African Leaders Define a Green Pact for Africa at Forum on Sustainable Development [viewed]

© World Forum on Sustainable Development11 October 2009: The World Forum on Sustainable Development, which convened from 9-11 October 2009, in Ouagadougou, under the theme “Climate Change: What Opportunities for Sustainable Development?” was organized by the Government of Burkina Faso in partnership with the UN, including the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the African Union (AU).

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ITTO and Indonesian Government Launch REDD Partnership [viewed]

© ITTO9 October 2009: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Ministry of Forestry of Indonesia have launched a partnership designed to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) and to enhance forest carbon stocks through enhanced community participation in conservation and management of the Meru Betiri National Park (MBNP), in the southeastern part of the East Java province.

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Ramsar Secretariat Selects Theme for 2010 World Wetlands Day: Caring for Wetlands – an answer to climate change [viewed]

8 October 2009: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands has announced that the theme for 2010 World Wetlands Day (WWD), celebrated on 2 February, will be “Caring for wetlands – an answer to climate change.”

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IDB Funds Second-Generation Biofuels in Chile [viewed]

© IDB6 October 2009: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will fund a feasibility study in Chile to explore sustainable biodiesel derived from forest industry byproducts and wood waste, which do not compete with food production.

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Guest Article #23: Climate information and services for decision-making [viewed]

Convened in Geneva from 31 August to 4 September 2009 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and its international partners, the World Climate Conference-3 (WCC-3) has initiated the process to establish a Global Framework for Climate Services, to ensure that climate information and predictions are made available to decision-makers and to all sectors enduring the increasing impacts of climate variability and change. This historic decision was unanimously adopted at the opening of the WCC-3 High-level Segment, which followed three days of intense deliberations by multidisciplinary international experts. Present on the occasion were the Presidents and Heads of State of 12 countries and close to 80 Ministers, as well as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and 12 Executive Heads of UN Agencies and Programmes.

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UNFCCC Bangkok Talks End with Little Progress on Finance and Mitigation [viewed]

© ENB9 October 2009: The first part of the seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (AWG-LCA 7) and the first part of the ninth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 9) took place from 28 September-9 October 2009, in Bangkok, Thailand.

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ICAO Member States Approve Declaration Pledging Commitment to Tackle Airline Industry Emissions [viewed]

© ICAO9 October 2009: Member States of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which represent 93 percent of commercial air traffic globally, have approved a Declaration affirming their commitment to work through ICAO to reduce industry emissions contributing to climate change.

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UNIDO Co-organizes Global Renewable Energy Forum 2009 [viewed]

© ENB9 October 2009: From 7-9 October 2009, the Global Renewable Energy Forum 2009, co-organized by the Ministry of Energy of Mexico and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), brought together over 2000 participants from over 73 countries, including 30 ministers and high-level representatives, to discuss “Scaling up Renewable Energy.”

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UNWTO Assembly Endorses Roadmap for Recovery [viewed]

© UNWTO8 October 2009: The 18th session of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly convened in Astana, Kazakhstan, from 5-8 October 2009.

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ILO Project Addresses Impact of Changing Weather Patterns on the Local Economy [viewed]

© ILO6 October 2009: The International Labour Organization (ILO) has a launched a new project to reduce the impact of changing weather patterns on the local economy.

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