ITU Pushes for Role of ICTs to be Recognized in Copenhagen Agreement [viewed]

© ITU28 September 2009: At the first ever Virtual International Symposium on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Climate Change, held on 23 September 2009, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) said it would press for recognition in Copenhagen of the importance of ICTs as a cross-sectoral tool to combat climate change.

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UNECE Publishes Study on Energy-Efficient Housing [viewed]

© UNECE28 September: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released a study on energy-efficient housing entitled “Green Homes.”

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UNECE Committee to Work on Climate Neutral Cities [viewed]

Presentation that noted the use of electric vehicles as one of the key drivers of a global energy transition28 September 2009: One of the outcomes of the 70th session of the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management, which convened from 23-25 September 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland, was the decision to include in the Committee's programme of work a study on climate neutral cities.

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UNGA Member States Highlight Vulnerability and Special Needs of LDCs and SIDS [viewed]

26 September 2009: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) annual high-level debate heard several leaders of small island developing States (SIDS) and least developed countries (LDCs) focusing on climate change.

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CARICOM Mini-Summit Addresses Climate Change [viewed]

© CARICOM26 September 2009: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member States held a mini-summit with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 26 September 2009, in New York. Climate change was among the issues addressed.

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GEF, UNEP and Partners Launch Renewable Energy Project Insurance Scheme [viewed]

© UNEP-GEF-CarbonRe24 September 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) are supporting an innovative mechanism for insuring renewable energy projects in developing countries. The global renewable energy insurance facility, which was launched by Munich, RSA Insurance Group (RSA) and CarbonRe, will be operated via an internet website and will offer standard and customized insurance solutions for renewable energy projects in developing countries.

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Bangkok Climate Change Talks Open [viewed]

Prime Minister of Thailand, Abhisit Vejjajiva, and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer28 September 2009: From 28 September-9 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) are taking place in Bangkok, Thailand.

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G-20 Leaders Commit to Tackle Energy and Climate Change [viewed]

© U.S. Department of State25 September 2009: Leaders of countries representing 85 percent of the world's economy agreed on commitments on climate change and energy, among others, during the G-20 Summit held on 24-25 September 2009, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US.

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UNDESA and Regional Development Banks Launch Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport [viewed]

25 September 2009: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank are among more than 30 members of the new Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT).

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GEF and UNEP Launch Global Platform for Efficient Lighting [viewed]

© GEF25 September 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have launched the “Global Market Transformation for Efficient Lighting Platform,” a public-private partnership directed at reducing global energy demand for lighting.

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