Announcement / Statement

World Health Day 2008 Focuses on Climate Change [viewed]

Margaret_chan_bioThe World Health Organization (WHO) celebrated World Health Day on 7 April 2008 under the theme “Protecting health from climate change.” WHO selected this theme in recognition of the diverse threats to global public health security that climate warming poses, including the changing dynamics of infectious diseases outbreaks; the recurrence of natural disasters; and intensification of deforestation, floods and desertification.

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UNESCO Executive Board to Consider UNESCO Strategy for Action on Climate Change [viewed]

Unesco_2The plenary sessions of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Board will convene from 7-9 and 16-17 April 2008.

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Indian Climate Scientist Wins Top UN Meteorological Prize [viewed]

WmoThe World Meteorological Organization (WMO) awarded Jagadish Shukla, President of the Institute of Global of Environment and Society and Professor of Earth Sciences and Global Change, and Chairman of Climate Dynamics at George Mason University, the 52nd International Meteorological Organization (IMO) Prize.

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Associate Administrator Identifies Poverty-Energy and Climate Issues as a Defining Element for UNDP's Profile [viewed]

Ad Melkert, the UN Development Programme's Associate Administrator, identified connecting poverty-energy and climate issues as one of eight defining elements for UNDP's profile.

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IPCC Chair Pachauri Discusses Climate Change and Security [viewed]

PachauriBefore his speech to the European Parliament on climate change and global security, Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said during an interview that, the many looming security threats related to climate change include conflicts over water and changes in agricultural demands as weather changes and extreme events force mass movements of people.

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WMO Celebrates World Meteorological Day [viewed]

World_meteorological_organizationIn commemoration of the entry into force of the World Meterological Organization (WMO) Convention, which created the WMO on 23 March 1950, the WMO and the meteorological community celebrated World Meteorological Day on 25 March 2008.

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UNCCD Executive Secretary Emphasizes Drought Preparedness and Management Along with Drought Monitoring and Early Warning Systems [viewed]

Luc_gnacadjaIn his statement to mark 2008 World Meteorological Day, UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja emphasized the increasing frequency of extreme weather and climate events, including droughts and water scarcity, and highlighted that “Desertification, land degradation and drought are strongly linked to climate change, soil degradation and biodiversity.”

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World Tourism Day Campaign to focus on Climate Change [viewed]

Un_world_tourism_organizationThe UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) announced that World Tourism Day 2008 will focus on Tourism's response to the challenges of climate change. It will be a yearlong campaign that will focus on increasing awareness of the Davos Declaration Process and encouraging its implementation by all stakeholders at a global level.

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UN and World Council of Churches to Cooperate on Climate Change [viewed]

The World Council of Churches says it has reached an agreement with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon for the two international organizations to work more closely on several global issues, particularly climate change.

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Bush, Ban Talk Climate Change [viewed]

Bush_and_banUN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged US President George W.

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