UNEP Report Assesses Greenness of Beijing Olympics [viewed]

 Beijing Olympics Get Big Green Tick

18 February 2009: The findings of a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) study titled “Beijing 2008 Olympic Games: Final Environmental Assessment” were presented in Nairobi, Kenya, at the 25th Session of the UNEP Governing Council, which is convening from 16-20 February 2009.

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UNEP Releases Report on the Environment's Role in Averting Future Food Crises [viewed]

The Environmental Food Crisis

17 February 2009: Unless action is taken, 25 percent of the world's food production may be lost by 2050 due to environmental breakdown, according to a UNEP report released during the 25th session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum, which is convening from 16-20 February 2009, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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UN Secretary-General and Al Gore Call for Launching a New Green Global Economy [viewed]

17 February 2009: In an op-ed published in the Financial Times, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and former US Vice-President Al Gore call for using the economic stimulus that is needed to tackle the global economic crisis to launch a new green global economy.

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UNFCCC Posts Information on 14th Meeting of JISC [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat

17 February 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has posted information on the upcoming 14th Meeting of the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC), which will take place from 17-18 February 2009, in Bonn, Germany.

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ICAO's Group on International Aviation and Climate Change Starts Formulating the Programme of Action on International Aviation and Climate Change [viewed]

Third meeting of the Group on International Aviation and Climate Change of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

17 February 2009: In an opening address to the third meeting of the Group on International Aviation and Climate Change of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Roberto Kobeh González, ICAO President of the Council, indicated that the meeting will focus on formulating the Programme of Action on International Aviation and Climate Change.

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UNESCO's “On the Frontlines of Climate Change” Forum Initiates Discussion on REDD [viewed]

13 February 2009: “On the Frontlines of Climate Change,” an internet forum launched by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, has published a lead article on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD).

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EBRD's Annual Meeting to Address Energy Efficiency and Climate Change [viewed]

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

February: Under the heading “Opportunities in a tougher climate,” the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will hold its annual meeting and business forum from 15-16 May 2009, in London, UK. During the meeting, a discussion panel will consider “Energy Efficiency and Climate Change: A Source of Economic Growth and Competitiveness.”

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Human Rights Council to Consider Report on the Relationship between Climate Change and Human Rights [viewed]

February 2009: The tenth session of the Human Rights Council will convene from 2-27 March 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland, and is expected to focus on the impact of the global economic and financial crises on the universal realization and effective enjoyment of human rights as the priority theme. Among other agenda items, the Council will consider a report by the High Commissioner on the relationship between climate change and human rights.

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ILO Trains Policy Makers on Green Jobs [viewed]

Green Jobs Training

17 February 2009: The International Training Centre (ITC) of the International Labour Organization (ILO) organized a pilot training under the umbrella of the Green Jobs initiative for about 20 policy makers from Asia, Africa, South America and Eastern Europe, from 9-13 February 2009, at the UN Staff College in Turin, Italy. 

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First Carbon-Free Polar Research Station to Contribute to WMO International Polar Year [viewed]

Princess Elisabeth station

17 February 2009: Belgium's Princess Elisabeth station in the eastern Antarctic has become the world's first carbon-free polar research station. It will contribute data to the programmes of the International Polar Year, a scientific endeavor organized by the International Council for Science and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

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