IEA Report on Cogeneration and District Energy Launched [viewed]

© IEA21 April 2009: During the annual meeting of COGEN Europe (the European Association for the Promotion of Cogeneration), which is taking place in Brussels, Belgium, from 21-22 April 2009, Tom Kerr, International Energy Agency (IEA) Senior Energy Analyst, launched a new IEA report titled “Cogeneration and District Energy: Sustainable Energy Technologies for Today…and Tomorrow.” The report highlights that cogeneration and district energy – technologies that are widely available and cost‐effective – can largely contribute to global energy security and climate change mitigation.

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Deputy Secretary-General Links Gender, Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change [viewed]

© UN20 April 2009: In a statement delivered to the International Conference on Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction, UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro highlighted links between the issues of gender, disaster risk reduction, climate change and poverty reduction. The Conference, which was organized by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat (UN/ISDR), convened from 20-22 April 2009, in Beijing, China.

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World Bank Civil Society Forum and Climate Investment Fund Meetings to Convene [viewed]

© World BankApril 2009: The World Bank Climate Investment Funds (CIF) will hold a civil society self-selection process for observer seats on two CIF committees (Clean Technology Fund and Strategic Climate Fund) and one sub-committee (Pilot Program for Climate Resilience). The NGO RESOLVE will lead the selection process on 24 April, on the occasion of the Civil Society Policy Forum to be held in Washington DC, US, from 23-26 April 2009.

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UNEP Executive Director Discusses Global Green Economy [viewed]

© UNEP20 April 2009: Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), discussed the Green Economy in a speech delivered at a university in Tel Aviv, Israel. He addressed the way technological opportunities in resource efficient, low carbon and environmentally-friendly products and processes move from ideas onto commercialization, noting the power of the market as arbiter of what society wants and needs. He stressed the role of government in “shaping and focusing markets” to deliver benefits and long-term goals.

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G8 Agriculture Ministers Adopt Declaration on the World Food Emergency [viewed]

© G8 Agriculture Ministers' Meeting.jpg20 April 2009: The Ministers of Agriculture of the G8 countries and Brazil, China, India, Mexico, South Africa, Argentina, Australia and Egypt convened from 18-20 April 2009, in Cison di Valmarino, Italy, to discuss food security under the theme “The World Food Emergency.” The meeting was also attended by the Heads of UN agencies that are members of the UN Secretary-General's High-Level Task Force on Food Security and other intergovernmental bodies.

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OAS Summit: US President Proposes Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas, Declaration of Commitment Presented [viewed]

18 April 2009: Addressing the Fifth Summit of the Americas, which took place in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, from 17-19 April 2009, US President Barack Obama proposed the creation of a new Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas “that can forge progress to a more secure and sustainable future.” The proposed partnership would promote renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the promotion of energy efficiency and investments in infrastructure and renewable sources of energy.

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UNDP to Launch Knowledge Platform to Promote Capacity Development for Policy Makers to Address Climate Change [viewed]

April 2009: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) will launch, at the end of April 2009, the Climate Community (UNDPCC), a knowledge platform to promote capacity development of policy makers working directly with activities related to climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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UNESCAP 65th Session to Discuss Food-Fuel-Financial Crisis and Climate Change [viewed]

© UNESCAPApril 2009: The 65th Session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) will convene in Bangkok, Thailand, from 23-29 April 2009. The meeting will include a report from the Committee on Disaster Reduction, the establishment of subregional offices, and a ministerial segment.

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CBD Expert Group on Biodiversity and Climate Change Opens in Helsinki [viewed]

© CBD18 April 2009: The second meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Biodiversity and Climate Change of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) opened on 18 April 2009, in Helsinki, Finland, and will continue until 22 April 2009.

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UN Secretary-General at Summit of the Americas Outlines Impacts of Climate Change on the Region [viewed]

© Fifth Summit of the Americas18 April 2009: In an address to the Fifth Summit of the Americas, taking place in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon referred to the impact of climate change on the Americas, from the shrinking glaciers in the Andes to deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon and the rising sea levels endangering the small islands of the Caribbean.

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