Publication

UNDP Releases Briefing Papers on the Bali Action Plan Negotiations [viewed]

October 2008: As part of its project to strengthen national

capacity in developing countries to assess climate change policy alternatives,

the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Environment and Energy Group has released a

series of papers on the Bali Action Plan negotiations.

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GEF and UNEP Commission Study on Weather Insurance for Wind Power Farms [viewed]

9 October 2008: Commissioned by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Paris Re and Marsh have produced an index-based weather cover for the wind energy sector. The study analyzes the technical, legal and financial feasibility of implementing weather coverage in Mexico.

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UN/ISDR Releases Proposal to UNFCCC for Follow-Up on Bali Action Plan [viewed]

UN/ISDR Releases Proposal to UNFCCC for Follow-Up on Bali Action Plan October 2008: The UN International Strategy for Disaster

Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released its proposal in response to the Bali Action

Plan's call for enhanced action on adaptation through consideration of disaster

risk reduction strategies, risk management and risk transfer mechanisms.

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Food and Energy Crisis: Time to Rethink Development Policy [viewed]

Food and Energy Crisis: Time to Rethink Development Policy 12 October 2008: This publication summarizes the discussion of the High Level North-South Dialogue on Food Security and Energy Security, which was co-organized by South Centre and the Permanent Mission of Indonesia in Geneva, Switzerland, on 17 June 2008, as part of the ‘South Intellectual Platform.'

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World Resources Report 2008: Roots of Resilience [viewed]

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2008 edition of the World Resources Report argues that properly designed

enterprises can create economic, social, and environmental resilience that

cushion the impacts of climate change, and help provide needed social

stability.

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UN Secretary-General's Annual Report: UN Uniquely Placed to Lead Efforts Against Climate Change [viewed]

UN poised to tackle some of today's most pressing challenges – Ban 7 October 2008: In his second annual report on the work of

the Organization (A/63/1), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon notes the UN's

unique place to lead the response to global threats, in particular: climate

change, counter-terrorism, disarmament and non-proliferation, and global

health.

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CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin Issue 7 Released [viewed]

CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin Issue No. 7

8 October 2008: IISD Reporting Services is pleased to

announce that the newest issue of CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin is now available. To

access the eighth issue directly, click here. To read past

issues and to sign up to receive the Bulletin, click here.

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FAO Calls for Review of Biofuel Policies [viewed]

The State of Food and Agriculture 2008 7 October 2008: The 2008 edition of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) State of the World's Food and Agriculture Report focuses on the prospects, risks and opportunities for biofuels. The report addresses key questions relating to the benefits and impacts of biofuel production and use, including impacts on food security, land and water resources, as well as contributions to greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction and agricultural development.

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UNCTAD Publication: Making Certification Work for Sustainable Development: The Case of Biofuels [viewed]

Making Certification Work for Sustainable Development: The Case of Biofuels 3 October 2008: This UN Conference on Trade and Development publication reviews biofuel certification schemes that are already in place or are being developed, including: benefits and drawbacks of such schemes; implications for developing countries; and possible ramifications of certification in the context of the World Trade Organization.

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IFPRI Publishes Essays on Policy Responses to Food Crisis [viewed]

Policy Responses to Food Crisis October 2008: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFRPI) has published three essays addressing critical questions regarding policy responses to the current food crisis. The essays by Joachim von Braun, IFPRI Director General, Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), and Namanga Ngongi, President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), point to the dangers and pitfalls of misguided policies, but also to the potential opportunities for responding in a way that prevents future crises and ensures food security in the long term. In addition to the most pressing questions of delivering immediate relief to populations affected by hunger and the strategic issues of the long-term stabilization of food production and food markets, the essays also address impacts of current biofuel policies and climate change on agriculture.

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