Meeting

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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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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