Fourth BASIC Meeting Focuses on Equity [viewed]

26 July 2010: The fourth Ministerial Coordination Meeting between Brazil, South Africa, India and China (BASIC) on the ongoing negotiations under the UNFCCC was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 25-26 July 2010. The meeting was preceded by a meeting of experts on climate change (23-24 July) and a meeting of leading negotiators (24 July).

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UNECE, UNDP Organize Workshop on Renewables in CIS [viewed]

26 July 2010: The “Weekly” Newsletter of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) reports on an international workshop on renewable energy prospects in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), which was held in Minsk, Belarus, on 22-23 July 2010.

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EU and China Address Climate and Trade [viewed]

26 July 2010: In the framework of the EU-China Civil Society Round Table, a seminar on trade and development was held in Shanghai, China, from 22-24 July 2010, to address trade and development, trade and climate change, and investment and cooperation.

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IEA Publishes Review of French Energy Policies [viewed]

26 July 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released the latest in its series of policy reviews, “Energy Policies of IEA Countries – France 2009 Review,” which covers energy framework policies, sectoral policies and energy technologies.

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Philippine Mayors Join UN/ISDR's World Disaster Reduction Campaign [viewed]

26 July 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that three new mayors from the Philippines have become part of the World Disaster Reduction Campaign Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready.

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UNESCO World Heritage Committee Opens [viewed]

25 July 2010: The 34th session of the World Heritage Committee of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is taking place in Brasilia, Brazil, from 25 July-3 August 2010.

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African Leaders Prepare Common Position Ahead of Cancun [viewed]

24 July 2010: The Conference of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC) convened in Kampala, Uganda, from 24-25 July 2010, on the margins of the 15th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Summit.

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ECOSOC Considers Development Policy Recommendations, Holds SIDS Panel [viewed]

23 July 2010: The 2010 Substantive Session of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) convened for its 43rd session in New York, US, from 28 June-23 July 2010. On 21 July, ECOSOC considered recommendations from its subsidiary bodies, including the Committee for Development Policy, which addressed policy coherence on the climate change agenda in relation to its financial architecture and to other development agendas.

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FAO, IFAD Publish Report on Bioenergy from Jatropha [viewed]

22 July 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have published a report titled "Jatropha: A smallholder bioenergy crop," which discusses the potential for jatropha as a bioenergy crop in semi-arid and remote areas of developing countries.

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UNCCD Executive Secretary Highlights Links between Land and Security [viewed]

10 July 2010: In a statement to the Third Annual Caux Forum for Human Security, which convened from 9-16 July 2010, in Caux, Switzerland, Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), discussed "Grounding Security: Soil security a prerequisite for human security."  

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