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UN Deputy Secretary-General Calls for Giving “Dedicated Attention” to Climate Change [viewed]

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro 14 October 2008: UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose

Migiro presented the Secretary-General's proposal for strengthening the

development pillar of the UN Secretariat to the Fifth Committee of the General

Assembly, which deals with administrative and budgetary matters, Underlining

the importance of concerted international action in addressing development

challenges, she stressed the intensifying effects of climate change, the food

and energy crises, and the global financial turmoil.

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UN Fourth Committee: Space Technologies Indispensable to Tackle Challenges of Climate Change [viewed]

14 October 2008: During the debate on international

cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space by the Fourth Committee (Special

Political and Decolonization) of the 63rd General Assembly, Ciro Arévalo Yepes,

Chairman of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, underscored the

role space technology could play in addressing climate change, food security

and health.

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UNESCO Supports Pacific Island Media Training on Climate Change [viewed]

SPREP 9 October 2008: The Government of Canada, the UN

Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Pacific

Islands News Association are supporting an initiative of the Secretariat of the

Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), to train 14 journalists from

throughout the Pacific region on environmental issues, including climate

change.

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UNESCO and WMO Organize International Conference on Water Resources and Climate Change in the MENA Region [viewed]

Water Resources and Climate Change in the MENA Region October 2008: The Ministry of Regional Municipalities and

Water Resources, Sultanate of Oman, and the Regional Centre on Urban Water

Management, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran, in cooperation with the World

Meteorological Organization (WMO), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural

Organization (UNESCO) and other partners, are organizing the International

Conference on Water Resources and Climate Change in the Middle East – North

Africa (MENA) Region, which will take place from 2-4 November 2008, Muscat,

Oman.

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Informal Ministerial Consultations Held in Preparation for COP14 [viewed]

Cop09 14 October 2008: More than 40 environment ministers and

high-level representatives held talks in Warsaw, Poland, from 13-14 October

2008, to prepare for the 14th Conference of the Parties (COP14) to the UNFCCC,

scheduled to take place in December 2008 in Poznań, Poland. During the informal

consultations, which were chaired by Maciej Nowicki, Minister of Environment of

Poland and future COP14 President, participants underscored that Poznań will be

a milestone for the new global climate agreement and agreed that the current

financial crisis should not hinder efforts to tackle climate change.

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OECD Cities and Climate Change Conference Evaluates Role of Cities in Responding to Climate Change [viewed]

Mayors, Ministers call for Joint Action on Climate Change at OECD Conference 10 October 2008: The international Conference on “Competitive Cities and Climate Change,” organized by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), took place from 9-10 October 2008, in Milan, Italy. The event provided the opportunity for mayors from some of the world's most important and influential cities to both address common challenges and share best practices on climate solutions.

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World Bank Group President Addresses Climate Change Challenges at IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings [viewed]

Robert Zoellick, President of the World Bank Group 13 October 2008: The annual meetings of the Boards of

Governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank took place on

13 October 2008, in Washington DC, US. Finance ministers from developing and

industrialized nations attended the event, which was preceded by a meeting of

the International Monetary and Financial Committee and the Development

Committee. Robert Zoellick, President of the World Bank Group, addressed the

meeting, noting the effects of the current financial crisis on energy and climate

change.

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IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings Address World Economic Crisis, Support Efforts to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

69imfc_am_08_large 13 October 2008: The annual meetings of the Boards of

Governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank took place on

11-13 October 2008, in Washington DC, US. Finance ministers from developing and

industrialized nations attended the event, which was preceded by a meeting of

the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) and the Development

Committee. The IMFC and seminars during the week addressed the responses to the

current economic crisis, as well as the challenges posed by higher food and

fuel prices.

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IMO Environment Committee Makes Progress on Emissions Regulations for Ships [viewed]

Major progress on air pollution, ship recycling and ballast water management at IMO environment meeting 13 October 2008: The International Maritime Organization's

(IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) held its 58th session from

6-10 October 2008, in London, UK. The Committee maintained momentum in limiting

or reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships, and made substantive

progress in developing technical and operational measures to address these

emissions.

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UN/ISDR Releases Proposal to UNFCCC for Follow-Up on Bali Action Plan [viewed]

UN/ISDR Releases Proposal to UNFCCC for Follow-Up on Bali Action Plan October 2008: The UN International Strategy for Disaster

Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released its proposal in response to the Bali Action

Plan's call for enhanced action on adaptation through consideration of disaster

risk reduction strategies, risk management and risk transfer mechanisms.

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