UNFCCC Publishes EU Submission on Financial Mechanisms [viewed]

UNFCCC4 November 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a submission by the EU on the operation of funds under the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), and the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) to inform the review of the financial mechanism by the 31st session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) in Copenhagen (FCCC/SBI/2009/MISC.10).

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Highlights Impacts of Climate Change on Migration [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon4 November 2009: In an address to the Third Meeting of the Global Forum on Migration and Development, taking place in Athens, Greece, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, identified three challenges facing migrants worldwide, namely the economic crisis, climate change and human trafficking.

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CDM Afforestation and Reforestation Working Group Report and Annexes Released [viewed]

UNFCCC3 November 2009: The report and annexes of the 26th meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Afforestation and Reforestation Working Group (A/R WG) have been released.

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Event: Seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference [viewed]

The Seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference, convened by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE, or UNECE) Committee on Environmental Policy, is being prepared in accordance with the provisions of Reform Plan of the “Environment for Europe” process. This Conference will consider two main themes: “the sustainable management of water and water-related ecosystems” and “greening the economy: mainstreaming the environment into economic development.” Under the second theme, discussions will focus on the reduction of carbon emissions, energy efficiency, sustainable consumption and production, and the reconfiguration of financing and infrastructure to better accommodate environmental considerations. While the Astana Ministerial Conference is expected to address identified environmental issues of common concern in the UNECE region, the Conference provides an opportunity to address priority environmental issues in the Central Asian sub-region.  

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MOP-21 Addresses Proposal to Phase Down HFCs [viewed]

5 November 2009: The 21st meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP-21) is convening in Port Ghalib, Egypt, from 4-8 November 2009.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Addresses the Climate Group [viewed]

Yvo De Boer4 November 2009: UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer addressed the Climate Group, in Barcelona, Spain, under the theme “Implementing Copenhagen: business and regional government in a new low carbon world.”

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World Bank Study Finds Energy Intensity Reduction Contributes Most to Mitigation [viewed]

World Bank4 November 2009: The World Bank has released a study on 100 countries' energy use, authored by Masami Kojima and Robert Bacon, which shows that growth of gross domestic product (GDP) per capita and in population contributes the most to the net increase in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and that reducing energy intensity contributes the most to their net decrease.

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UNHCR Stresses that Climate Change Increases the Complexity of Humanitarian Action [viewed]

Un3 November 2009: In an address to the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly (social, humanitarian and cultural issues), UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)  Antonio Guterres highlighted that mega-trends are causing humanitarian crises to multiply and to deepen.

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Biodiversity Part of the Solution to Climate Change, CBD Executive Secretary Tells UNGA Second Committee [viewed]

Cbd3 November 2009: In his address to the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), stressed that biodiversity is part of the solution to climate change.

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ITU Council Addresses Climate Change and Environmental Protection as Top Priorities [viewed]

Itulogo3 November 2009: During its 2009 annual session, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Council addressed climate change and environmental protection as its top priorities.

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