GEF STAP Addresses Needs for Scientific and Technical Advice Arising from the Copenhagen Accord [viewed]

8 March 2010: The Global Environment Facility's Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (GEF STAP) held an open meeting at the International Fund for Agricultural Development's (IFAD) headquarters in Rome, Italy, with representatives from GEF agencies, the GEF Secretariat, GEF Evaluation Office and Conventions, and observers from the GEF Council.

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UNDP Calls on Gulf States to Help Developing Countries Harness Clean Energy to Reduce Poverty and GHGs [viewed]

8 March 2010:During the Gulf Environment Forum 2010, which is being held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, from 7-9 March 2010, under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz and with the support of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Veerle Vandeweerd, UNDP Environment and Energy Group Director, called on Gulf States to exercise leadership in addressing both poverty and climate change challenges.

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UN-REDD Programme Policy Board Invites Eight New Observer Countries [viewed]

8 March 2010: Costa Rica, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, the Philippines, Republic of Congo, Solomon Islands, and Sudan have been invited to join the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board as observer countries.

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UN Marks International Women's Day with Calls to Meet the Challenges of Development [viewed]

8 March 2010: To mark International Women's Day, UN officials stressed the need for greater empowerment of women in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 and to face development challenges, including climate change.

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UNU and Viet Nam National University Sign MoU to Promote Research on Sustainable Development [viewed]

5 March 2010: During a ceremony held at the UN University (UNU) in Tokyo, Japan, Konrad Osterwalder, UNU Rector, and Mai Trong Nhuan, Viet Nam National University (VNU) President signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen collaboration in education, research on sustainable development, curriculum development and e-learning, and capacity development of staff and students.

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CBD Secretariat Circulates Eighth Volume of REDD-plus and Biodiversity e-Newsletter [viewed]

5 March 2010: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated volume 8 of its "REDD-plus & Biodiversity e-Newsletter," which includes a call for the poster session organized around the theme "Biodiversity and Climate Change: Achieving the 2020 Targets." The poster session will take place at the 14th meeting of the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA), to be held from 10-21 May 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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High Commissioner for Human Rights' Annual Report Addresses Adverse Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

4 March 2010: During the 13th session of the Human Rights Council, taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 1-26 March 2010, Navanethem Pillay, High Commissioner for Human Rights, presented her report, which covers activities undertaken by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in 2009, including those aimed at raising awareness of the human rights implications of climate change-related effects.

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ICAO Commits to Develop a Carbon Dioxide Standard for Commercial Aircraft [viewed]

19 February 2010:  The International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection's (CAEP) met at ICAO headquarters from 1-12 February 2010, in Montreal, Canada, and announced the ICAO's commitment to the development of a carbon dioxide standard for commercial aircraft by 2013. This effort would result in the first global fuel-efficiency standard for any industry sector.

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Event: Workshop on Forest Governance, Decentralization and REDD in Latin America [viewed]

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), with a number of government collaborators, are organizing a workshop with participants from government, development and environmental NGOs and local community and indigenous peoples representatives to discuss regional perspectives on REDD and develop a better understanding of how decentralisation and forest governance contribute to sustainable management of forests. The results are expected to feed into the 9th session of the UN Forum on Forests. CIFOR is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  

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Africa Carbon Forum Hopes to Help Boost Africa's Share of Carbon Market [viewed]

5 March 2010: The second Africa Carbon Forum, which was held from 3-5 March 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya, aimed at helping build on growing interest in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in Africa, and concluded with expectations for a boost in Africa's share of the global carbon market.

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