Event: Fifth ITU Symposium on ICTs and the Environment and Climate Change [viewed]

The International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) fifth Symposium on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and the Environment and Climate Change will be hosted and co-organized by Egypt's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs. It will focus on the issue of ICTs, the environment and climate change in Africa, as well as the needs of developing countries. Topics to be discussed include adaptation to climate change, e-waste, cost-effective ICT technologies, methodology of environmental impact assessment of ICT and financing of climate change solutions. The main purpose is to raise awareness of the importance and opportunities of using ICTs to monitor climate change, and to mitigate and address its effects. The symposium will issue the “Cairo Road Map,” a set of recommendations for action in relation to ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change.  

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Event: Regional Workshop for Africa on Article 6 of the Convention [viewed]

This Regional Workshop for Africa on Article 6 of the UNFCCC (Education, Training and Public Awareness) is organized in response to a request by the Conference of Parties (COP) at its 13th session (Bali, December 2007) (decision 9/CP.13). It aims to: contribute to the intermediate review of progress in 2010; evaluate its effectiveness; and identify emerging gaps and opportunities. The discussions at the workshop are expected to contribute to assessing the level of implementation of the New Delhi work programme in the region, identifying needs and persistent gaps, with a view to making recommendations on how to enhance the level of implementation of Article 6 activities and to contribute to the interim review process.  

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UNFCCC Publishes CDM and JI FAQ Lists [viewed]

6 September 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published clarifications to “frequently asked questions” (FAQs) about the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Joint Implementation (JI).  

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UNU and IDB Co-Organize Symposium on Climate Change and Biodiversity [viewed]

2 September 2010: The Japan-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Public Symposium on Climate Change and Biodiversity, organized by the UN University (UNU), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), with the support of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), took place on 2 September 2010, in Tokyo, Japan.

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GEF SGP Funds Bicycle Rental Scheme in Macedonia [viewed]

3 September 2010: The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Program (GEF-SGP)  is funding bicycle rental as an alternative means of urban transportation, and to reduce congested traffic and air pollution, in Skopje, Macedonia.

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Documents for 11th Meeting of Adaptation Fund Board Posted [viewed]

September 2010: The working documents of the 11th meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board have been posted online.

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GCOS Releases Updated Implementation Plan for the Global Observing System for Climate [viewed]

31 August 2010: The updated version of the Implementation Plan for the Global Observing System for Climate in Support of the UNFCCC, including the revised list of Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Essential Climate Variables (ECVs), has been published.

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OECD Publishes Paper on Costs and Benefits of Adaptation [viewed]

10 August 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a working paper titled “Plan or react? Analysis of Adaptation Costs and Benefits Using Integrated Assessment Models.”

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OECD Publishes Working Paper on Effectiveness of Copenhagen Accord Pledges [viewed]

4 August 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a working paper titled “Costs, Revenues, and Effectiveness of the Copenhagen Accord Emission Pledges for 2020.”

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UNCTAD World Investment Forum Opens in China [viewed]

7 September 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (by videoconference), Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and former US President Bill Clinton addressed the World Investment Forum in Xiamen, China, highlighting the current challenge of integrating investment policies to encourage the transformation towards a low-carbon economy.

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