EU Increases Funding to Neighboring Countries for Climate Projects [viewed]

2 March 2010: The EU has announced increased funding of up to EUR 2 billion, for the period 2011-2013, to reinforce political cooperation and promote economic integration between the EU and its neighbors. Funding will be used for, among other things, projects in the areas of climate change, transport, energy and environment.

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UN Secretary-General in Los Angeles to Mobilize Support for Addressing Global Issues [viewed]

1 March 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is travelling to Los Angeles, US, from 28 February-2 March 2010, to meet with members of the creative community to mobilize support for the goals and mission of the UN, including its efforts to deal with climate change, global hunger and the financial crisis. Ban's travels are carried out under the framework of the Creative Community Outreach Initiative (CCOI), a collaboration of the UN with the entertainment industry on a number of projects that aims to raise the profile of critical global issues in partnership with the international film and television industries.

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International Conference Adopts Declaration on Biodiversity Conservation and Use in an Era of Climate Change [viewed]

17 February 2010: The International Conference on Biodiversity in Relation to Food and Human Security in a Warming Planet convened in Chennai, India, from 15-17 February 2010, with support from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and a number of other intergovernmental organizations.

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WHO Publishes Fact Sheet on Climate Change and Health [viewed]

January 2010: The World Health Organization (WHO) published its Fact Sheet N°266 on “Climate change and health,” which includes sections on: the impact of climate change on health; extreme heat; natural disasters and variable rainfall patterns; patterns of infection; measuring health effects; sectors of the population at risk; and the WHO response.

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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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