Guest Article #35: Why Has It Not Been Possible to Reach Agreement on Climate Change? [viewed]

The failure of the recent climate change negotiation in Copenhagen is partly due to the complexity of the issue at stake, and to the absence of clear and effective mechanisms for dealing with a negotiation of this nature.

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International Conference Agrees to Develop the Global Initiative on Community-Based Adaptation [viewed]

2 March 2010: The fourth International Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA) to Climate Change convened in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 21-27 February 2010.

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UN-REDD Publishes Study on REDD-Compliant Benefit Sharing System for Viet Nam [viewed]

1 March  2010: The UN-REDD Programme and the Viet Nam Department of Forestry have produced a study titled "Design of a REDD-Compliant Benefit Distribution System for Viet Nam," which identifies constraints that need to be addressed in order to create such a system and outlines policy recommendations to address them.

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UN-REDD Publishes February Newsletter [viewed]

1 March 2010: The UN-REDD Programme has published its sixth monthly Newsletter, outlining the Programme's recent activities. Highlights in this issue include: eight new countries joining the Programme; a look ahead to the fourth policy board meeting, which will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 17-19 March 2010; a commentary on the International Year of Biodiversity; and articles on monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV).

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European Commission Publishes Green Paper on Forests and Climate Change [viewed]

1 March 2010: The European Commission has published a Green Paper setting out options for an EU approach to the protection of forests in the context of addressing climate change. The Paper was prepared to provide the basis for a public consultation on whether additional action is needed at the EU level.

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IMF Managing Director Proposes Insurance for Low Income Countries Against Effects of Climate Change [viewed]

26 February 2010: Speaking at the Annual Meeting of the Bretton Woods Committee, held in Washington DC, US, on 26 February 2010, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), proposed to expand the IMF's role as a provider of insurance for low-income countries against global volatility and the effects of climate change.

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UNDP Advances the Climate Change Agenda in Timor-Leste [viewed]

26 February 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) participated in a post-Copenhagen debriefing meeting on 23 February 2010, in Dili, Timor Leste, underlining its commitment to addressing climate change in Timor-Leste.

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UNECE Inland Transport Committee Highlights Measures to Address Climate Change [viewed]

25 February 2010: The 72nd annual session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Inland Transport Committee, held from 23-25 February 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland, recognized that measures including better infrastructure planning, efficient border-crossing and transit procedures, technologically progressive vehicle construction norms and a greater role for environmentally-friendly modes, such as rail and inland navigation, are necessary steps to improve current and future transportation systems, with less pollution, in the pan-European region.

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WTO Environmental Goods and Services Negotiations Focus on Climate-Friendly Products [viewed]

19 February 2010: The World Trade Organization (WTO) held a Special Session of the Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE-SS) to continue negotiations on the liberalization of environmental goods and services, and noted a renewed focus on liberalizing trade in climate-friendly products, such as solar energy-related parts and components, wind and hydro-electric energy and gas-turbines, natural gas and clean-diesel vehicles, and products used in Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects.

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FAO Releases Ex-ante Carbon Accounting Tool for Agriculture and Forestry [viewed]

16 February 2010: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released EX-ACT (EX-ante Appraisal Carbon-balance Tool), a land-based accounting tool that provides ex-ante measurements of the impacts of agriculture and forestry projects on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and carbon sequestration.

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