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Economics of Adaptation to Climate Change
Handbook on Essential Use Nominations
Marine Menace: Alien Invasive Species in the Marine Environment
Monitoring Functional Groups of Herbivorous Reef Fishes as Indicators of Coral Reef Resilience: A Practical Guide for Coral Reef Managers in the Asia Pacific Region
Resilience Assessment of Coral Reefs: Rapid Assessment Protocol for Coral Reefs, Focusing on Coral Bleaching and Thermal Stress
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Latest News - Friday, 9 October 2009
Bangkok, 9 October—The first part of the seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (AWG-LCA 7) and the first part of the ninth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 9) convened from 28 September-9 October 2009, in Bangkok, Thailand. The AWG-LCA made progress with consolidating and streamlining the negotiating text under consideration by the relevant contact groups. AWG-KP 9 focused on the aggregate scale of Annex I parties’ emission reductions in the post-2012 period and the contribution of Annex I parties to this scale, and issues related to means to reach emission reduction targets, relevant methodological issues and potential consequences, as well as rules and modalities of possible improvements. While many characterized the discussions as interesting, little progress had been reported by the end of the first week. More.
Photo: UNIC Bangkok’s Seal the Deal Presentation. L-R: Neera Thavornvanit, ISB, and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer.
Buenos Aires, 3 October—The ninth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 9) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), which convened in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 21 September-2 October 2009, was the first COP following the adoption in 2007 of the ten-year strategic plan and framework for the implementation of the Convention (2008-2018), and participants discussed numerous agenda items related to it. The COP approved 36 decisions before the final gavel came down at 7:50 am on Saturday, 3 October, including decisions regarding: the identification of impact indicators; a budget that includes a small increase in funding; enabling the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention to become a standing subsidiary body of the COP; and support for the long-discussed regional coordination mechanisms. The agenda item on the relationship between the Global Mechanism and Secretariat, however, ended with a decision that largely left resolution on this issue to a future COP. More.
Geneva, 26 September—The 70th session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management (CHLM) convened in Geneva, Switzerland, from 23-25 September 2009. The meeting was opened by a one-day seminar on climate neutral cities. During the remaining two days, the CHLM discussed, among other issues,the work of the CHLM Bureau, the report of the Housing and Urban Management Advisory Network, outcomes of the seminar on climate neutral cities, building and construction safety, and cross-sectoral activities. More.
Lima, 26 September—The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) held a consultation in Lima, Peru, on 24-25 September 2009, as part of a regional initiative on “Biodiversity and Ecosystems: Why these are Important for Sustained Growth and Equity in Latin America and the Caribbean.” More.
Other News
Secretary-General highlights potential of ICT to mitigate climate change
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNESCO General Conference convenes
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP and UNDP co-host governors’ global climate summit
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP announces new Climate Neutral Network members
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Trade, Finance & Investment
WTO public forum addresses conflict and coherence among climate-change policies and trade rules
GEF, UNEP and partners launch renewable energy project insurance scheme
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South-South cooperation on halons
G-20 Summit makes little progress on financing for developing countries
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Pan-European biodiversity conference focuses on ecosystem services, climate change impacts
EU countries reject bluefin tuna listing proposal
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Human Development
UNDP’s Human Development Report examines migration
World Habitat Day focuses on “planning our urban future”
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Stockholm Convention launches small grant programme
UNDP convenes training to combat environmental crime in West Africa
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UNFF informal consultations result in agreement on means of implementation
Heads of State pledge to take action on REDD
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World's largest marine protected areas linked in conservation partnership
IMO celebrates World Maritime Day 2009
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
High-Level Forum: How to Feed the World in 2050: 12-13 October 2009. Rome, Italy.
UNFCCC Technical Workshop on Advancing the Integration of Approaches to Adaptation Planning: 12-14 October 2009. Bangkok, Thailand.
Fifth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants: 12-16 October 2009. Geneva, Switzerland.
13th World Forestry Congress: 18-23 October 2009. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
CGRFA-12: 19-23 October 2009. Rome, Italy.
Open-Ended Working Group on Mercury: 19-23 October 2009. Bangkok, Thailand.
UNEP FI 2009 Global Roundtable: 22-23 October 2009. Cape Town, South Africa.
High-Level Conference on Climate Change: Technology Development and Transfer: 22-23 October 2009. New Delhi, India.

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