European Commission Scientific Newsletter Focuses on Climate and Health [viewed]

11 February 2010: The most recent issue of Science for Environment Policy, the newsletter published by the European Commission to inform policy makers of recent research findings, includes several pieces on climate change and a special thematic issue on climate change and health.

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FAO Co-Organizes Regional Workshop on Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative [viewed]

10 February 2010: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Senegalese Agency for the Great Green Wall Initiative recently co-organized a regional workshop on “Guidelines on Practices for Sustainable Forest Management in Drylands of Sub-Saharan Africa.”

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World Bank Holds Consultations on New Environment Strategy with Central Asia Stakeholders [viewed]

4 February 2010: The World Bank is undertaking a consultative process towards the adoption of its new corporate Environment Strategy. According to the Bank, the new Strategy will take into account a set of principles, realities and challenges faced in the implementation of environmental activities such as climate change and urbanization. As part of the consultation process, a workshop for Central Asia was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, at the World Bank office, on 4 February 2010.

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Event: Workshop on Emerging Trade Measures in Timber Markets [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)/UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Timber section, in cooperation with the World Trade Organization (WTO), will organize a workshop to discuss tariff and non-tariff trade barriers and emerging trade regulations on timber. Participants will discuss the economic impacts of trade and trade-related measures on timber markets, taking into account the link between trade liberalization and the key challenges facing the forest-based sector, including climate change.  

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Funding Available for NGOs to Participate in CIF Partnership Forum [viewed]

15 February 2010:  The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) have announced that funds are available to sponsor the participation of developing country NGOs in the CIF Second Partnership Forum, which is scheduled to take place from 18-19 March 2010, in Manila, the Philippines, and which will be hosted by the Asian Development Bank.

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UN Secretary-General Launches High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing [viewed]

12 February 2010: During a press conference held on 12 February 2010, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched aHigh-Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing. The Group will seek to mobilize the financial resources for climate change that were pledged at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Launches Call for Inputs on Proposals for Review of the CDM Registration and Issuance Process [viewed]

12 February 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has launched a call for inputs from stakeholders on proposals for the review of the registration and issuance process for Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project activities, as requested by the CDM Executive Board (EB) at its 52nd meeting.

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Report of 52nd Meeting of CDM Executive Board Published [viewed]

12 February 2010: The Report of the 52nd meeting of the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which took place from 8-12 February 2010, and considered matters relating to the operation of the CDM, is now available.

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UNEP Assists in Minimizing Carbon Impact of Winter Olympics [viewed]

12 February 2010: As part of its ongoing efforts to promote eco-friendly sports, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has been working with the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC) of the 2010 Winter Olympics, to enhance the event's environmental performance and increase green awareness.

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UNFCCC Publishes AWG-LCA Draft Decisions to Facilitate Work of the Group [viewed]

11 February 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published work (FCCC/CP/2010/2) undertaken by the Conference of the Parties at its 15th session (COP 15) on the basis of the report of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA).

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