Under-Secretary-General Highlights Water-Climate Links at World Water Forum [viewed]

UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang

17 March 2009: UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang addressed several audiences at the fifth World Water Forum, which met from 16-22 March 2009, in Istanbul, Turkey. During the opening ceremony, he suggested “four strategic actions on bridging divides for water,” including engaging with other policy communities on the nexus between water challenges and climate change, accelerating progress in climate change adaptation, and improving human and institutional capacity backed by adequate financial resources.

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UNEP Releases Policy Brief on Global Green New Deal in Advance of G20 [viewed]

UN spotlights five key areas to spur sustainable economic recovery

19 March 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released “Global Green New Deal: Policy Brief,” which aims to inform the debate at the upcoming G20 meeting to be held in London, UK, in early April 2009.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases CDM Technology Transfer Report [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat

18 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a report titled “Analysis of Technology Transfer in CDM Projects,” which contains the results of a study analyzing the transfer of technology under Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects. The report contains an analysis of information on: technology transfer used in CDM projects; technology transfer by project type; technology transfer by host country; technology supplier versus buyer participants; the origin of the technology; technology transfer versus technology needs, as submitted by project participants in their project design documents; capital investment; and trend analysis/comparison from the 2007 study.

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ESCAP to Hold Event on Shared Water, Shared Opportunities for World Water Day [viewed]

UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

19 March 2009: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is organizing an event on transboundary waters with the theme “Shared Water – Shared Opportunities” to celebrate World Water Day, which will take place on 25 March 2009. The event, which will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, will feature a panel discussion on “Energy Crisis, Food Crisis, Financial Crisis and Climate Change in Transboundary Rivers Opportunities and Challenges.”

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IEA Executive Director Emphasizes Investment in Low Carbon Technologies at OPEC Seminar [viewed]

Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA)

18 March 2009: Speaking at the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) International Seminar, which took place in Vienna, Austria, from 18-19 March 2009, under the theme “Petroleum: Future Stability and Sustainability,” Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA), outlined the IEA's view on world energy markets, underscoring the present and future need for continuous and substantial investments with respect to both the traditional supply side and clean energy technologies.

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IFPRI to Hold Panel Discussion on Agriculture at International Climate Discussions [viewed]

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

March 2009: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is organizing a panel discussion titled “Securing a Place for Agriculture at International Climate Discussions.” The event will be held on 27 March 2009 in Washington DC, US, and will address how the role of agriculture, land-use change and forestry for climate change mitigation and adaptation can be adequately reflected in a future climate regime.

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Guest Article #10: Food Insecurity and Climate Change: Uncertain Times and Tough Choices [viewed]

Throughout the world, poor people are becoming poorer as a result of failing food systems and changing climates. For many more, the buffer provided by regular employment and a steady income is being eroded by the worst economic recession since the great depression. As millions more become poor, they are vulnerable to volatility of food prices and of the cost of seeds, fertilizers and other inputs needed to grow food.

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UN-REDD Programme Approves Funds [viewed]

Forests store CO2 helping alleviate climate change

18 March 2009: The UN-REDD Programme, an initiative on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), has approved US$18 million for activities in five pilot countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Programme is sponsored by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the UN Development Programme, and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The approved sum constitutes roughly one-third of available funding under the Programme, and will be dedicated to measures such as monitoring, stakeholder engagement, enhancement of non-carbon benefits, and strengthening of institutional capacity.

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WMO Releases Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2008 [viewed]

WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate

18 March 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) published its annual Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2008. The WMO Statement contains information for 2008 on global temperature, regional temperature anomalies, global precipitation, droughts, flooding and storms, La Niña, tropical cyclones, Antarctic ozone hole and Arctic sea ice extent, as well as an article on benefits for climate monitoring and assessment of data rescue activities.

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UN-HABITAT Launches New Cities and Climate Change Initiative [viewed]

Cities and Climate Change

17 March 2009: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has officially launched the Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI) at a conference titled “Cities and Climate Change,” which took place on 17 March 2009, in Oslo, Norway. The initiative focuses on mitigation and adaption to climate change impacts on human settlements within the framework of urban governance, decentralization, strengthening local authorities, and environmental planning and management.

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