IFPRI Releases Two Papers on Climate Change Adaptation Options in Africa [viewed]

© IFPRI July 2009: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), has released two new papers on adaptation to climate change in Africa, with a focus on poor farmers

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Event: Climate Neutral Cities Seminar [viewed]

This seminar is organized by the Environment, Housing and Land Management Division of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and will address how urban planning and building can contribute to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and enhance the overall sustainability of a city. Speakers will include policymakers and authorities from various cities, who will present relevant policies as well as the challenges to governance posed by the concept of “Climate Neutral Cities.”  

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Voting on Civil Society Observer Seats for World Bank CIF Committees Underway [viewed]

© World Bank 21 July 2009: Voting is now open for the selection of candidates to serve as civil society observers for the following World Bank Climate Investment Fund committees: the Clean Technology Fund, the Strategic Climate Fund, and the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience.

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UN-HABITAT Executive Director Highlights Connections Between Urban and Green Agendas [viewed]

© UN20 July 2009: UN-HABITAT Executive Director Anna Tibaijuka delivered a keynote address to the XVIII Assembly of Ministers and lead authorities of housing and urban development in Latin America and the Caribbean (MINURVI), which convened in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and emphasized three key messages: decent housing and universal access to basic urban services are critical elements to the well-being of urban populations and poverty reduction; cities play a role as engines of economic growth; and sustainable development depends on sustainable urban development.

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UN Secretary-General to Focus on Climate Change During Trip to China and Mongolia [viewed]

20 July 2009: The UN Secretary-General is scheduled to travel to China on 24 July 2009, where he will meet with Chinese President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and other Chinese officials in Beijing, and participate in a number of climate change-related programmes, including a “Green Light” event focusing on energy efficient technologies.

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IPCC Chair at UN Press Conference: G8 Leaders Did Not Take IPCC Recommendations into Account [viewed]

© IPCC20 July 2009: During a press conference held at UN Headquarters in New York, US, Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said he was encouraged by the climate pledges made by G8 leaders at their recent meeting in L'Aquila, Italy, but expressed his concern that their general commitments fell short of what was required by science.

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Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat Announces Winner of Logo Contest [viewed]

© Adaptation Fund15 July 2009: The Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat has announced that Andrew M. Wee of Cebu City, Philippines, has won the contest to create a new logo for the Fund.

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Event: International Seminar on Climate Change Education [viewed]

This seminar, organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), will bring together 60 climate change, education and curricula development experts to examine how climate change issues can be integrated into educational programmes and school curricula. Other objectives include mobilizing support for relevant teacher training, enhancing the exchange of good practices on climate change education and finding ways to better use existing networks such as the UNESCO Associated Schools Networks and World Heritage sites to promote local field-based education.  

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Event: Nairobi Work Programme: Technical Workshop on Advancing the Integration of Approaches to Adaptation Planning [viewed]

This meeting will enable around 100 experts representing developed and developing countries, along with intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, to share information on approaches to and experiences in integrating and expanding adaptation planning and action at national, subnational, community and local levels and views on lessons learned, good practices, gaps, needs, barriers and constraints to adaptation.  

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Event: World Bank CIF Trust Fund Committees Meetings [viewed]

The meetings of the World Bank's Climate Investment Fund (CIF) Trust Fund Committees will address how funds for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects are allocated.  

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