Event: 26th Meeting of the CDM Small-Scale Working Group [viewed]

The Small-Scale Working Group of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) will hold its 26th meeting to consider matters relating to small-scale CDM project activities. The dates of this meeting are to be confirmed.  

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Ramsar's Standing Committee Holds 41st Meeting [viewed]

11 May 2010: The 41st meeting of the Standing Committee (SC) of the Rasmar Convention on Wetlands took place in Kobuleti, Georgia, from 26 April-1 May 2010. Opening the meeting, Giorgi Khachidze, Minister of Environment Protection and Natural Resources, Georgia, emphasized the importance of wetlands, especially in the era of climate change and increased potential for disasters.

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IEA Releases Two Solar Technology Roadmaps [viewed]

11 May 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released two Roadmaps on Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and Photovoltaic (PV) electricity production during the Mediterranean Solar Plan Conference taking place in Valencia, Spain, from 11-12 May 2010. In introducing the roadmaps, IEA Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka underscored that solar energy could represent 20-25% of global electricity production and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by six billion tons per year by 2050.

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CDM Audio Files Available in French [viewed]

11 May 2010: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Audio File Service is now available in the French language.

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Third Global Biodiversity Outlook Highlights the Linked Challenges of Biodiversity Loss and Climate Change [viewed]

10 May 2010: The third edition of Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-3), a major assessment of the current state of biodiversity and the implications of its continued loss for human well-being, has been launched. The report notes that the linked challenges of biodiversity loss and climate change must be addressed with equal priority and in close coordination, if the most severe impacts of each are to be avoided.

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CDM Executive Board Releases Proposed Agenda for 54th Meeting [viewed]

10 May 2010: The proposed agenda, annotated agenda and draft work programme for the 54th meeting of the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), scheduled to take place from 24-28 May 2010, in Bonn, Germany, are now available on the CDM website.

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Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels Releases Sustainability Standards [viewed]

7 May 2010: The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) has released its complete set of biofuels sustainability standards. The numerous standards compiled in this database range from a technical draft for EU market access to standards approved for pilot testing on: chains of custody; certification and accreditation bodies; and application of rules to specific conditions.

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UNFCCC Publishes Note on ToR for Technology Research and Development [viewed]

7 May 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a note on terms of reference (ToR) for a report on options to facilitate collaborative technology research and development (R&D) relevant to environmentally sound technologies (FCCC/SBSTA/2010/INF.4).

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UN-Energy Publishes Strategic Reviews of Progress and Future Work [viewed]

28 April 2010: In conjunction with the launch of the report of the Secretary-General's Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change at UN Headquarters in New York, US, UN-Energy published two reports comprising strategic reviews of its past, present and future work.

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SIDS Day at CSD 18 Discusses Implementation of the Mauritius Strategy [viewed]

10 May 2010: On 10 May 2010, delegates at the 18th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 18) considered the CSD 18 thematic topics as they relate to small island developing States (SIDS) and conducted a review of the implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the Implementation (MSI) of the Barbados Plan of Action for the Sustainable Development of SIDS (PrepCom for MSI+5).

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