UNFF 9 Opens at UN Headquarters [viewed]

24 January 2011: The ninth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 9) opened on 24 January 2011, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and will run until 4 February under the theme “Forests for people, livelihoods and poverty eradication."

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UNIDO Publishes Reports on Mitigation Costs [viewed]

24 January 2011: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has published three reports focusing on ways of significantly reducing industrial carbon dioxide emissions in developed and developing countries at a reasonable cost.

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UN/ISDR Head Calls for Urgent Action on DRR [viewed]

24 January 2011: Margareta Wahlström, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Reduction and head of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), has called on local governments, city leaders and their partners to “act now” to incorporate climate change adaptation into urban planning.

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World Bank and Republic of Korea Strengthen Partnership on Climate Change-Related Disasters [viewed]

24 January 2011: The World Bank signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Republic of Korea's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to strengthen cooperation for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation.

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OCHA Releases Humanitarian Agenda for 2011 [viewed]

21 January 2011: The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced its agenda for 2011 to member States at a meeting at UN Headquarters in New York, US, focusing on the pressing challenges will make humanitarian operations more complex, namely climate change, mounting natural disasters, the vulnerability of aid workers in conflict areas, and the reduction of financial resources due to the economic crisis.

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WMO Meeting Reports on Switzerland's Climate and Research Monitoring Projects [viewed]

19 January 2011: The Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) programme of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) held a meeting of the Swiss GAW programme from 18-19 January 2011, in Zurich, Switzerland.

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World Bank Highlights Opportunities for Carbon Finance in Arab Countries [viewed]

19 January 2011: Speaking at the Second Arab Economic, Social and Developmental Summit, in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, Mahmoud Mohieldin, World Bank Managing Director, highlighted the potential of the Arab region in the renewable energy sector.

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Event: IEA Fuel Poverty Workshop: Evaluating the Co-Benefits of Low-Income Weatherisation Programmes [viewed]

This workshop, hosted by Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI), will be the first of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Energy Efficiency Unit's (EEU) new programmes of work on innovative energy efficiency policies for mitigating fuel poverty, aiming to overcome the problem of return on investments in weatherization by the poor. The workshop will address three categories of non-energy co-benefits (NEBs) for low-income energy efficiency programmes: utility/rate-payer benefits; societal economic benefits; and participant household benefits. In addition, discussions on methodologies for collecting, quantifying and evaluating NEBs are planned.  

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CBD Notification Identifies Areas of Potential Input of Biodiversity Considerations into Climate Change Discussions [viewed]

19 January 2011: In an effort to enhance synergies between the two processes, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has prepared a notification including invitations for parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to submit their views on areas of potential input of biodiversity considerations into the climate change discussions.

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UNCCD and GEF Secretariats Discuss GEF-5 Policies and Programmes [viewed]

January 2010: Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and Monique Barbut, Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), co-hosted a staff retreat between their respective Secretariats, on 4 January 2011.

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