Guest Article #11: Meeting the challenge of the Poznań Strategic Program on Technology Transfer [viewed]

Promoting the transfer of environmentally sound technologies and know-how to developing countries is a key mandate for all countries, rich and poor, committed to facilitating change through an international climate change treaty. And as an operating entity of the financial mechanism of the UNFCCC, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) has the mandate to provide finance resources to support this vision.

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UNESCO IOC Holds Global Meeting of the Intergovernmental Coordination Groups for Tsunami Warning Systems [viewed]

© UNESCO IOC31 March 2009: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) organized the Global Meeting of the Intergovernmental Coordination Groups (ICG) for Tsunami Warning Systems, which convened from 24-27 March 2009, in Paris, France.

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UNWTO Highlights Role of Tourism in a Green Economy [viewed]

31 March 2009: In the lead up to the 2 April 2009 G20 Summit, in London, UK, the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has stressed the potential role of tourism as an economic stimulus and in the green economy.

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UNEP Participates in Low-Carbon Prosperity Task Force [viewed]

© UNEP31 March 2009: Fifty-two companies have partnered with 34 experts and organizations, including the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), to create a new low-carbon Task Force focused on stimulating the low-carbon economy by identifying how to create green jobs and deflect economic growth towards a sustainable, low-carbon path.

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CDM Executive Board Launches Calls for Inputs [viewed]

30 March 2009: The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has launched two calls for inputs, as agreed by the Board at its 46th meeting. The first call is for inputs on efficiency in the operation of the CDM and opportunities for its improvement. The second call is for Designated National Authorities (DNAs) to provide inputs on how to address issues relating to regional distribution of CDM projects, for consideration by the Executive Board at its 47th meeting, which is scheduled to take place from 27-29 May 2009, in Bonn, Germany.

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CDM Executive Board Launches Call for Experts [viewed]

30 March 2009: The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has launched a call for experts to join its Registration and Issuance Team (RIT). The RIT was established to assist Board members in their consideration of requests for registration of project activities and issuance of certified emission reductions (CERs).

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary: Bonn Climate Change Talks Represent “First New Opportunity for True Cooperation” [viewed]

29 March 2009: Addressing delegates at the opening of the seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 7) and the fifth meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 5) taking place in Bonn, Germany, from 29 March-8 April 2009, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, reminded them that they only have six weeks of “real negotiating time” over the next eight months to reach an ambitious agreement in Copenhagen.

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On-line Inventory of UN System Activities on Climate Change Launched [viewed]

27 March 2009: The UN Department of Public Information (DPI) has launched an On-line Inventory of UN System Activities on Climate Change. The inventory is available through the Gateway to the UN System's Work on Climate Change, and is intended to provide information on activities underway throughout the UN system in response to the global climate change challenge.

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UN-HABITAT Governing Council Addresses Impact of Climate Change on the Promotion of Affordable Housing [viewed]

30 March 2009: The 22nd Session of the UN Human Settlements Programme Governing Council (UN-HABITAT GC 22) opened on 30 March 2009, at UN-HABITAT headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The week-long session's main theme is promoting affordable housing finance systems in an urbanizing world in the face of the global financial crisis and climate change.

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UNEP's “Billion Tree Campaign” Surpasses Three Billion Trees Planted [viewed]

30 March 2009: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) “Billion Tree Campaign,” a campaign to plant trees around the globe, recently announced that, with the planting of over 300 million trees in Turkey in 2008, the initiative has resulted in the planting of over three billion trees.

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