IDB and Nicholas Stern Present Country Studies on Climate Impact [viewed]

IDBLogo_en5 March 2009: Lord Nicholas Stern and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) hosted a seminar on “Development in a More Hostile Climate” during which country-level studies of the economic impact of climate change in Brazil, Mexico and South East Asia were presented.

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EC Releases Report on Soils' Role in Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

Review of existing information on the interrelations between soil and climate change (CLIMSOIL)

5 March 2009: The European Commission (EC) has released a report that underlines the role that soils can play in mitigating climate change.

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UNWTO Tourism Resilience Committee Considering Impact of Economic Crisis on Tourism Industry [viewed]

UN World Tourism Organization's (UNWTO)

5 March 2009: The UN World Tourism Organization's (UNWTO) Tourism Resilience Committee (TRC) is a platform for information and best practice sharing regarding the current economic downturn and its impact on the tourism sector.

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CBD Secretariat Launches Online Dialogue on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

CBD Secretariat

5 March 2009: In preparation for the second meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on biodiversity and climate change, to be held from 18-22 April 2009, in Helsinki, Finland, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is hosting an internet-based discussion group from 9-20 March 2009.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Parties' Submissions on Legal Implications Arising from Work of AWG-KP [viewed]

March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released four submissions on views on the legal implications arising from the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) pursuant to Article 3, paragraph 9, of the Kyoto Protocol. It received the submissions from Belarus, the Czech Republic on behalf of the EU, Japan and New Zealand. Article 3.9 states that commitments for subsequent periods for parties included in Annex I shall be established in amendments to Annex B and the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties shall initiate consideration of such commitments at least seven years before the end of the first commitment period.

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World Bank Group Supports Renewable Energy Projects in Chile and Armenia [viewed]

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

February 2009: The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is financing the construction of the Totoral Wind Farm, Chile's first-ever project-financed wind farm. In related news, the World Bank's Vice President for Europe and Central Asia approved a grant of US$1.5 million for the Armenia Geothermal Energy Development project funded under the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Geothermal Energy Development Program (GeoFund).

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UN Secretary-General Discusses Food Security and Climate Change at UNIS-UN Conference [viewed]

UN International School's UNIS-UN

6 March 2009: Speaking at the annual UN International School's UNIS-UN conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed the linkages between food security and climate change. The conference, which gathered students from around the world, convened from 5-6 March 2009, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, under the theme “The Food Crisis: A Global Challenge.”

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High-Level African Women Call for Gendered Solutions to Financial, Food and Climate Change Crises [viewed]

UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

4 March 2009: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) organized a press conference with high-ranking African women who are attending the 53rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW53), at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The panel called for gender-specific responses, including plans and programmes to address the impacts of the financial, food and climate change crises.

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IPCC Chair Calls for Strong Leadership at Climate Change Summit in South Africa [viewed]

IPCC Chair Calls for Strong Leadership at Climate Change Summit in South Africa

4 March 2009: In his address to the National Climate Change Response Policy Development Summit in South Africa, Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), expressed concern with the slow international response to mitigate climate change. The Summit is taking place from 3-6 March 2009, in Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa.

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UNEP and Partners Launch “50 by 50” Global Fuel Economy Initiative [viewed]

50by50: Global Fuel Economy Initiative

4 March 2009: At the Geneva Motor Show, taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 5-15 March 2009, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Energy Agency, the International Transport Forum and the FIA Foundation laid out a roadmap, the “50 by 50 Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI),” to halve car emissions by 2050.

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