UN-REDD Newsletter Reflects on Copenhagen Conference [viewed]

22 January 2009: The fifth issue of the UN-REDD Programme Newsletter provides an overview of events surrounding the UN Copenhagen Climate Change Conference related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD). These events included the production by the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) of a draft decision on methodological issues, which was adopted by the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15), and references to REDD being included in the Copenhagen Accord.

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IYB High-Level Event Draws Parallels Between Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss [viewed]

22 January 2010: At a high-level event organized at the headquarters of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, France, from 21-22 January 2010, Davidson Hepburn, Chair of the UNESCO General Conference, stressed that “we are witnessing the loss of the very services on which livelihood systems depend,” in the case of many populations, particularly those of small island States.

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UNEP Partners with Indian Cricket League to Reduce its Carbon Footprint [viewed]

22 January 2009: As part of its ongoing efforts to promote eco-friendly sports, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced a partnership with the Indian Premier League (IPL) to reduce its carbon footprint.

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CIFOR Releases Analysis of Lessons for REDD+ from Indonesia [viewed]

21 January 2009: The Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), has released a paper titled "Financial governance and Indonesia's Reforestation Fund during the Soeharto and post-Soeharto periods, 1989-2009."

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ECLAC and IDB to Study Economics of Climate Change in Latin America [viewed]

20 January 2010: The UN Economic Comission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have signed an agreement to produce a series of studies on the economics of climate change in eight South American countries.

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CBD Executive Secretary Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Marine Biodiversity [viewed]

20 January 2010: On the occasion of the XVI Consultative Group meeting and the XVI General Authority meeting of the Plan of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment and Coastal Areas of the Southeast Pacific (CPPS), Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), highlighted the impacts of climate change on marine biodiversity.

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GEF Approves Emergency Solar Power Project for Haiti [viewed]

20 January 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved an emergency project to help restore power, which was lost from the Port au Prince earthquake, to key medical facilities and refugee camps. The US$3 million grant, co-financed with matching grants from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank Group, will use solar energy to produce clean electricity for medical centers, vaccine refrigeration and other critical relief efforts.

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WMO to Establish Global Cryosphere Watch [viewed]

20 January 2010: The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has informed on its ongoing work towards the establishment of a Global Cryosphere Watch to serve societal needs for weather, climate and water, and related environmental information and services.

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African Union and League of Arab States Commit to Strengthen Cooperation on Climate Change [viewed]

16 January 2010: Climate change was among the items discussed during the fifth Annual Inter-Secretariat Meeting on General Cooperation between the African Union (AU) and the League of Arab States, which met at the headquarters of the League of Arab States in Cairo, Egypt, on 16 January 2010.

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World Bank, IDB and ADB Sponsor Meeting on Transforming Transportation to Address Climate Change [viewed]

15 January 2010: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), among others, co-sponsored an event titled "Transforming transportation 2010," which took place in Washington DC, US, on 14-15 January 2010.

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