Event: Sub-regional Workshop for GEF Focal Points from West and Central Africa [viewed]

The Sub-Regional Workshop is expected to be attended by 43 Focal Points representing 25 countries in West and Central Africa, and among other issues will review the mainstreaming of global environment issues into national development plans and policies.  

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Event: 5th Biennial GEF International Waters Conference [viewed]

This Conference, organized by GEF and the Australian Government, will promote sustainable development in basin and coastal communities sharing natural resource systems, to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through the benefits of transboundary cooperation in ecosystem-based management. Issues to be addressed include resolving conflicting demands among diverse stakeholders, and coping with water scarcity and the technical as well as societal impacts of climate change.  

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World Bank and Partners Host Symposium on Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

© URS20092 July 2009: The fifth Urban Research Symposium, which took place from 28 June-1 July 2009, in Marseille, France, was co-organized by the World Bank, the French ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Town and Country Planning, and the French Agency for Development around the theme “Cities and Climate Change: Responding to the Urgent Agenda.”

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UN/ISDR Releases May-June Newsletter [viewed]

© UN/ISDR1 July 2009: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released the May-June 2009 issue of its newsletter ISDR-Highlights, which features an article on the launch of the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction “Risk and Poverty in a Changing Climate.”

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UN Deputy Secretary-General Addresses AU Assembly: “Climate Change Strikes at the Heart of Africa's Key Development Concerns” [viewed]

© UN1 July 2009: In a speech to the 13th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU), taking place in Sirte, Libya, from 1-3 July 2009, Asha-Rose Migiro, UN Deputy Secretary-General, underlined that tackling climate change must be a top priority for Africa.

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CDM Executive Board Releases Proposed Agenda and Annotations for 48th Meeting [viewed]

30 June 2009: The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has published the proposed agenda and annotations, as well as the draft work programme, for its 48th meeting, which is to be held in St. Georges, Grenada, from 14-17 July 2009.

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UNCTAD Discusses African Food Security [viewed]

© UNCTAD30 June 2009: A panel on “African Food Security: Lessons from the Recent Global Food Crisis” was held on 30 June 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland, during the UN Conference on Trade and Development's (UNCTAD) Trade and Development Board Executive Session on Africa.

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UNESCAP Convenes Green Growth Seminar for Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

© UNESCAP28 June 2009: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) convened the first “training of trainers” seminar on low carbon and green-growth development for policy makers, from 22-27 June 2009, in Bangkok, Thailand.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Receives Bali Action Plan Submissions from IGOs and NGOs [viewed]

© UNFCCC15 June 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat received a number of submissions on ideas and proposals on the elements of paragraph 1 of the Bali Action Plan during the month of June.

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Event: Latin America Regional Forum on Promoting Wood-Based Bioenergy Using Wood Residues and Wastes [viewed]

This regional forum, organized by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Brazilian Forest Service, aims to raise decision makers' awareness on the technical and economic potentials of using logging residues and wood-processing wastes for energy generation, thereby increasing resource utilization and energy efficiency in ITTO producing member countries in Latin America. The Forum will address inter alia: opportunities for improving energy security through wood-based bioenergy; potential use of wood residues for the co-generation of energy in wood industries to increase the cost-effectiveness of their operations; meeting the needs of wood-based bioenergy sector through sustainable forest management; and development of an efficient and cost-effective wood-based bioenergy sector in Latin America, including the transfer of appropriate technology and investment.

 

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