UN-REDD Releases Third Newsletter [viewed]

Un-reddOctober 2009: The UN-REDD Programme has published the third issue of its newsletter, featuring news on: five new countries that joined the UN-REDD Programme; the first regional consultation between indigenous peoples' organizations from Asia and the Pacific and the UN-REDD Programme; and the Democratic Republic of the Congo's request for funding of a Congo Basin approach for monitoring, reporting and verification.

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UN Secretary-General Urges All Heads of State and Government to Attend High-Level Segment in Copenhagen [viewed]

COP 1512 November 2009: In a statement issued by his Spokesperson, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the invitation by Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen of Denmark for Heads of State and government to attend the closing days of the UN Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen on 17-18 December 2009.

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GEF Council Meeting Decides on Climate Change Financing [viewed]

GEF12 November 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council Meeting took place in Washington DC, US, from 10-12 November 2009, and addressed climate change financing, among other issues.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Announces Publication of Joint Implementation Documents [viewed]

UNFCCC11 November 2009: An accredited independent entity (AIE) has submitted a joint implementation (JI) project design document (PDD) to the UNFCCC Secretariat. The submission was made pursuant to the provision of the JI Guidelines requiring that, under the JI Track 2 procedure, AIEs shall make JI PDDs publicly available through the Secretariat, subject to confidentiality provisions, and receive comments from parties, stakeholders and UNFCCC accredited observers for 30 days from the date the PDD is made publicly available. The PDD for the JI project, “Griezpelkiu wind power park project,” is now open for comments until 11 December 2009. This JI project also marks the 200th PDD published on the Secretariat website since the JI Supervisory Committee (JISC) launched its JI Track 2 procedure three years ago.

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FAO Releases Information Note on Forest Management and REDD [viewed]

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10 November 2009: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released an information note clarifying terminology used in the climate negotiations on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD). The note states that the lack of a common understanding of the terms “sustainable management of forests (SMF)” and “sustainable forest management (SFM)” is confusing the debate on the eligibility of activities for incentives under a REDD+ instrument (REDD+ referring to REDD, plus the role of conservation, SMF and enhancement of forest carbon stocks).

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IRRI Publication Highlights Impacts of Climate Change on Rice Production [viewed]

IRRINovember 2009: The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), published the October to December issue of “Rice Today,” which features articles on climate change and rice harvests.

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JISC Launches Programmes of Activities [viewed]

UNFCCCNovember 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced that the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC) has enabled programmes of activities (JI PoA). At its 18th meeting, which was held from 22-23 October 2009, the JISC adopted a procedure that will enable JI PoA under the JI Track 2 procedure.

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Event: Bonn Symposium 2009: Sustainable Development in Times of Crises Opposition or Opportunity? [viewed]

The Bonn Symposium 2009 will call for coherent reflection upon the structural causes of current crises as well as upon the sustainability of lifestyle norms, and seek to present practical recommendations to safeguard sustainable development in times of crises. The Bonn Symposium is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, and the Foundation for International Dialogue of the Savings Bank in Bonn. Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, will offer the keynote address.  

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UNEP Co-Hosts Workshop on Climate Impact in Kenya [viewed]

workshop-on-climate11 November 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Swedish Government co-hosted a climate change conference on 11 November 2009, in Nairobi, Kenya, to raise awareness of the implications of climate change for Kenya's economy and vulnerable groups.

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UN Secretary-General Urges US to Take Leading Role in Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

ban-ki-moon-met-with-us11 November 2009: During a visit to Washington DC, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with US Congressional leaders to discuss the status of international climate change negotiations.

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