WIPO Conference Discusses Role of Innovation in Mitigating Climate Change [viewed]

© WIPO13 July 2009: During the Conference on Intellectual Property and Public Policy Issues held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 13-14 July 2009, and organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), participants discussed the role of intellectual property (IP) in promoting the development and diffusion of green technologies to combat climate change.

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EBRD Funds Use of Forest Waste for Biomass-Fired Heat and Power Plants [viewed]

13 July 2009: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will provide a loan for the equivalent of €29 million to phase-out inefficient diesel and oil-fired generators in Siberia, Russia.

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AOSIS Calls on Major Economies to Adopt More Ambitious and Concrete Targets [viewed]

© UN-DESA SIDS10 July 2009: In a press conference held at UN Headquarters in New York, US, Dessima Williams, Permanent Representative of Grenada and Chairperson of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), welcomed the statements on climate change made by the leaders of the G8 industrialized economies and the 17 participants in the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, who met in L'Aquila, Italy, noting they signal their growing and positive engagement with the on-going negotiations.

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UN-HABITAT Business Forum Underscores Effects of Climate Change on Cities [viewed]

© UN-HABITAT9 July 2009: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) organized the first Habitat Business Forum from 7-9 July 2009, in New Delhi, India, in collaboration with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries, the Indian Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, and the China Real Estate Chamber of Commerce. Under the theme innovative cities, the Forum brought together representatives from government, civil society and the private sector to discuss urban challenges, as well as sustainable and innovative solutions through public-private community partnerships.

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ADB Funds CCS and Wind Energy in China [viewed]

© ADB9 July 2009: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide a US$1.25 million technical assistance loan to promote carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) demonstration projects in China, as well as a US$24 million loan to finance a wind farm in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

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UNDP Invites Comments on Methodology on Assessment of Investment and Financial Flows to Address Climate Change [viewed]

© UNDPJuly 2009: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), through its Global Project on capacity development for policy makers to address climate change under the Bureau for Development Policy, is developing a Methodology Guidebook and Reporting Guidelines for the assessment of investment and financial flows to address climate change. UNDP is inviting interested experts to provide comments on the methodology. The guidebook is expected to become a living document and will be revised as per countries' experiences in developing analysis of investment and financial flows for greenhouse gas mitigation and adaptation.

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Event: CBD Sub-regional Capacity-building Workshop on Forest Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

This sub-regional capacity-building workshop on forest biodiversity and climate change is held under the auspices of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).  

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Event: Forum on Forests and Climate Change – to Copenhagen and Beyond [viewed]

As part of the XIII World Forestry Congress, the global forest community is invited to this Forum for a debate aiming to produce a recommendation of a technical nature to the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Copenhagen in December 2009. Sessions and panel discussions will address land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF), reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD), and climate change impacts on forests and people.  

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Event: Forum on Forests and Energy – Balancing Risks and Opportunities [viewed]

As part of the XIII World Forestry Congress, the objectives of this Forum are to: assess and share the current state of knowledge about the risks and opportunities for forestry in future bioenergy markets; and assist forest policy makers to provide informed inputs into national and international policy discussions on bioenergy. Themes to be addressed include: bioenergy development and poverty alleviation; current status of markets and technologies for wood energy production; the environmental impact of bioenergy production systems; and bioenergy policies and measures for sustainable outcomes.  

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Norway's GHG Inventory [viewed]

10 July 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the individual review of the greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory submissions of Norway submitted in 2007 and 2008 (FCCC/ARR/2008/NOR).

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