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UN Under-Secretary General Urges Turning the Energy Equation Around in Favor of the Poor [viewed]

United Nations Development Programme 18 September 2008: Speaking at the Financial Times-World Energy Council's Energy Leaders Summit, Ad Melkert, UN Under-Secretary General and Associate Administrator of the UN Development Programme, stated that access to affordable and sustainable energy services stands as a roadblock for

millions in Africa, Asia and Central and South America to escape poverty.

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Report on Migrant Birds and Climate Change Launched at AEWA MOP [viewed]

Climate change is a major threat to migratory waterbirds, according to a new report by the British Trust for Ornithology and Wetlands International.

18 September 2008: Climate change is a major threat to

migratory waterbirds and international cooperation is required to reduce the

many pressures they face, according to a new report launched at the fourth

Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the Agreement on the Conservation of

African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA), taking place from 15-19 September

2008, in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

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World Bank Convenes Forest Dialogue, Highlights Links with Combating Climate Change [viewed]

17 September 2008: Forest stakeholders gathered in

Washington, DC, US, on 16-17 September 2008, to agree on a new set of

principles for sustainable forest management (SFM) and its central role in

combating climate change.

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UNGA: Climate Change to be a Priority during 63rd Session [viewed]

New General Assembly President calls for democratization of United Nations 16 September 2008: Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann, a former

foreign minister of Nicaragua and the new President of the UN General Assembly

(UNGA), opened its 63rd session with a call to democratize the UN in order to

deal more effectively with the world's most pressing problems, including the

impact of climate change, widespread hunger and poverty, and unequal access to

water.

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CBD Executive Secretary Underlines Effect of Climate Change on Biodiversity Loss [viewed]

14 September 2008: Speaking at the Sixteenth Environment

Congress for Asia and the Pacific, which took place in Nagoya, Japan, from

13-14 September 2008, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on

Biological Diversity (CBD), underscored the unprecedented rate of biodiversity

loss due to the pressures on the planet's natural functions caused by human

activity.

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UNESCO: International Symposium on the Water-Energy Nexus to Convene [viewed]

September 2008: An International Symposium on ‘Resolving the Water-Energy Nexus' will be held in Paris, France, from 26-28 November 2008. The Symposium will convene within the framework of the UN Educational,

Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) International Hydrological Programme (IHP) in collaboration with UNESCO's Renewable Energy Programme, and will be organized by the non-profit association RED-Ethique.

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CBD to Nominate Experts for Ad hoc Technical Expert Group on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

11 September 2008: Ahmed Djoghlaf, Convention on Biological

Diversity (CBD) Executive Secretary, has announced that the first meeting of

the CBD Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Biodiversity and Climate

Change will convene from 17-21 November 2008, in London, UK.

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Event: Biosafety Protocol COP/MOP 5 [viewed]

The fifth Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is organized by the CBD Secretariat. The meeting is expected to adopt rules and procedures on liability and redress in the context of Article 27 of the Protocol.  

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Third Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board Convenes [viewed]

Adaptation Fund Board Convenes 15 September 2008: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) is

holding its third meeting from 15-18 September 2008, at the United Nations

Campus in Bonn, Germany. At its second meeting in June, the Board adopted a

Work Plan for 2008, Legal Arrangements for the Adaptation Fund (AF)

Secretariat, an outline for Operational Policies and Guidelines for Parties to

Access Resources from the AF, and Roles and Responsibilities of Implementing

and Executing Entities.

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IDB Launches Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard, Invites Comments [viewed]

12 September 2008: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) released a tool known as the “Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard” during the fourth Annual Western Hemisphere Energy Security and Cooperation Forum, held on 9 September 2008, at IDB's headquarters in Washington, DC, US.

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