African Union Announces Position on Climate Change [viewed]

© African Union18 September 2009: During his monthly press conference on 17 September 2009 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Jean Ping, President of the Commission of the African Union announced that Africa will request “polluting countries,” regardless of their participation in the Kyoto Protocol, to reduce their emissions “drastically.”

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UNCCD Secretariat Announces Plan to Offset COP 9 Carbon Emissions [viewed]

© UNCCD18 September 2009: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Secretary of Environment of Argentina have announced that they are taking action towards making the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 9) carbon neutral.

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Video Series to Promote Seal the Deal! Campaign [viewed]

© UN18 September 2009: Environmentalists, politicians, actors and film directors take part in a new UN public service announcement series, urging viewers to sign the Climate Petition on the Seal the Deal! website.

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ECOWAS Conference Calls for Human Rights Approach to Climate Change [viewed]

© ECOWAS17 September 2009: The Regional Conference on Protection Challenges to Climate Change in West Africa, held from 14-16 September 2009, in Lomé, Togo, called for broader consideration of the social impacts of climate change through a human rights- based approach.

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UNGA Second Committee to Address Climate Protection [viewed]

© UN17 September 2009: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly has decided to discuss the protection of global climate for present and future generations.

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ADB Creates Financing Facility for Energy Efficiency in Pakistan [viewed]

© ADB17 September 2009: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is extending US$780 million to Pakistan through a financing facility for energy efficiency projects to secure the country's growing energy needs and reduce its reliance on costly, polluting fossil fuels.

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EIB Funds Energy Efficiency in Italy [viewed]

17 September 2009: The European Investment Bank (EIB) is supporting Italy, through a US$200 million framework loan to Centrobanca, to finance small and medium-scale energy efficiency projects, hydroelectric, wind, photovoltaic and biomass plants.

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Event: UNCCD COP 9 High-Level Segment [viewed]

A special high-level segment on fostering the implementation of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 10-year strategic plan and framework to enhance the implementation of the Convention will include three ministerial-level round table discussions on the following topics: global trends of desertification, land degradation and drought – liaison with other problems and challenges for decision makers and stakeholders; desertification/land degradation and climate change – what role for the land in the ongoing negotiations for a new climate change regime at Copenhagen?; and partnerships and institutions for combating desertification, land degradation and drought – the path to improvement.  

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Event: ADB-ESCAP Workshop on Transport and Climate Change [viewed]

This workshop, organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), aims to: convince climate negotiators and senior transport officials of the importance of the applicability of a new climate change agreement; clarify the role of transport in the envisaged enhanced action on adaptation, mitigation, financing, technology, and capability building; and discuss the role of the revised and new instruments referred to in the draft negotiation texts (CDM, Sectoral Crediting, Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA), and Measuring, Reporting and Verification (MRV)).  

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Climate Change Summit Background Paper Released [viewed]

© UN17 September 2009: Key questions and themes to guide the roundtable discussions of Heads of State and Government during the upcoming Climate Change Summit, to be held on 22 September 2009, have been identified in the UN Secretary-General's Background Paper.

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