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WMO Expert Team on Droughts to Meet in Beijing [viewed]

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

February 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Expert Team Meeting on “Drought and Extreme Temperatures: Preparedness and Management for Sustainable Agriculture, Rangelands, Forestry, and Fisheries” will be held from 18-19 February 2009, in Beijing, China.

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UN Secretary-General and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Emphasize Accelerating Action on Climate Change in Statements at Delhi Sustainable Development Summit [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon received the Sustainable Development Leadership Award from H.E. Mr. Maumoon Abdul Gayoom

5 February 2009: During the 2009 Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, which is organized around the theme “Towards Copenhagen: an equitable and ethical approach” and is taking place from 5-7 February 2009, in New Delhi, India, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that ignoring or underestimating the threat of climate change would lead to increased poverty and hardship. Ban, who received the Sustainable Development Leadership Award at the Summit, underlined that tackling this challenge requires “all our leadership, all our commitment, all our ingenuity,” but that it also provides an “opportunity to make progress on a wide range of sustainable development issues.”

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Business Community to Take the Lead on Climate [viewed]

5 February 2009: Addressing a breakfast meeting of Chief Executive Officers, which took place ahead of the opening of the 2009 Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, in New Delhi, India, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon invited business community leaders to become “leaders to become pioneers in leading on climate change issues.”

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UNEP Executive Director Calls for US Leadership on Climate [viewed]

 Speech by UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs conference

4 February 2009: The “Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference: Making a Down Payment on the Green Economy” convened in Washington, DC, US, from 4-6 February 2009. Speaking at the conference, Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), highlighted the economic and employment implications of climate change, drew attention to the related initiatives launched by UNEP in 2008 (the Global Green New Deal and Green Economy initiatives), and called on the US to “champion the international cause of the Green Economy and of a transition to a low-carbon society.”

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UN Commission for Social Development Warns Against Impacts of Climate Change on the Most Vulnerable [viewed]

Ambassador Kirsti Lintonen of Finland, Chairperson of Commission for Social Development

4 February 2009: The UN Commission for Social Development is holding its 47th session from 4-13 February 2009, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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FAO Calls for More Sustainable and Productive Farming Systems to Reduce Agriculture's Carbon Footprint [viewed]

Shivaji Pandey, Chairperson of FAO's Working Group on Biotechnology

4 February 2009: Speaking at the fourth World Congress on Conservation Agriculture (CA), held from 4-7 February 2009, in New Delhi, India, Shivaji Pandey, Director of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Plant Production and Protection Division, called on the world's farmers to adopt CA practices to ensure sustainable yield growth and reduce agriculture's carbon footprint.

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UNITAR and VEOLIA Environnement Renew Cooperation on Climate Change and Capacity Building [viewed]

Lopes

3 February 2009: Carlos Lopes, UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Executive Director, and Henri Proglio, VEOLIA Environnment Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, have renewed the cooperation contract between UNITAR's Local Development Programme and VEOLIA Environnment. 

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UN Statistical Commission to Address Climate Change-Related Statistics [viewed]

February 2009: The UN Statistical Commission will hold its 40th session from 24-27 February 2009, in New York, US. During the meeting, the Commission will discuss a report prepared by the Australian Bureau of Statistics titled “Report of the programme reviewer on climate change and official statistics” (E/CN.3/2009/2), containing a programme review of climate change related statistics.

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UNISDR Releases ISDR-Highlights January Issue [viewed]

UNISDR Releases ISDR-Highlights January Issue

31 January 2009: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) has released the January 2009 issue of its newsletter, ISDR-Highlights.

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UN Secretary-General Emphasizes Africa's Active Participation in Climate Negotiations [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

2 February 2009: In an address to the Summit of the African Union (AU) taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that his consistent message to the developed world is not to lose sight of the most vulnerable while addressing the financial crisis, and to maintain their commitment to fight climate change. 

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