UN Secretary-General Focuses on Climate Change in China [viewed]

24 July 2009: The UN Secretary-General made a two-day official visit to China, during which he focused on climate change. In the morning of 24 July 2009, he participated in the launch of the “Green Lights” programme, which promotes energy-saving lighting that could cut China's energy consumption by 8%. He stated that China's approach to climate change can demonstrate to the world that the country is ready to take up a global leadership role in the 21st century.

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UN's Geneva Headquarters Awarded Nature Reserve Certificate [viewed]

© UN23 July 2009: The UN's Geneva headquarters (UNOG) has been awarded the Nature Reserve Certificate by the Swiss non-governmental organization Fondation Nature & Economie, which bestows the honor on entities that protect nature by managing at least 30% of the green areas around their buildings in a natural manner.

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UNCTAD and UNDP Publish CDM Guide in Brazil [viewed]

© UNDP23 July 2009: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) presented a revised and expanded version of the Guide to the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in Brazil, a guide commissioned by Brazil's Ministry of Science and Technology and drawn up under the sponsorship of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

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CBD Calls for Government Representatives to Participate in GRULAC Workshop on Biofuels [viewed]

© CBD23 July 2009: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity is organizing a regional workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean on Ways and Means to Promote the Sustainable Production and Use of Biofuels, to be tentatively held from 28-30 September 2009, in São Paulo, Brazil.

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Event: CBD Regional Workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean on Ways and Means to Promote the Sustainable Production and Use of Biofuels [viewed]

The objective of this workshop, organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), is to share experiences on the development and application of tools relevant to the sustainable production and use of biofuels. In particular, participants will focus on the promotion of the positive and minimization of the negative impacts of biofuels on biodiversity and related socioeconomic aspects, including those related to indigenous and local communities, taking into account their full life-cycle as compared to other fuel types.  

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ECOSOC Addresses Resource and Humanitarian Assistance Implications of Climate Change [viewed]

© COPYRIGHTFOTO23 July 2009: Speakers at the General Segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), on 23 July 2009, noted that climate change presents an additional global challenge “for which extraordinary resources are needed,” and that the financial architecture dealing with climate change should be efficient, effective and equitable.

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UNEP Announces Six Universities Have Joined Climate Neutral Network [viewed]

© CN Net23 July 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that six universities from the US, UK, Spain and China have become the first academic institutions to join the Climate Neutral Network (CN Net), an initiative to promote global action to de-carbonize our economies and societies.

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ESCWA's Third Technical Committee Focuses on Climate Change and Its Repercussions [viewed]

© ESCWA22 July 2009: The Third Technical Committee of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA) opened in Beirut, Lebanon, on 21 July 2009, and focused on the financial crisis, food security, climate change and other issues.

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UN Peace Keepers in Western Liberia Join UNEP Billion Tree Campaign [viewed]

© UN22 July 2009: The Alpha Company of the UN Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), working in the region of Kakata in western Liberia, has joined the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) worldwide Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign, and plans to plant a total of 1,000 trees by December 2009.

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UN-HABITAT Executive Director Signs the “Seal the Deal” Petition [viewed]

© UN22 July 2009: Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, has signed the “Seal the Deal” climate change petition, which calls on world leaders to negotiate a fair, balanced and effective agreement at the upcoming 15th session of the Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC in Copenhagen in December 2009.

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