UN Intergovernmental Body

UNGA Second Committee Considers Human Settlements and Climate Change [viewed]

UN-HABITAT Chief, in Second Committee, cites ‘Rapid and Chaotic' Urbanization, Shortage of Affordable Housing as Causes of Global Financial Crisis 28 October 2008: The Second Committee on Economic and Financial issues, of the 63rd UN General Assembly (UNGA), considered the report of the Secretary-General on the Implementation of the Outcome of the UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) and strengthening of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) (document A/63/291).

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UN Second Committee Considers Report of the UNFCCC Executive Secretary [viewed]

UN General Assembly 27 October 2008: The Second Committee of the UN General

Assembly considered, on 27 October 2008, the Secretary-General's note on

Implementation of UN environmental conventions, transmitting the report

submitted by the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, and the report of the

Secretary-General on implementation of the UN Convention to Combat

Desertification (UNCCD) and the outcome of the observance of the International

Year of Deserts and Desertification (Document A/63/294).

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UN Fourth Committee Underscores the Value of Shared Space Technologies as a Disaster Management Tool [viewed]

15 October 2008: The UN Fourth Committee (Special Political

and Decolonization) concluded its general debate on international cooperation

in the peaceful uses of outer space with a broad agreement on the value of

shared space technologies as a tool for sustainable development and disaster

management.

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UN Fourth Committee: Space Technologies Indispensable to Tackle Challenges of Climate Change [viewed]

14 October 2008: During the debate on international

cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space by the Fourth Committee (Special

Political and Decolonization) of the 63rd General Assembly, Ciro Arévalo Yepes,

Chairman of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, underscored the

role space technology could play in addressing climate change, food security

and health.

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DSD/DESA Organizes Expert Group Meeting on Climate Change and Indicators [viewed]

8 October 2008: The Division for Sustainable Development of

the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DSD/DESA) is organizing an

expert group meeting on “Climate Change and Sustainable Development: The Role

of Indicators.”

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UN Deputy Secretary-General Warns Against Delaying Action on Climate Change [viewed]

6 October 2008: In her remarks to the Second Committee of

the General Assembly, taking place in New York, US, UN Deputy Secretary-General

Asha-Rose Migiro underlined that Africa is the region that faces the greatest

challenges, in particular in the context of climate change and the food and oil

crises.

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DSD/UNDESA and China to Co-Host Climate Change Technology Conference in Beijing [viewed]

6 October 2008: The Division for Sustainable Development (DSD), UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), and the

Government of China have announced the "Beijing High-Level Conference on Climate Change: Technology Development and Technology Transfer," which will take place on 7-8 November 2008. This invitation-only Conference will focus on four main areas: the current status and development potential of energy, and other climate-related technologies; the current status and trends in technology transfer; barriers to technology transfer; and policy options and possible new mechanisms to enhance international cooperation and technology transfer to developing countries under the UNFCCC.

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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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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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UNDESA Policy Brief Highlights Role for a Global Disaster Mechanism [viewed]

September 2008: The UN Department of Economic and Social

Affairs has prepared a policy brief on “An integrated approach needed for the

growing threat of climate-related insecurity.”

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