UNFCCC Publishes REDD Fact Sheet [viewed]

© UNFCCC May 2009: The UNFCCC has published a fact sheet on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), titled, “Reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries: approaches to stimulate action.”

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World Bank Funds Energy Efficient Light Bulb Replacement in Togo [viewed]

28 May 2009: The World Bank approved an Efficient Lighting Project for the City of Lome, Togo, including a Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant totaling US$1.82 million to: disseminate at least 400,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to replace incandescent light bulbs currently in use; organize outreach and awareness-building campaigns aimed at promoting an energy efficiency culture; and introduce a regulatory and quality control mechanism in the national distribution market for CFLs.

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OECD Holds Conference on ICTs and Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

© OECD28 May 2009: The Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) jointly convene a high-level conference titled “ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change.”

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IFPRI Policy Briefs Lay out Agenda on Agriculture and Climate Change for Copenhagen [viewed]

© IFPRI May 2009: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a collection of policy briefs addressing technical and policy issues on agriculture and climate change that should be addressed as part of a new international agreement on climate change.

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Event: Climate Change Adaptation in Practice: Closing Workshop for 14 Pilot Projects under the Advancing Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation Project [viewed]

The Climate Change Programme of the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) will host this closing workshop for 14 pilot projects under the umbrella project Advancing Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation (ACCCA). During the workshop, the pilot projects, located in Africa and Asia, will showcase their results and share lessons and best practices, as well as deliberate on post-project activities in order to ensure continuity and sustainability of the project outputs.  

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Event: UN High-Level Event on Climate Change [viewed]

The UN Secretary-General will host an all-day high-level event on climate change for Heads of State and Government at UN Headquarters one day before the opening of the general debate of the 64th session of the General Assembly.  

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IFPRI Urges Including Agriculture in Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

28 May 2009: In its latest edition of IFPRI Forum, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) urges including agriculture in the negotiations for a new international agreement on climate change in Copenhagen.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Addresses Carbon Expo [viewed]

© Carbon Expo 200927 May 2009: In a speech delivered at Carbon Expo 2009 in Barcelona, Spain, John Kilani, on behalf of UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer, underlined that markets and market-based mechanisms are an integral part of the broader, global architecture being put in place to address climate change.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Report on GEF's Progress in Implementing Strategy on Technology Transfer [viewed]

27 May 2009: The UNFCCC released a document containing the “Interim report of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) on the progress made in carrying out the Poznan strategic programme on technology transfer” (FCCC/SBI/2009/3).

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FAO and IFAD Collaborate on Study that Identifies Biofuels and Carbon Markets as Partial Drivers of International Land Acquisition Deals [viewed]

© 26 May 2009: A collaborative study by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) suggests that increased demand for biofuels and, to a lesser extent, increased land values through emerging carbon markets, are among the factors that drive international land acquisition deals.

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