Announcement / Statement

UNEP Children's Art Exhibit Focuses on Climate Change [viewed]

Paint for the Planet 7 October 2008: The website for ‘Paint for the Planet,'

which features climate change-themed paintings from the UN Environment

Programme's (UNEP) International Children's Painting Competition, was launched

on 7 October 2008.

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Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stresses that Climate Change Increases Frequency of Disasters [viewed]

John Holmes, Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator

7 October 2008: On the eve of International Day for Disaster

Reduction, during a news conference in New York, US, UN Under-Secretary-General

for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes

underlined the cost-effectiveness of reinforcing hospitals to make them safe

from disasters. He explained that the Day aims to raise awareness of the

inter-connection between disaster reduction and climate change prevention,

mitigation and preparedness.

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UN Secretary-General: Climate Change is the “Defining Challenge of Our Era” [viewed]

7 October 2008: In a press conference at the UN Headquarters

in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon characterized climate change

as the “defining challenge of our era,” and warned that the fight against this

challenge risks being “obscured by shorter-term problems, and in particular the

deepening financial crisis.” He expressed the hope that the climate

negotiations scheduled to take place in December 2008 in Poznan, Poland, will

result in increased cooperation and agreement on a timeframe of work, as well

as “a strong willingness” by developed and developing countries to lead on this

issue.

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CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin Issue 7 Released [viewed]

CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin Issue No. 7

8 October 2008: IISD Reporting Services is pleased to

announce that the newest issue of CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin is now available. To

access the eighth issue directly, click here. To read past

issues and to sign up to receive the Bulletin, click here.

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UN Secretary-General: Climate Change Increases Urgency to Implement Hyogo Framework [viewed]

Ban Ki-Moon. The Secretary-General of United Nations Message on the International Day for Disaster Reduction 8 October 2008: On the occasion of the International Day for

Disaster Reduction, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted the greater

incidence of disasters in 2008 and called for increased action to “turn

commitments on paper into deeds” and implement the 2005 Hyogo Framework for

Action.

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UNCCD Executive Secretary Calls for Global Partnership Towards Effective Disaster Reduction [viewed]

UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja 8 October 2008: In a statement to mark the International Day

of Disaster Reduction, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja highlighted that action on climate change

mitigation and adaptation must consider managing risks to drought in a global

coordinated approach, and said the Hyogo Framework for action is a platform to

achieve these considerations.

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UN Officials Mark World Habitat Day Urging that Urbanization Should Not Come at Expense of Environment [viewed]

Urbanization must not come at expense of environment, say UN officials 6 October 2008: Top UN officials marked World Habitat Day by

drawing attention to the need to raise awareness of the problems of rapid

urbanization, its impact on the environment and the challenges of rising urban

poverty. The UN has designated the first Monday in October each year as World

Habitat Day, to reflect on the state of towns and cities and the basic right to

adequate shelter for all. This year, Luanda, Angola, led the observance of the

celebration, which focused on the theme “Harmonious Cities.”

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World Bank Highlights Increased Funding for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects [viewed]

2 October 2008: The World Bank has announced an 87% increase in funding for renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) projects and programmes in developing countries in the past fiscal year.

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Winners of the 2008 Equator Prize Announced: Special Recognition for Community Approaches in Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

Equator Initiative selects winners for global biodiversity conservation Prize

1 October 2008: The UN-backed Equator Initiative has

announced the 25 winners of the Equator Prize 2008, which recognizes

exceptional leadership in slashing poverty through conservation and sustainable

biodiversity efforts.

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Global Forum for Sport and Environment Focuses on Climate Change [viewed]

Global Forum for Sport and Environment (G-ForSE) October 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), with the

Global Sports Alliance of Japan and Volvo, hosted the 2008 Global Forum for

Sport and Environment in Alicante, Spain, from 4-6 October 2008.

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