Five States Join UN-REDD [viewed]

Un-redd2 November 2009: Argentina, Cambodia, Ecuador, Nepal and Sri Lanka have joined the UN-REDD initiative (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries), which aims to combat climate change by creating incentives for poorer countries to reverse the trend of deforestation and invest in more sustainable forms of development.

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UN-Backed Project Aims to Reduce Coastal Erosion in West Africa [viewed]

coastal-erosion-in-west-africa30 October 2009: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will execute a UN-backed project aimed at reversing coastal erosion in five West African countries.

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UNFF Adopts Decision on Forest Financing [viewed]

Unff30 October 2009: Member States to the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) adopted a decision on means of implementation of sustainable forest management (SFM) during a special session of the ninth session of UNFF held at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 30 October 2009.

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IPCC 31 Makes Progress on AR5 [viewed]

ipcc-panel_on_climate_change1 November 2009: The 31st session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) convened from 26-29 October 2009, in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, bringing together approximately 350 participants who focused primarily on the scoping of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5).

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EU Agrees on Negotiating Position on Climate Financing for Copenhagen [viewed]

logoeupresidency30 October 2009: After several months of internal discussions, the EU Heads of State and government agreed on a negotiating position on climate financing for Copenhagen. EU leaders met in Brussels, Belgium, on 29-30 October 2009, as the European Council, to finalize the EU negotiating position on climate change, among other issues. They agreed that 100 million euro will be necessary in the next ten years to support developing countries' efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change, and that an additional 5 to 7 billion euro will be needed by developing countries annually between 2010 and 2012.

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ICAO and Amadeus Cooperate on Global Measurement of Individual Carbon Footprints from Air Travel [viewed]

Icao29 October 2009: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Amadeus, a travel industry leader in distribution and technology, have teamed to use the booking data of the over one million airline customers processed daily by Amadeus to create a global carbon footprint database for individual travelers.

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GEF's Fifth International Waters Conference Focuses on Climate Impacts on Water and Oceans [viewed]

Gef New Logo29 October 2009: The Fifth International Water Conference took place in Cairns, Australia, from 24-29 October 2009, and was co-hosted by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Government of Australia.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Publishes SBSTA and SBI Submissions [viewed]

UNFCCC27 October 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a synthesis report on approaches to and experiences in integrating and expanding adaptation planning and action, and lessons learned, good practices, gaps, needs and barriers and constraints to adaptation (FCCC/SBSTA/2009/6).

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases GEF Report [viewed]

UNFCCC27 October 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the Report of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to the fifteenth Conference of the Parties.

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UN/ISDR Convenes Workshop on Guidelines for Social Communicators on Disaster Risk Reduction and Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

Un-isdr23 October 2009: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) convened a workshop on Guidelines for Social Communicators on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Adaptation to Climate Change, from 21-22 October 2009, in Havana, Cuba. 

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