Event: Third UN-REDD Policy Board Meeting [viewed]

The UN-REDD Programme's Policy Board meets to approve new country programmes, review progress and assess lessons learned, and will follow the World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility's Participants Committee meeting. Holding the two meetings back-to-back allows representatives of the two initiatives to participate in each other's meetings and provide feedback on issues of common interest.  

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Event: Central Africa Forest Day 2: Shaping the Debate on Forests and Adaptation to Climate Change in Central Africa [viewed]

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) will organize this meeting to bring together forest stakeholders to discuss forest and climate change issues in Central Africa. Topics to be addressed include: climate change and indigenous people rights; the scope of carbon markets in Central Africa; reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD); poverty alleviation; and procedures and capacity for mitigating climate change in Central Africa. CIFOR is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  

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UNFCCC Secretariat Publishes AWG-LCA Scenario Note for Barcelona [viewed]

© UNFCCC26 October 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a scenario note (FCCC/AWGLCA/2009/13) on the resumed seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG- LCA 7), which will be held in conjunction with the second 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), from 2-6 November 2009, in Barcelona, Spain.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Publishes Adaptation Submissions [viewed]

© UNFCCC22 October 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a submission (FCCC/SBSTA/2009/MISC.10) by Sweden on behalf of the European Community and its member States on efforts undertaken to monitor and evaluate the implementation of adaptation projects, policies and programmes and the costs and effectiveness of completed projects, policies and programmes, and views on lessons learned, good practices, gaps and needs.

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UNEP Finance Initiative Launches Report on Low Carbon Growth in Developing Countries [viewed]

© UN26 October 2009: The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) has released a report “Catalysing Low Carbon Growth in Developing Economies: public finance mechanisms to scale up private sector investment in climate solutions.”

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UNGA Second Committee Discusses Climate Change and Green Growth [viewed]

© UNGA26 October 2009: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) participated in a panel discussion on “Green growth and sustainable development” on 26 October 2009, focusing on how climate change mitigation can be supported by and contribute to economic growth. The event was organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) under the auspices of the Second Committee.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Publishes SBI Submissions [viewed]

© UNFCCC23 October 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published several submissions from parties for consideration by the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI).

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UNDP Newsletter Highlights Support to Developing Countries to Build Up Capacities for Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

© UNDPOctober 2009: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released its Climate Change Adaptation Newsletter, a quarterly publication, highlighting the support the organization is providing to 75 countries in the development of national, sub-national and community level capacities to adapt and build their resilience against climate change risks.

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Guest Article #25: The Adaptation Fund - where is it heading? [viewed]

The Adaptation Fund (AF) was established under the Kyoto Protocol of the UNFCCC and launched at COP-7 in Marrakech, in 2001. The aim was to finance adaptation projects in vulnerable developing countries. Real work to establish the Fund started only in 2008 with the establishment of the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB). The Board with its first Chair, Richard Muyungi from Tanzania, managed to get the legal framework prepared and adopted at the Poznan climate change conference by the end of 2008. Further work by the Board in 2009 has resulted in, among other accomplishments, agreed Operational Policies and Guidelines, a framework to assure so called ‘direct access' and an accreditation process for national implementing entities. Thus the Fund is becoming operational before the climate change conference in Copenhagen at the end of this year.

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African Negotiators Define Desirable Copenhagen Outcome [viewed]

© UNEP23 October 2009: The Technical Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) Pre-COP 15 (Second Meeting of the African High Level Expert Panel on Climate Change) convened from 19-23 October 2009, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and concluded with a call for a “fair, inclusive, effective and equitable new agreement in Copenhagen.” The session was the initiative of AMCEN and the African Union (AU), in collaboration with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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