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FAO Focuses on “Food Security in Times of Crisis” to Mark World Food Day [viewed]

© FAO16 October 2009: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) observed annual World Food Day, celebrated on 16 October, with events around the world focusing on the theme of “achieving food security in times of crisis.”

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African Parliamentarians Meet at UNEP Headquarters to Address Climate Change [viewed]

13 October 2009: An African Parliamentarians Summit, entitled “Climate Change: One Africa, One Voice, One Position,” convened from 13-14 October 2009, at the headquarters of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, Kenya.

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UN Ambassador Calls for Recognizing Large Mammals' Role in Forests in Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

© UN13 October 2009: Large mammals, such as gorillas and elephants, are keystone species in African rainforests and should be included in the upcoming climate change negotiations in Copenhagen, according to UN Ambassador for the Year of the Gorilla Ian Redmond.

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FAO High-Level Forum Highlights Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture [viewed]

© FAO13 October 2009: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) convened a two-day high-level forum on “How to Feed the World in 2050,” from 12-13 October 2009, at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.

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UNDP Launches Water Governance Programme for Arab States [viewed]

12 October 2009: The Regional Bureau for Arab States of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), jointly with the League of Arab States, organized a High-level Partners Meeting on Water Governance in Cairo, Egypt, from 12-13 October 2009.

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African Leaders Define a Green Pact for Africa at Forum on Sustainable Development [viewed]

© World Forum on Sustainable Development11 October 2009: The World Forum on Sustainable Development, which convened from 9-11 October 2009, in Ouagadougou, under the theme “Climate Change: What Opportunities for Sustainable Development?” was organized by the Government of Burkina Faso in partnership with the UN, including the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the African Union (AU).

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Guest Article #23: Climate information and services for decision-making [viewed]

Convened in Geneva from 31 August to 4 September 2009 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and its international partners, the World Climate Conference-3 (WCC-3) has initiated the process to establish a Global Framework for Climate Services, to ensure that climate information and predictions are made available to decision-makers and to all sectors enduring the increasing impacts of climate variability and change. This historic decision was unanimously adopted at the opening of the WCC-3 High-level Segment, which followed three days of intense deliberations by multidisciplinary international experts. Present on the occasion were the Presidents and Heads of State of 12 countries and close to 80 Ministers, as well as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and 12 Executive Heads of UN Agencies and Programmes.

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ICAO Member States Approve Declaration Pledging Commitment to Tackle Airline Industry Emissions [viewed]

© ICAO9 October 2009: Member States of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which represent 93 percent of commercial air traffic globally, have approved a Declaration affirming their commitment to work through ICAO to reduce industry emissions contributing to climate change.

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UNIDO Co-organizes Global Renewable Energy Forum 2009 [viewed]

© ENB9 October 2009: From 7-9 October 2009, the Global Renewable Energy Forum 2009, co-organized by the Ministry of Energy of Mexico and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), brought together over 2000 participants from over 73 countries, including 30 ministers and high-level representatives, to discuss “Scaling up Renewable Energy.”

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UNWTO Assembly Endorses Roadmap for Recovery [viewed]

© UNWTO8 October 2009: The 18th session of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly convened in Astana, Kazakhstan, from 5-8 October 2009.

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