Event: ITTC 46 [viewed]

The 46th meeting of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-46) will take place together with associated sessions of the four committees.  

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Event: International Workshop on Addressing the Livelihood Crisis of Farmers: Weather and Climate Services [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Meteo-France, USDA and others. The event aims to, inter alia: identify and assess the weather and climate risks and uncertainties that affect the livelihoods of farmers; review and summarize various weather and climate services for the farming community; review climate change risk management in adapting strategic plans to reduce the potential impacts of climate change for farmers; review the use of weather risk insurance strategies and schemes to reduce the vulnerability of the farming communities to weather and climate risks; obtain feedback from farmers on the extent to which current weather and climate services assist them in coping with various weather and climate risks and enhance the productivity of crops on their farms; and discuss and recommend suitable policy options to enhance weather and climate services for the farming community.  

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UPU Releases Results of Carbon Emissions Inventory [viewed]

Upu Logo3 December 2009: The Universal Postal Union (UPU), the UN specialized agency for postal services, has released the results of its first worldwide survey, which estimates that Posts in its 191 member countries generated at least 26 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2008 through the operation of postal vehicles and buildings, or 0.07% of total worldwide emissions.

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IEA Releases Technology Roadmap for Cement Industry [viewed]

4dic_09_023 December 2009: The International Energy Agency (IEA), in cooperation with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Cement Sustainability Initiative, has released a new publication titled the "Cement Technology Roadmap 2009: Carbon emissions reductions up to 2050," as part of its Technology Roadmap series.

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CBD Underlines Role of Forests in Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

Cbd2 December 2009: Ahmed Djoghlaf, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Executive Secretary, has underlined the potential synergies among the Rio Conventions, noting that discussions on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) will be an important part of the Copenhagen climate change negotiations.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Pre-COP 15 Edition of its Newsletter [viewed]

4dic_09_042 December 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the latest edition of its newsletter, which looks ahead to the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 15).

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December Issue of WMO's Newsletter Highlights Work on a Global Framework for Climate Services [viewed]

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2 December 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released the December issue of its newsletter MeteoWorld, which provides an overview of recent WMO activities, including work on a Global Framework for Climate Services.

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UN/ISDR International Roundtable of Parliamentarians on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Adopts Declaration of Commitment to COP 15 [viewed]

Un-isdr2 December 2009: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), in partnership with the Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly, convened the International Roundtable of Parliamentarians on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Malta, on 24 November 2009, which adopted the Malta Declaration of the Commitment of Parliamentarians to COP15 and Beyond.

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UNECE Energy Week Focuses on Clean Energy and Finance [viewed]

Unece30 November 2009: The "Weekly" newsletter of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) for 30 November-4 December 2009 reports on the outcomes of the UNECE Energy Week, which was held from 16-20 November 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Event: First meeting of the UNECE Ad Hoc Group of Experts of the Global Energy Efficiency 21 Project [viewed]

This meeting will be the first of an Ad Hoc Group of Experts in the framework of the project “Global Energy Efficiency 21 (GEE21): Cooperation between the UN Regional Commissions on Energy Efficiency for Climate Change Mitigation,” which is carried out under the aegis of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The project aims at promoting the formation of a market for energy efficiency in 12 Eastern European, South-eastern European and Central Asian countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  

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