UNWTO Supports First T.20 Meeting [viewed]

24 February 2010: The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) supported the first T.20 meeting of ministers and high-level officials, which convened in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 22-24 February 2010, to discuss the economic recovery and the transformation towards a greener and more sustainable economy.

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World Bank Consultation in Australia Highlights Importance of Sustainable Urban Planning in Pacific Islands [viewed]

22 February 2010: The World Bank office in Sydney, Australia, held a civil society consultation on the World Bank's proposed new Environment Strategy, on 22 February 2010. Stakeholders at the consultation highlighted the importance of urban planning in countries that are especially vulnerable to climate change, such as the low-lying atoll nation of Kiribati.

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World Climate Research Programme and WMO Address Global Framework for Climate Services [viewed]

19 February 2010: The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), which is sponsored by the International Council for Science, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) convened their annual Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) meeting in Antalya, Turkey, from 15-19 February 2010. The meeting addressed the Programme's long-term strategy and the role of WCRP research in the Global Framework for Climate Services, established by the third World Climate Conference held in September 2009.

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Ramsar Secretariat and World Bank to Collaborate on Climate Change Projects in Wetlands [viewed]

16 February 2010: Anada Tiéga, Ramsar Secretary General, and Hartwig Schafer, Acting Vice President, Sustainable Development Network, World Bank, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that aims to “establish a framework of cooperation between Ramsar and the World Bank in exchange of technical expertise and capacity building related to the development and implementation of climate change projects in wetlands in the context of the World Bank-financed climate change portfolio.”

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WTO Seeks Comments on Links Between Trade and Deforestation [viewed]

February 2010: The World Trade Organization (WTO) is providing a discussion forum for stakeholders to present opinions on trade in natural resources, and has invited comments on an article on trade and deforestation.

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European Environment Agency's Second Message for the International Year of Biodiversity Highlights Links With Climate Change [viewed]

February 2010: The European Environment Agency has published the second message in its series of '10 messages for 2010,' which focuses on protected areas, and highlights links with climate change.

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Event: CSD 19 [viewed]

This policy-year session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) will negotiate policy options related to the thematic cluster for the CSD 18-19 cycle: transport, chemicals, waste management, mining and the Ten-Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Patterns.  

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Event: Second Earth Fund Board Meeting [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Earth Fund Board will consider, among other issues, two US$5 million proposals, namely a Public-Private Funding Mechanism for Watershed Protection, and a proposal for greening the cocoa industry.  

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases SBI 31 Report [viewed]

26 February 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) on its 31st session, held in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 8-12 December 2009 (FCCC/SBI/2009/15).   

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UNEP Launches "Low Carbon World" Website [viewed]

25 February 2010: On the sidelines of the 11th special session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), taking place in Bali, Indonesia, from 24–26 February 2010, UNEP launched the "Low Carbon World" website, a web-based communications platform that aims to facilitate the move to global low carbon economies by assisting knowledge transfer and simplifying access to information and tools that can be difficult to trace.

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