UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Report of Ireland's GHG Inventories [viewed]

Unfccclogo24 November 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the individual review of the greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories of Ireland submitted in 2009 (FCCC/ARR/2009/IRL).

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UNECE Air Pollution Convention Explores Links with Climate Change [viewed]

UNECE-logo24 November 2009: On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution, climate change has been identified as an emerging issue for the Convention.

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UN Secretary-General at Global Leadership Awards Gala: Copenhagen not Destined to be “Disappointment” [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon223 November 2009: Addressing the 51st annual UNA-USA/BCUN Global Leadership Awards gala, in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that, contrary to recent news reports, the climate change conference in Copenhagen is not destined to be a "disappointment" and noted that "every day lately has been bringing new signs of progress."

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African Women's Affairs Ministers Stress Need for Gender Responsive Climate Change Policies [viewed]

Uneca20 November 2009: African ministers responsible for gender and women's affairs met at the Eighth Regional Conference on Women (Beijing +15) Review Meeting from 16-20 November 2009, in Banjul, the Gambia, under the aegis of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

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Guest Article #27: Climate Change: The Case for Engagement [viewed]

With the critical Copenhagen UN Climate Change Conference just a few weeks away, it is worthwhile to recall what is at stake: any advances made and to be made in global integration, wealth creation, poverty reduction and peace building critically depend on our ability to address climate change now.

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Policy Update #5: Untying Copenhagen's “Gordian Knot” [viewed]

Attending the Barcelona climate talks earlier this month reminded me of the legendary Gordian Knot. According to the ancient Greeks, the Gordian Knot was a large rope wrapped around a post so many times it was impossible to unravel. So complex was the knot that it was not even possible to find the ends of the rope or start untying it. Legend told that the person who freed the knot and solved the puzzle would eventually unite the world.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Second GEF Interim Report [viewed]

UNFCCC23 November 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the second interim report (FCCC/SBI/2009/14) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) on the progress made in carrying out the Poznan Strategic Programme on Technology Transfer.

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UNDP, IEA and WHO Report Underlines Need for Climate Change Agreement to Address Energy Poverty [viewed]

Undp Logo23 November 2009: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Health Organization (WHO), with the support of the International Energy Agency (IEA), have released a new report titled "The Energy Access Situation in Developing Countries: A Review Focusing on the Least Developed Countries and Sub-Saharan Africa." The report indicates that over 1.5 billion people currently lack access to electricity.

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IMO Secretary-General Confident International Shipping Can Reduce its Carbon Footprint [viewed]

Imo23 November 2009: Speaking at the opening of the 26th session of the Assembly of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos reviewed the work of the organization in the previous biennium, highlighting progress on a package of technical and operational measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping.

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Food Security Experts Call on Negotiators to Address Agriculture in a Climate Agreement [viewed]

18 November 2009: Over 60 leading agricultural scientists and policy experts released a statement stressing the need to include consideration of agriculture, specifically the ability of crops to adapt to climate change, in any agreement at the climate change conference in Copenhagen.

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