UNECE Pollutants Protocol Enters into Force [viewed]

6 October 2009: A legally binding instrument on pollutant release and transfer registers will enter into force on 8 October 2009, and help identify, among others, emitters of certain greenhouse gases across Europe.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Addresses World Bank Bali Dialogue [viewed]

© UNFCCC5 October 2009: Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, addressed the World Bank Bali Dialogue in Istanbul, Turkey, on 5 October.

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Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Stresses Links between Investment, Trade and Climate Change [viewed]

© UN5 October 2009: Addressing the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee, Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, underscored the global economic crisis and climate change as key threats to development, peace, security and human rights.

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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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