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UNFF8 Discusses Role of Forests in Future Climate Change Regime [viewed]

L-R: Jan McAlpine, UNFF Director; Thomas Stelzer, Assistant Secretary-General, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs; and Boen M. Purnama, UNFF8 Chair21 April 2009: Climate change featured heavily on the agenda of the second day of deliberations at the eighth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF8), currently convening at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The central focus of the discussion was the role of forests in a future climate regime.

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IAEA Director General Addresses Prospects of Nuclear Energy in 21st Century [viewed]

© IAEA20 April 2009: In a speech delivered during an international ministerial conference on nuclear energy in the 21st century, which took place in Beijing, China, from 20-22 April 2009, Mohamed ElBaradei, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), discussed the future of nuclear energy and the role of the IAEA.

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Deputy Secretary-General Links Gender, Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change [viewed]

© UN20 April 2009: In a statement delivered to the International Conference on Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction, UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro highlighted links between the issues of gender, disaster risk reduction, climate change and poverty reduction. The Conference, which was organized by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat (UN/ISDR), convened from 20-22 April 2009, in Beijing, China.

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UNEP Executive Director Discusses Global Green Economy [viewed]

© UNEP20 April 2009: Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), discussed the Green Economy in a speech delivered at a university in Tel Aviv, Israel. He addressed the way technological opportunities in resource efficient, low carbon and environmentally-friendly products and processes move from ideas onto commercialization, noting the power of the market as arbiter of what society wants and needs. He stressed the role of government in “shaping and focusing markets” to deliver benefits and long-term goals.

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UNDP to Launch Knowledge Platform to Promote Capacity Development for Policy Makers to Address Climate Change [viewed]

April 2009: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) will launch, at the end of April 2009, the Climate Community (UNDPCC), a knowledge platform to promote capacity development of policy makers working directly with activities related to climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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UN/ISDR to Explore Gender Aspect of Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

© UN/ISDR17 April 2009: The International Conference on Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction, opening on 20 April 2009, in Beijing, China, will explore how women and men can participate equally in driving early warning systems, risk assessments, preparedness exercises and national and local plans to implement disaster risk reduction policies. According to the UN unit on risk reduction, men and women need to work together as equal partners to protect their communities against disasters, particularly as climate change increases the frequency and intensity of storms, floods and cyclones.

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GCOS Releases Progress Report 2004-2008 [viewed]

© GCOSApril 2009: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Secretariat submitted the Progress Report on the Implementation of the GCOS in Support of the UNFCCC 2004-2008 to the UNFCCC Secretariat on 8 April 2009, in response to a request of the UNFCCC's Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) at its 23rd session held in 2005.

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UNESCO's Executive Board to Discuss Strategy for Action on Climate Change [viewed]

© UNESCO15 April 2009: The Executive Board of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is holding its 181th session from 14-30 April 2009, in Paris, France. During the meeting, participants will consider approving the report by the Director-General on a detailed plan of action for the UNESCO Strategy for Action on Climate Change for 2009 and 2010-2011 (181 EX/15).

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UNEP Announces Business for the Environment Global Summit to Discuss Green Solutions [viewed]

© UNEP15 April 2009: The Business for the Environment Global Summit will convene in Paris, France, from 22-23 April 2009, to discuss ways of powering green growth around the globe. Over 700 leaders from business, civil society, international organizations and government are expected to attend.

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UNEP Announces World Environment Day [viewed]

© UNEP13 April 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced that North American celebrations for World Environment Day, observed annually on 5 June, will be hosted in Omaha, Nebraska. Mexico City, the capital of Mexico, will serve as the international host city for this year's World Environment Day, whose theme is “Your Planet Needs You – UNite to Combat Climate Change,” and which seeks to encourage nations to reach agreement in Copenhagen in December 2009.

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