UNECE Protocol on Pollutant Releases Set to Enter into Force [viewed]

© UNECE17 July 2009: The Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers to the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (or Aarhus Convention), is set to enter into force on 8 October 2009, following France's ratification, which was deposited with the UN Secretary-General on 10 July 2009.

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IPCC CONVENES AR5 SCOPING MEETING [viewed]

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Scoping Meeting for the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), convened in Venice, Italy, from 13-17 July 2009.

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SECOND MEETING FOR GEF REPLENISHMENT DISCUSSES GEF-5 STRATEGY [viewed]

The second meeting for the fifth replenishment of the Global Environment Facility Trust Fund (GEF-5) addressed several issues that will guide GEF-5, including a strategy to enhance engagement with the private sector, a corporate programs strategy, and a results-based management framework.

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SIXTH ADAPTATION FUND BOARD MEETING INFORMED OF FIRST CER SALES [viewed]

The Adaptation Fund (AF) met for its sixth meeting in Bonn, Germany, from 15-17 June 2009, and was informed about the first sales of CERs on behalf of the Fund.

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Event: Ninth Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 9) [viewed]

The theme for UNFF 9 is "forests for people, livelihoods and poverty eradication." UNFF 9 also is expected to complete consideration of the means of implementation for sustainable forest management.  

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UNEP and ICRAF Call for Green Agricultural Practices [viewed]

© UNEP24 July 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), are calling for the widespread uptake of “green agricultural practices” that have the potential to combat climate change, contribute to poverty eradication, boost food production, and provide sustainable sources of timber.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Highlights Financing for Developing Countries as Key to a Climate Change Agreement [viewed]

© UNFCCC24 July 2009: In an address on UN Radio, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, said “sealing the deal” for a comprehensive global climate change agreement in Copenhagen in December hinges largely on securing the financing needed for mitigation and adaptation to help developing countries tackle global warming, as well as financial help for them to acquire “green” technology.

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WMO's World Climate News Focuses on a Global Framework for Climate Services [viewed]

© WMO24 July 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released the June edition of its newsletter titled “World Climate News,” which focuses on a Global Framework for Climate Services, the major expected outcome of the third World Climate Conference (WCC-3). WMP is organizing WCC-3, which will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 31 August-4 September 2009.

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UN Secretary-General Stresses Role of Private Sector in Combating Climate Change at Global Compact's Board Meeting [viewed]

© UN24 July 2009: In a message delivered to UN Global Compact Board members meeting in New York, US, by his Deputy Chef de Cabinet, Kim Won-soo, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that the Compact makes “a critical contribution to advancing the UN agenda,” in particular in tackling climate change.

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UN Secretary-General Focuses on Climate Change in China [viewed]

24 July 2009: The UN Secretary-General made a two-day official visit to China, during which he focused on climate change. In the morning of 24 July 2009, he participated in the launch of the “Green Lights” programme, which promotes energy-saving lighting that could cut China's energy consumption by 8%. He stated that China's approach to climate change can demonstrate to the world that the country is ready to take up a global leadership role in the 21st century.

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