Climate Change-Related Activities Included in CBD Secretariat's Quarterly Report [viewed]

© CBD14 July 2009: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated its quarterly report covering developments from 1 April-30 June 2009.

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Five Top UN Officials Urge World Leaders to “Seal the Deal” in Copenhagen [viewed]

© UN14 July 2009: Five top UN officials have added their names to an online petition urging world leaders to “Seal the Deal” on an ambitious new climate change agreement at the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 15) in Copenhagen, Denmark, this December.

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IPCC Chair Addresses AR5 Scoping Meeting [viewed]

13 July 2009: In an speech delivered at the opening ceremony of the Scoping Meeting for the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which is taking place in Venice, Italy, from 13-17 July 2009, IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri said one could believe that “the finest hour of the IPCC came and went in 2007 and 2008, particularly with the award of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007” and the release of the Fourth Assessment Report, but he said “the finest hour is yet to come.”

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IPCC Calls for Disaster Reduction Experts [viewed]

© IPCC13 July 2009: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is seeking disaster reduction experts for lead author and review editor roles.

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Ozone Secretariat's Bi-annual Newsletter Addresses Climate Change Issues [viewed]

© Ozone SecretariatJuly 2009: The Ozone Secretariat has released the July 2009 edition of its bi-annual newsletter titled “Centrum.” The issue features climate change related articles on: hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs); synergies among the ozone layer, climate change and biodiversity; a workshop on capacity building for African negotiators on climate change; potential synergies for ozone and climate protection at the national level; and the Chicago Climate Exchange and credit for ozone depleting substances (ODS) destruction.

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Guest Article #17: Copenhagen - An Ocean of Change [viewed]

The ancient decree “All roads lead to Rome” has been understandably overtaken by the obsessive charge: “All roads lead to Copenhagen.” The 15th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP15) in Copenhagen is the apex around which all else in 2009 revolves. Everywhere I go I hear “We need this on the agenda at Copenhagen” or “Let's wait and see what happens at Copenhagen.” All else lays within the ecliptic shadow of the need to “Seal the Deal” on mitigation targets and adaptation measures in Copenhagen.

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UNEP Report on Green Investments Wins Asset Managers Support [viewed]

14 July 2009: The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Asset Management Working Group, a partnership between UNEP and over 180 financial institutions worldwide, has released a report titled “Fiduciary Responsibility - Legal and Practical Aspects of Integrating Environmental, Social and Governance Issues into Institutional Investment.” The Group of 180 asset managers represents approximately US$2 trillion in assets under management and argue that integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations into investment decisions is no longer a luxury, but a legal responsibility.

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WIPO Conference Discusses Role of Innovation in Mitigating Climate Change [viewed]

© WIPO13 July 2009: During the Conference on Intellectual Property and Public Policy Issues held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 13-14 July 2009, and organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), participants discussed the role of intellectual property (IP) in promoting the development and diffusion of green technologies to combat climate change.

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EBRD Funds Use of Forest Waste for Biomass-Fired Heat and Power Plants [viewed]

13 July 2009: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will provide a loan for the equivalent of €29 million to phase-out inefficient diesel and oil-fired generators in Siberia, Russia.

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AOSIS Calls on Major Economies to Adopt More Ambitious and Concrete Targets [viewed]

© UN-DESA SIDS10 July 2009: In a press conference held at UN Headquarters in New York, US, Dessima Williams, Permanent Representative of Grenada and Chairperson of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), welcomed the statements on climate change made by the leaders of the G8 industrialized economies and the 17 participants in the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, who met in L'Aquila, Italy, noting they signal their growing and positive engagement with the on-going negotiations.

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