Meeting

UN Private Sector Forum Discusses Business Action in Achieving the MDGs and Food Sustainability [viewed]

Former United States President Bill Clinton and World Bank President Robert Zoellick.

24 September 2008: The first UN Private Sector Forum on the

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Food Sustainability convened on the

side of the opening of the UN General Assembly, to further business commitment

towards the MDGs and serve as platform to articulate business perspectives on

actions needed for their achievement.

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G-77 Chair: Climate Change Negotiations will be “a Tough Battle” [viewed]

Group of 77

26 September 2008: Speaking at the thirty-second meeting of

the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Group of 77 (G-77), Baldwin Spencer,

Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Antigua and Barbuda and Chair

of the G-77, welcomed the Group's continued efforts to strengthen its

solidarity and unity in advancing its development agenda. Referring to the

recent debates on climate change, he warned that the position of developed

countries with respect to development cooperation does not bode well, noting

that it will be “a tough battle.”

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UNDP Administrator: Climate Change is Becoming “Another Threatening Source of Inequality” [viewed]

Statement by Kemal Derviş. Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme 26 September 2008: In his address to the thirty-second

meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Group of 77, Kemal Derviş,

Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), outlined the development

challenges and opportunities created by the current global economic

environment, and the role of the UN and UNDP's own support to programme

countries.

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CBD Launches Online Discussion on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

CBD Launches Online Discussion on Biodiversity and Climate Change 26 September 2008: In preparation for the first meeting of

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

to be held from 17-21 November 2008, in London, UK, the Secretariat of the

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is launching an internet-based

discussion group at: http://www.cbd.int/climate/forums/public/.

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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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