Meeting

Event: 11th Annual BIOECON Conference on Economic Instruments to Enhance the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity [viewed]

This Conference, hosted by Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei in association with Conservation International, DEFRA, Department of Land Economy of Cambridge University and the European Investment Bank (EIB), is focused on identifying the most effective and efficient instruments for biodiversity conservation. Among other issues it will address the demand for climate mitigation services, such as the protection of forests and wetlands to absorb carbon dioxide.  

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UN Secretary-General Addresses Opening of UN/ISDR Office and Education and Training Institute [viewed]

© UN11 August 2009: Speaking in Incheon, Republic of Korea, at the opening of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) office and the UN/ISDR Education and Training Institute for Urban Risk Reduction, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that “climate risk is adding a new dimension to disaster risk” and that rapid urban growth is increasing vulnerability.

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UN Secretary-General at Global Environment Forum Calls for Thinking ‘Outside-the-Box' [viewed]

11 August 2009: In his remarks to the Global Environment Forum in Incheon, Republic of Korea, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that some 80% of the Republic of Korea's US$38 billion national stimulus package is dedicated to green growth, and nearly a million green jobs will be created in the coming four years.

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Event: Greening the Global Economy through Sustainable Tourism [viewed]

This meeting is being convened by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the European Travel Commission. The meeting will work towards raising the profile of the tourism sector as a key strategic element of global resilience and recovery, to show how tourism can play a leading role in the development of a sustainable global economy.  

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UN Secretary-General to World Federation of UN Associations Plenary Assembly: Copenhagen is a “Once-in-a-Generation Chance” [viewed]

© UN10 August 2009: Speaking in Seoul, Republic of Korea, at the 39th World Federation of UN Associations Plenary Assembly, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that climate change is “the greatest collective challenge we face as a human family.”

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Students to Apply Comprehensive Solutions to Global Challenges [viewed]

5 August 2009: In a video message to the First Global Model UN Conference, taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 5-7 August 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said students must play their part in applying comprehensive solutions to interconnected global challenges, including poverty, hunger, climate change and conflict.

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Pacific Islands Forum Concludes with Call to Action on Climate Change [viewed]

© Pacific Islands Forum 6 August 2009: The 40th Pacific Islands Forum convened in Cairns, Australia, from 5-6 August 2009, and concluded with a call by Pacific leaders to action on climate change.

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IDB Organizes Regional Policy Dialogue on National and Sectoral Strategies and Programmes for Climate Change [viewed]

© IDB5 August 2009: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) organized a meeting of the network on Sustainable Energy, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management to discuss national and sectoral climate change strategies.

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UNEP Works with Two Nairobi Festivals on Climate Change [viewed]

© UNEP31 July 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) was involved in two festivals in Nairobi, Kenya, namely the Storymoja Hay Festival, held from 31 July-1 August, and Kenya's first green music festival, held on 2 August, that considered climate change.

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Event: Technical Workshop on Advancing the Integration of Approaches to Adaptation Planning [viewed]

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the

Pacific (UNESCAP), in collaboration with the Government of Thailand, is hosting a

technical workshop for experts, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations to exchange information on integrating and expanding adaptation planning. The workshop will be held under the Nairobi Work Programme.  

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