Event: 31st Session of the Joint Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Programme [viewed]

This session of the Joint Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) will discuss a WCRP programme. A key topic of discussion will be the role of WCRP research in the Global Framework for Climate Services, including how to develop the next generation of applied climate research. The WCRP is sponsored by the International Council for Science, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  

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ESCAP and DESA Convene High-Level Dialogue on Sustainable Development of Pacific SIDS [viewed]

9 February 2010: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) convened the Pacific High Level Dialogue on the five-year review of the Mauritius Strategy from 8-9 February 2010, in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

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UNFCCC Publishes Deadlines for Submission of Information and Views [viewed]

9 February 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a message (ODES/COP15/10) to parties on the early submission of information and views.

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UN Secretary-General's Report on NEPAD Highlights the Impact of Climate Change on Africa's Development [viewed]

8 February 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released a report titled “Social Dimensions of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD),” which reviews the state of progress in the implementation of NEPAD, as well as its social dimensions within the context of the converging global food, financial and energy crises, and climate change (E/CN.5/2010/3).

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UNFCCC Publishes Slovenia's Inventory Report [viewed]

5 February 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ARR/2009/SVN) of the individual review of the annual submission of Slovenia submitted in 2009.

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Event: Sustainability Virtual Summit: Smart ICT [viewed]

This event is the first in a virtual event series focusing on sustainable Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) and their contribution to climate change mitigation. It will include Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, and Georg Kell, Executive Director, UN Global Compact, as keynote speakers.

 

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Event: Second Meeting of Caring for Climate Signatories [viewed]

This meeting is by invitation only and is organized by the UN Global Compact. The event will bring together some 150 corporate practitioners, climate experts and civil society leaders. Participants will discuss best practices in managing risks and opportunities associated with climate change action. In particular, the meeting will focus on advancing mitigation efforts and promoting the diffusion of innovative low-carbon technologies in particular in developing markets and emerging markets, and enhancing the understanding of the role of business in adapting to the impacts of climate change.  

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Guest Article #33: Chemicals management and climate change [viewed]

Chemicals are an integral part of the daily life with over 100,000 different substances in use. There is hardly any industry where chemical substances are not implicated and there is no single economic sector where chemicals do not play an important role. While chemicals are a major contributor to national economies, their sound management throughout their lifecycle is essential in order to avoid significant risks to human health and ecosystems along with their associated economic costs. Sound management of chemicals is also critical in order to optimize the operation of chemical and related industries, and to develop sustainable patterns of production.

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CDM Executive Board Elects New Chair and Vice-Chair [viewed]

8 February 2010: Clifford Mahlung (Jamaica) has been chosen by the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) to serve as its Chair for 2010. In addition, Pedro Martins Barata (Portugal) has been chosen to serve as Vice-Chair.

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FAO Launches Website on Assisted Natural Forest Regeneration [viewed]

8 February 2010:  The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has created a new website on assisted natural regeneration (ANR) of forests, an effective and low cost forest and biodiversity restoration and rehabilitation method.

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