CBD Bulletin Reports on Forest and Climate Change Workshop [viewed]

© CBD5 October 2009: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published its Monthly Bulletin of Activities, which includes, among other issues, a report on the sub-regional capacity-building workshop on forest biodiversity and climate change for South and South-East Asia, held from 2-5 September 2009, in Singapore City.

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UNITAR Joins Nairobi Framework to Improve Participation of Developing Countries in CDM [viewed]

© UNITAR5 October 2009: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) joined the Nairobi Framework, an initiative aimed at assisting developing countries especially those in sub-Saharan Africa, to improve their level of participation in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

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UN Secretary-General Hopeful Ahead of Final Leg of Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

© UN3 October 2009: Speaking at Copenhagen University, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that “tackling climate change can set us on the road to peace and prosperity for all.”

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CSO Representatives Elected to UN-REDD Policy Board [viewed]

© UNREDD1 October 2009: After being nominated and self-selected by civil society organizations (CSOs) worldwide, the CSO representatives to the UN-REDD Policy Board were announced to be: Pacifique Mukumba Isumbisho, Support Center for Indigenous Pygmies and Vulnerable Minorities; Effrey Dademo, the Papua New Guinea Eco-Forestry Forum; Paula Moreira, Amazon Environmental Research Institute; and Rosalind Reeve, Global Witness.

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WTO Public Forum Addresses Conflicts and Coherence between Climate-Change Policies and Trade Rules [viewed]

1 October 2009: The World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum featured a panel on climate change policies and trade rules that looked into whether the interpretation of WTO agreements ensures sufficient policy space to adopt effective climate-change measures.

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IEA Releases Report on Energy Efficiency in the Electricity Sector [viewed]

© IEA15 September 2009: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a document entitled “Sectoral Approaches in Electricity: Building Bridges to a Safe Climate,” which elaborates how the international climate regime can support a transition towards a global low-carbon electricity system sectorally.

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Event: GEF-5 Replenishment Third Meeting [viewed]

The third meeting of the Fifth Global Environment Facility (GEF-5) Replenishment will continue negotiations towards the replenishment of the GEF fund and include presentations on the GEF's fourth overall performance study and the World Bank's Client Connection.  

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UNCCD COP 9 Identifies Indicators for Monitoring and Assessing the Extent of Desertification, Drought and Land Degradation [viewed]

© ENB3 October 2009: Among the 36 decisions adopted before the final gavel came down at 7:50 am on Saturday, 3 October, at the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 9) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), was a decision that identifies two indicators – the proportion of the population in affected areas living above the poverty line and land cover status – as the minimum subset of impact indicators required for reporting by affected countries beginning in 2012, along with additional, optional impact indicators.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Adds New Files to CDM Audio File Service [viewed]

© UNFCCC2 October 2009: The Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has added a new series of audio files to its Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Audio File Service.

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UN Secretary-General Warns Collective Action on Climate Change Necessary to Avoid Catastrophe [viewed]

© UN1 October 2009: Speaking at Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that “if ever there were a time to act in a spirit of renewed multilateralism ... it is now.”

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