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IPCC Chair Pachauri Addresses the Costs of Mitigation Actions [viewed]

8 September 2008: In an editorial published in The

Australian, Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate

Change (IPCC), highlighted that, according to the IPCC's Fourth Assessment

Report, costs of mitigation actions are not high. “In fact, one of the

scenarios assessed, which would stabilise average temperature increase in the

world to between 2C to 2.4C, would cost the world no more than 3 per cent of

the global GDP in 2030,” he writes.

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IPCC Session Concludes [viewed]

Twenty-Ninth Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Twentieth Anniversary of the IPCC 4 September 2008: The 29th session of the Intergovernmental

Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) convened from 31 August to 4 September 2008, in

Geneva, Switzerland, and was attended by more than 300 participants. During the

meeting, which commemorated the IPCC's 20th anniversary, the Panel elected the

new IPCC Bureau and the Bureau of the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas

Inventories (TFB), and reelected Rajendra Pachauri as the IPCC Chair.

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Rajendra Pachauri Re-elected as IPCC Chair [viewed]

Rajendra Pachauri, IPCC Chair 2 September 2008: During the 29th plenary session of

the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), being held in Geneva,

Switzerland, from 31 August to 4 September 2008, Rajendra Pachauri, the IPCC

Chairman, was re-elected by acclamation.

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UNEP Executive Director Addresses IPCC [viewed]

31 August 2008: Achim Steiner, UN Environment Programme

(UNEP) Executive Director and UN Under-Secretary General, spoke to the

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on 31 August 2008.

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IPCC Celebrates Twentieth Anniversary [viewed]

20th Anniversary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 31 August 2008: The celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and its twenty-ninth

plenary Session are convening in Geneva, Switzerland, until 4 September 2008.

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UNEP: World Glaciers Need Better Monitoring [viewed]

Global Glaciers Changes: facts and figures The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the

World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) launched a new facts and figures report

on glaciers and ice caps during a side event on 1 September 2008, in Geneva,

Switzerland, during the 29th plenary session of the Intergovernmental

Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). “Global Glacier Changes: Facts and Figures”

presents recent fluctuations of glaciers and ice caps and underlines an overall

trend of glaciers' retreat. Wilfried Haeberli, Director of WGMS, noted that

glaciers are unique demonstration objects of global climate change.

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UNGA President Kerim Discusses Climate Change in the Republic of Korea [viewed]

General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim 26 August 2008: Climate change was among the topics

discussed in official talks between Han Seung-soo, Prime Minister of the

Republic of Korea, and Srgjan Kerim, President of the UN General Assembly

(UNGA), on 25 August 2008.

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IPCC Produces Introduction to the IPCC 2006 Guidelines [viewed]

IPCC 2006 Guidelines 21 August 2008: The IPCC National Greenhouse Gas Inventory

Programme (NGGIP) has produced a short introduction to the IPCC 2006

Guidelines, entitled “Primer.” This Primer is suitable for users of the 1996

guidelines who wish to understand the changes in the new 2006 Guidelines and to

start using them, and for those who are compiling inventories for the first time.

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UN to Assist in Establishment of Inter-Agency Climate Change Centre for Pacific Countries [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 19 August 2008: In a message delivered by Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, to the Pacific Islands Forum summit meeting, which is taking place until 21 August 2008 in Alofi, Niue, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the creation of an Inter-Agency Climate Change Centre for coordinated UN support to Pacific Island Countries and regional organizations, in partnership with the Government of Samoa.

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Draft General Assembly Resolution on Threats to Climate Change to International Peace and Security to be Discussed [viewed]

12 August 2008: The Permanent Missions of Pacific Small Island

Developing States (PSIDS) and co-sponsoring States are convening a discussion

on a draft UN General Assembly resolution on the threat of climate change to

international peace and security resolution on 15 August 2008, at UN

Headquarters in New York, US.

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