issue26 May 2010: The UN-REDD Programme has released its May 2010 Newsletter, which highlights many recent activities and publications on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conservation, sustainable forest management and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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UNECE and International Union of Railways Sign MoU [viewed]

26 May 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the International Union of Railways (UIC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 24 May 2010, in Prague, Czech Republic. The MoU aims to further strengthen the cooperation between UNECE and UIC in the pursuit of the integration and development of the European transport of goods and passengers by railways, with a view to developing sustainable transport and promoting environment and health friendly transport systems to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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European Commission Publishes Analysis of 30% Reduction Target [viewed]

26 May 2010: The European Commission has released an analysis of the costs, benefits and options for moving beyond the EU's 2020 greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction target from 20% to 30% below 1990 levels, once the conditions are met.

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ASEAN-EU Summit Discusses Energy and Climate Change Cooperation [viewed]

L-R: Mohamed Bolkiah & Miguel Moratinos26 May 2010: The 18th ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting, held in Madrid, Spain, on 26 May 2010, under the theme “Partners in Regional Integration,” addressed climate change and energy cooperation, among other issues.

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Second US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue Tackles Climate and Energy [viewed]

US Department of State25 May 2010: The Strategic Track under the framework of the Second Round of the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue addressed, inter alia, energy security and climate change, and produced 26 specific outcomes.

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World Bank Approves Indonesian Climate Change Project [viewed]

25 May 2010: The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors approved an International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) loan ofUS$200 million to support the Indonesian Government's policy agenda on climate change.

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UNDP Presents Climate Strategy at Second Lagos Climate Change Summit [viewed]

UNDPMay 2010: The second Lagos Climate Change Summit took place from 4-7 May 2010, in Lagos, Nigeria, under the theme “Transboundary effects of climate change: sharing best practices in mitigation and adaptation measures.” The Summit brought together about 1200 stakeholders who heard, inter alia, two presentations from the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

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UNDP, World Bank Support Hydro Energy in Nepal [viewed]

Bom Khola Power HouseApril 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), through its Rural Energy Development Programme (REDP), has supported a joint venture of the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre of the Government of Nepal, in collaboration with the World Bank and local communities, to establish a 100 kw Bom Khola micro hydro plant.

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Guest Article #41: A Way Forward from the Current Impasse in Climate Negotiation [viewed]

Our climate negotiation is now fragmented and we are pulled in three directions: three separate forums (AWG-LCA, AWG-KP and the Copenhagen Accord group) and three draft texts (two AWG reports plus the Accord). Worse still, there are suggestions of negotiation outside the UN or of waiting until 2012 in South Africa. We seem to have lost the drive. Confusion and inaction have set in. These circumstances are totally unconducive to reaching an agreement. We must analyze the current positions and find a way forward to produce an agreement that protects the interest of all stakeholders.

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UNCCD and UNFF Sign Memorandum of Understanding [viewed]

25 May 2010: The Secretariats of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that stresses the need to work together to fight land degradation, including in forests.

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