Meeting

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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WMO Organizes European Meeting on Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

European countries seek to reduce disasters through closer interaction between hydrometeorological services and disaster risk management 9 October 2008: European countries met from 9-10 October

2008, in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, to discuss practical ways to reduce the

impacts of natural hazards through strengthened collaboration among the World

Meteorological Organization's (WMO) National Meteorological and Hydrological

Services and disaster risk management institutions.

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UNU Hosts Environmental Refugee Conference [viewed]

UN premises at Langer Eugen Bonn 9 October 2008: The UN University (UNU) is hosting the

International Conference on Environment, Forced Migration and Social

Vulnerability, which is taking place in Bonn, Germany, from 9-11 October 2008.

The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), UN Environment Programme

(UNEP), and International Organization for Migration (IOM) are among the

Conference's organizing partners. Participants have been asked to capture the

current state of research and debate on the issue, and to conclude with

recommendations for moving forward.

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DSD/DESA Organizes Expert Group Meeting on Climate Change and Indicators [viewed]

8 October 2008: The Division for Sustainable Development of

the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DSD/DESA) is organizing an

expert group meeting on “Climate Change and Sustainable Development: The Role

of Indicators.”

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WHO: Experts Develop Research Agenda on Climate and Human Health [viewed]

8 October 2008: Climate change and human health experts

discussed health risks from climate change at a meeting in Madrid, Spain, from

6-8 October 2008, and agreed on a research agenda for the topic.

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ICAO Council President Outlines Efforts Develop a Programme of Action on International Aviation and Climate Change [viewed]

ICAO Council President's address 6 October 2008: Roberto Kobeh González, President of the

Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), emphasized

issues such as safety, security, airspace management, airport congestion, and

climate change in his address to the 61st Annual Meeting and Convention of the

National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) on 6 October 2008, in Orlando,

Florida.

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WMO Secretary-General Addresses Gambia Climate Change Forum [viewed]

WMO Statement at the Gambia Climate Change Forum 7 October 2008: Addressing the Gambia Climate Change Forum,

taking place in Kololi, the Gambia, from 6-7 October 2008, the

Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Michel

Jarraud, stated that the potential impacts of climate variability and change on

water resources demand special attention, particularly in Africa.

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EU-LAC Forum addresses bi-regional cooperation on climate change [viewed]

The EU, Latin America and the Caribbean: Confronting the challenges of globalisation in a post-Lima Summit partnership 6 October 2008: A bi-regional EU-Latin America and the Caribbean (EU-LAC) forum convened in Paris, France, on 6 October 2008, to address the challenges of globalization and its effect on the economy, social cohesion and the environment. Pamela Cox, World Bank Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean, addressed the forum, highlighting that some countries in Latin America and its citizens “and particularly the extreme poor, are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.”

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees Stresses Link Between Climate Change and Forced Displacements [viewed]

High Commissioner António Guterres opens the 59th annual meeting of UNHCR's governing Executive Committee 6 October 2008: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

António Guterres told the opening session of his agency's governing Executive

Committee, which met in Geneva, Switzerland, from 2-6 October 2006, that

climate change, extreme poverty and conflict are increasingly inter-related,

leading to a surge in forced displacement rising and demands on the UNHCR.

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