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ITU Symposia to focus on combating climate change with technology [viewed]

Itu_2The UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will be organizing an International Symposia on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Climate Change, to take place in Kyoto, Japan, from 15-16 April, and in London, UK, from 17-18 June.

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UN Secretary-General Ban Addresses Climate Links with Development: Recent Statements Regarding Climate Change [viewed]

Ban_kimoonIn his 1 April 2008 address to the UN General Assembly's thematic debate on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that “development progress is gravely threatened by the effects of climate change and other major environmental challenges.” He highlighted that changes in our natural environment “can have adverse impacts on economic and social development,” and emphasized developing countries' need for “additional assistance and resources to support their adaptation efforts,” given their limited technological and financial resources.

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Adaptation Fund Board Holds Inaugural Meeting [viewed]

Unfccc_2The Board of the Kyoto Protocol's Adaptation Fund met for the first time from 26-28 March 2008, in Bonn, Germany. The Fund, which was set up under the Kyoto Protocol and approved at the Bali Climate Change Conference in December 2007, will finance adaptation projects that assist developing countries to deal with the impact of climate change.

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Associate Administrator Identifies Poverty-Energy and Climate Issues as a Defining Element for UNDP's Profile [viewed]

Ad Melkert, the UN Development Programme's Associate Administrator, identified connecting poverty-energy and climate issues as one of eight defining elements for UNDP's profile.

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Group Discusses Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions [viewed]

TsunamiThe Third Session of the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (ICG/CARIBE EWS-III) convened in Panama City, Panama, from 12-14 March 2008.

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OPEC and IEA Heads Discuss Energy Consumption and Production [viewed]

International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka and Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Secretary General Abdalla Salem El-Badri met in Paris, France, to, in the words of El-Badri, “share ideas and discuss various aspects of the energy scene with the IEA.

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Climate Change will Aggravate Africa's Food Insecurity and Poverty [viewed]

Josue_dioneCalling for a new business approach to African agriculture, the UN Economic Commission for Africa's (UNECA) Director of Food Security and Sustainable Development, Josue Dione, said in Addis Ababa that climate change would aggravate the continent's food insecurity and poverty. In a paper presented at the international conference on “Science with Africa,” Dione said Africa would experience a 10 percent decrease in rainfall in Southern Africa and the Horn of Africa by 2050.

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Carbon Forum Reviews US Market, UN Negotiations [viewed]

Carbon_forum_americaEmissions trading in the US was the focus of the Carbon Forum America conference and trade show that convened in San Francisco from 26-27 February 2008. The event, which drew 1400 participants and 80 exhibitors, involved conference sessions and side events on such issues as innovation in a global market, renewable energy, low carbon generation technology, carbon capture and sequestration, the agriculture and forestry sectors, legal and accounting issues, and voluntary carbon markets.

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CTI Event Supports Climate-Friendly Technologies in Asia [viewed]

A seminar held in Beijing, China, has focused on the technical and financial aspects of project development to support climate-friendly technologies in Asia.

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IFAD Governing Council Considers Farmers' Challenges in the Context of Climate Change [viewed]

Degradation1The Thirty-first Governing Council Session of the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) focused on challenges and opportunities for smallholder farmers in the context of climate change and new demands on agricultural production, including the rising cost of commodities.

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