Announcement / Statement

US$380 Million Pledged to Central Emergency Relief Fund [viewed]

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5 December 2008: The UN has announced that approximately US$380 million has been pledged

to the voluntarily-funded Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF). The CERF was

set up in 2006 to speed relief for natural and man-made disasters.

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UN Officials Underscore the Importance of 2009 for Climate [viewed]

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4 December 2008: In a news conference held at UN Headquarters in New York US, Robert Orr, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Strategic Planning in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General, stated that 2009 will be a critical year for action on climate change. Also addressing the press conference, Janos Pasztor, Director of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team, stressed that the Poznan meeting should lay out a “shared vision” that addresses what countries are willing to undertake in terms of long-term cooperation on climate change.

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CGIAR Approves Climate Change Challenge Programme, Seeks Host Institution [viewed]

December

2008: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is

looking for an institution to host the secretariat of its recently approved

Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Challenge Programme (CCCP). The

CCCP is a collaborative endeavor between CGIAR and partners, and the Earth

System Science Partnership (ESSP). It is aimed at overcoming the additional

threats posed by a changing climate to achieving food security, enhancing

livelihoods and improving environmental management in the developing world.

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FAO Calls for Stronger Involvement of Farming and Forest Communities in Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

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4 December 2008: Farmers and forest users should become more strongly involved in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in order to unlock the potential of agriculture and forestry for climate change mitigation, said Alexander Müller, Assistant Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in Rome, Italy.

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Inter-Agency Standing Committee Calls For Efforts to Reduce Climate-Induced Disaster Risks [viewed]

3 December 2008: The Inter-Agency Standing Committee, comprising nearly 20 UN agencies and aid organizations, appealed for increased global action to boost preparedness for effective response to disasters brought on by climate change.

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OCHA Launches Humanitarian Impact of Climate Change Campaign [viewed]

A boy whose house was destroyed by Cyclone Nargis that hit Myanmar in May 2008 watches an approaching storm. [Photo: UNICEF/Adam Dean] 2 December 2008: The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the humanitarian implications of climate change.

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OHCHR Calls for a Human Rights Approach to Tackling Climate Change [viewed]

A human rights approach to tackling climate change

December 2008: As the world celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 2008, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has stressed that a wide range of universally recognized rights – such as the right to food, to adequate housing and water, and to life – are under threat due to climate change. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has called on the Poznań Climate Change Conference to take into account the human rights impacts of climate change, and to protect the most vulnerable people.

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IAEA Calls for Increased Investment in Climate-Resilient Plant Breeding Technique [viewed]

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) 2 December 2008: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has called for increased investment in a plant breeding technique that uses radiation to produce improved high-yielding plants that adapt to harsh climate conditions and that could therefore contribute to the fight against hunger.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Announces Winners of CDM Photo Contest [viewed]

 UNFCCC/CDM International Photo Contest 2008 1 December 2008: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced the winners of the “changing lives” photo contest, which was launched on 17 October to raise awareness of the clean development mechanism (CDM).

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WMO International Polar Day to Focus on Research above the Polar Regions [viewed]

International Polar Day - Above The Poles

December 2008: The seventh quarterly International Polar Day, focusing on research above the Polar Regions, will be marked on 4 December 2008. The Day will include polar meteorology, atmospheric sciences, astronomy, and polar observations from space.

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