FAO Holds Expert Meeting on Land Tenure and Mitigation in Forestry and Agriculture Sectors [viewed]

17 November 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) hosted an expert meeting on "Land tenure issues and requirements for implementing climate change mitigation policies in the forestry and agriculture sectors" in Rome, Italy, from 15-17 November 2010.

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UNDP Administrator Discusses Climate Change Vulnerability with Prime Minister of Bangladesh [viewed]

16 November 2010: Helen Clark, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, in her official visit to Bangladesh, and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina discussed the country's vulnerability to climate change. Topics included rising sea levels, increased salinity and the national adaptation plan. 

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UNEP FI Calls for Policies to Spur Private Investment in Low-carbon Growth [viewed]

16 November 2010: The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Climate Change Working Group, together with partners, have called for national and international policies that will spur private investment into low-carbon growth and protect the world economy from the worst impacts of climate change, in a statement issued in the lead-up to Cancun.

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ECLAC Seminar Evaluates Vulnerability of Rural Poor to Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

10 November 2010: A seminar on "Agriculture and Climate Change: Innovation, Policies and Institutions" warned that over 50% of the rural population in Latin America and the Caribbean is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change on agriculture.

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UNEP Provides Environmental Training to Peacekeepers [viewed]

9 November 2010: As part of the Natural Resources Management in Post-Conflict Countries Initiative, developed by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in partnership with the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), UNEP convened a four-day training course for UN Field Mission staff.

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AfDB Launches African Carbon Support Project [viewed]

8 November 2010: The African Development Bank (AfDB) launched a project designed to assist project developers in the continent in accessing carbon finance to ensure the commercial feasibility of their projects.

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AOSIS Holds Ministerial Consultation on Climate Change in Preparation for COP 16 [viewed]

2 November 2010: The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) held an Informal Ministerial Consultation on Climate Change from 1-2 November 2010 in St. George's, Grenada. The aim of the Ministerial Consultation was to discuss he AOSIS position in preparation for the 16th session of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP 16) to be held in Cancun, Mexico.

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GEF STAP Recommends Improved Monitoring of Eco-Certification Impacts on Environmental Indicators [viewed]

November 2010: The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) published an advisory document on "Environmental Certification and the Global Environment Facility," summarizing the evidence base for eco-certification initiatives in generating global, national, regional and local environmental benefits, as well as evidence related to the socioeconomic impacts on participants.

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Event: Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP) Peer Evaluation and Planning Meeting [viewed]

20 African countries building resilience to climate change, as part of the Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP), will meet in Dakar to share lessons on climate adaptation, build capacity, agree on priorities for the AAP workplan for 2011, and accelerate progress to make their countries more resilient to climate change. Since 2008, the AAP – a flagship programme of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with UNIDO, UNICEF and WFP under the Japan-UNDP Joint Framework for Building Partnership to Address Climate Change – is helping 20 countries in Africa to develop their capacity to design and implement climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction programmes that are aligned with their national development priorities.  

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Event: Montreal Protocol OEWG 31 [viewed]

Delegates at the 31st meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 31) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer are expected to discuss two proposals for amendments to the Montreal Protocol. The first has been submitted by the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and is similar to the amendment proposed by FSM in 2010 to control the production and consumption of HFCs. Canada, Mexico and the US have also submitted a proposed amendment, similar to the amendment they proposed at the twenty-second meeting of the Parties (MOP 22) in 2010, which aims to list 20 specific HFCs in a new Annex to the Protocol. OEWG 31 is also scheduled to consider several other issues, including the 2011 progress report of the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) and the TEAP's initial recommendations for essential-use and critical-use nominations.  

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