Announcement / Statement

FAO Leads Celebrations on World Food Day [viewed]

FAO Director-General confers World Food Day Medal on H.E. Suzanne Mubarak 16 October 2008: World Food Day 2008 (WFD), which was celebrated on 16 October, was marked by events around the world addressing the theme “World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy.” The main ceremony was held at UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy, including a statement by FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf (see related story), a message from Pope Benedict XVI, and a keynote speech by Egypt's First Lady Suzanne Mubarak.

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On World Food Day, CBD's Executive Secretary Addresses the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy [viewed]

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), 15 October 2008: In his message on the occasion of World Food Day, celebrated on 16 October 2008, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), stressed that “biodiversity, the foundation of all crops and domesticated livestock and the variety within them, is the basis for providing stability to agriculture.”

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Urgent Multilateral Action [viewed]

13 October 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called

for “deep and systemic” reforms based on inclusive multilateralism for a global

financial system that can better meet the challenges of the 21st century.

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UN Secretary-General: Climate Change Spares No One [viewed]

10 October 2008: In a message for UN Day, to be observed on

24 October 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that the global

threats of the 21st century, including climate change and the spread of disease

and deadly weapons, “spare no one.”

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary: Financial Crisis Could Redirect Investments to Fund “Green” Growth [viewed]

Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change 10 October 2008: In a press conference given in New York, US, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, stated that the current global market crisis could provide an opportunity for the world financial system to reconstruct itself to promote “green” growth.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary and Jeffry Sachs Discuss How to Best Address Climate Change [viewed]

A high-level discussion on the role of the Kyoto Protocol's flexible mechanisms held at Columbia University in New York

9 October 2008: At a special event at Columbia University in

New York, US, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer and economist Jeffrey

Sachs discussed whether a carbon market or carbon taxes are the best way to cut

greenhouse gas emissions.

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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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