Meeting

WTO Public Forum Addresses Climate-Trade Interface [viewed]

WTO OMC 26 September 2008: Pascal Lamy, World Trade Organization

(WTO) Director-General, addressed the 2008 WTO Public Forum highlighting that

trade in “environmental goods and services, in particular in climate-friendly

technology, can make vital pollution prevention and reduction equipment more

accessible to countries in need; thereby easing the climate crisis.”

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Third Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board [viewed]

24 September 2008: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) held its

third meeting from 15-18 September 2008, at the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany. The

Board discussed several issues pending from its first and second meetings. Work

was concluded on draft Rules of Procedure of the AFB, draft Roles and

Responsibilities of the Board, and draft Strategic Priorities, Policies and

Guidelines.

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Leaders of Suriname and Nauru Call for Help with Adaptation [viewed]

Leaders of Surname and Nauru Call for Help with Adaptation

24 September 2008: Marcus Stephen, President of Nauru, and

Runaldo Ronald Venetiaan, President of Suriname, used their opening statements

at the sixty-third session of the UN

General Assembly (UNGA) to call for assistance in, respectively, adapting to

and mitigating climate change.

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WMO Convenes Expert Meeting on Research Needs for Climate Prediction [viewed]

23 September 2008: The meeting of the World Meteorological

Organization's (WMO) Commission for Climatology Expert Team on Research Needs

for Intraseasonal, Seasonal and Interannual Prediction, including the

Application of these Predictions, took place from 23-26 September 2008, at US

National Weather Service headquarters in Maryland, US.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Global Leadership to Tackle Current Crises [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses a high-level General Assembly meeting on the development needs of Africa: State of Implementation of Various Commitments, Challenges and the Way Forward. 23 September 2008: In his speech to the opening of the

General Debate of the 63rd session of the UN General Assembly, UN Secretary-General

Ban Ki-moon recalled that the global food, energy and financial crises, as well

as the challenge of climate change, demand global solutions.

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UNGA President Stresses the Need for Solidarity [viewed]

Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann, President of the 63rd session of the General Assembly 23 September 2008: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Miguel D'Escoto, opened its annual High-Level debate by stating that the confluence of global interrelated crises, including climate change, high food prices, disasters and financial troubles, highlight the need to overturn the culture of selfishness and shift towards solidarity.

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AEWA MOP-4 Adopts Resolution on Climate Change and Migratory Waterbirds, Conservation Guidelines [viewed]

L-R: Bert Lenten, AEWA Executive Secretary; MOP-4 Chair Tovondriaka Rakotobe, Madagascar; Vice-Chair Abdoulaye N'Diaye, Senegal; Vice-Chair Olivier Biber, Switzerland; and Tim Jones, report writer 20 September 2008: The fourth Meeting of the Parties (MOP)

to the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) took place from 15-19

September 2008, in Antananarivo, Madagascar. With regard to climate change, the

meeting adopted a resolution on climate change and migratory waterbirds, as

well as conservation guidelines on measures needed to help waterbirds adapt to

climate change.

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Africa Commission Conference Examines African Economic Growth in the Context of Climate Change [viewed]

H.E. Raila Odinga, Prime Minister, Kenya, highlighted the relevance of the meeting towards addressing climate change in the context of job creation. 19 September 2008: The Danish Government's Africa Commission

held a thematic conference on employment and economic growth in the context of

climate change in Nairobi, Kenya, on 18 September. The event was the fourth in

a series of five thematic conferences, initiated by the Africa Commission,

convened between June-October 2008, in various African cities.

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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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