UN-REDD, World Bank Respond to REDD+ Partnership Proposal [viewed]

12 May 2010: The UN-REDD Programme and the World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) and Forest Investment Program (FIP) have released a joint statement in response to a draft document released by the organizers of the meeting on the interim REDD+ (reducing emission from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, conservation, sustainable forest management and enhancement of forest carbon stocks) partnership, to be held in Oslo, Norway, on 27 May 2010.

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IWMI Releases Proceedings from Conference on Water, Food Security and Climate Change [viewed]

May 2010: The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has released the second and third volumes from the National Conference on Water, Food Security and Climate Change, which took place in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 9-11 June 2009.

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IFAD and WFP Release Publication on Weather Index Insurance [viewed]

May 2010: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) released a report on "The potential for scale and sustainability in weather index insurance for agriculture and rural livelihoods."

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Event: Expert consultation for development of guidelines to integrate climate change considerations into forest management plans [viewed]

This meeting hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO). The objective of the meeting is to provide guidance on the development of guidelines to help forest managers to analyze the potential for and to implement adaptation and mitigation actions in forest management plans. The meeting is a part of a larger effort to develop guidelines that will help forest managers decide how best to take adaptation measures; to capitalize on mitigation opportunities; and to anticipate secondary impacts of climate change on the forest.  

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New UNFCCC Executive Secretary Appointed [viewed]

17 May 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Christiana Figueres, a Costa Rican diplomat, as Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, to replace Yvo de Boer on 1 July 2010.

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UNCSD PrepCom Begins Discussion of Green Economy and Sustainable Development Governance [viewed]

17 May 2010: The first Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) began its deliberations on the green economy and the institutional framework for sustainable development on 17 May 2010, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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World Telecommunication and Information Society Day Celebrated [viewed]

17 May 2010: In a message to mark World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged fully using the potential of telecommunication and information technologies to improve life-saving services, promote sustainable development and foster international peace.

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ILRI to Build Climate Model to Predict Disease Outbreaks [viewed]

17 May 2010: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), has received a $4.4 million award for research to build a climate model that can predict outbreaks of infectious disease in Africa.

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UNFCCC Releases Parties' Submissions for AWG-LCA 10 [viewed]

17 May 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released two documents containing submissions from parties in preparation for the tenth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 10) to be held in Bonn, Germany from 1-11 June 2010.

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UNFCCC Releases Chair's Text to Facilitate Negotiations at AWG-LCA 10 [viewed]

17 May 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the Chair's text to facilitate negotiations among parties at the tenth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) to be held in Bonn, Germany, from 1-11 June 2010 (FCCC/AWGLCA/2010/6).

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