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FAO to Host World Forest Week [viewed]

UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

February 2009: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is organizing World Forest Week, “Forests in a changing world,” from 16-20 March 2009, in Rome, Italy, in conjunction with the 2009 meeting of the FAO's Committee on Forestry (COFO).

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World Forestry Congress to Address Forests in Development [viewed]

The World Forestry Congress 2009

February 2009: The 13th World Forestry Congress will address the theme “Forests in Development – A Vital Balance.” Organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and institutions from various sectors of Argentina, the Congress provides an opportunity to present an overview of the state of forests and forestry around the world, to discern trends, adapt policies and raise awareness among policy makers, the public and other stakeholders. The 13th Congress will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 18-25 October 2009, and presentations will address themes including: forests and biodiversity; development opportunities; forests in the service of people, including forests and climate change; organizing forest development; and people and forests in harmony. 

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UNECE Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane Provides Guidance for Coal Mine Methane Projects [viewed]

UNECE Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane

2 February 2009: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released a document providing guidance on concerns raised in the carbon credit market about reliable carbon credit supplies from Coal Mine Methane (CMM) projects worldwide.

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Scientists at UNESCO Forum Call for Action to Halt Rising Acidity in World's Oceans [viewed]

Marine scientists warn that coral reefs are in danger from climate changes and ocean acidification. Most ocean regions could become inhospitable to coral reefs by 2050 if atmospheric CO2 levels continue to increase, they say. (Photo : JoAnne Ford/IAEA)

2 February 2009: Over 150 leading marine scientists from 26 countries are calling for immediate action by government leaders worldwide to sharply reduce carbon dioxide emissions so as to avoid widespread and severe damage to marine ecosystems from ocean acidification. The call was made with the release of the Monaco Declaration on Ocean Acidification, which was developed by participants attending a UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) symposium on “The Ocean in a High-CO2 World,” from 6-9 October 2008, in Monaco.

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UNFCCC Executive-Secretary and UNEP Executive Director Call for Broad Agreement in Copenhagen [viewed]

 Davos Climate Focus: Ban Urges Leaders to Think Green & Steiner Promotes Design for Good

30 January 2009: UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner participated in a panel on “Rising to the Challenge of Copenhagen,” at the World Economic Forum on 29 January 2009, in Davos, Switzerland. The panel was moderated by Thomas L. Friedman, Foreign Affairs Columnist, The New York Times, and included Jacques Aigrain, Swiss Re CEO, Al Gore, former US Vice-President and Nobel Laureate, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark, and Jeroen van der Veer, Royal Dutch Shell CEO.

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UNESCO to Hold World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development - Moving into the Second Half of the UN Decade

February 2009: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, in cooperation with the German Commission for UNESCO, are organizing the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development – Moving into the Second Half of the UN Decade, which is scheduled to be held in Bonn, Germany, from 31 March-2 April 2009.

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IPCC Schedules Scoping Meeting for a Special Report on Extreme Events and Disasters [viewed]

February 2009: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scoping meeting for a proposed Special Report on “Extreme events and disasters: managing the risks” will take place from 23-26 March 2009, in Oslo, Norway. The meeting will be hosted by the Norwegian Pollution Control Authority.

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WMO to Hold Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in West African Agriculture [viewed]

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

February 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) with the Drylands Development Centre of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme are organizing an International Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in West African Agriculture in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, which is tentatively scheduled for March 2009.

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WMO Working Group on Climate and Related Matters to Hold Second Session [viewed]

EC Working Group on Climate and Related Water and Environmental matters

February 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Executive Council Working Group on Climate and Related Weather, Water and Environmental Matters will convene its second session from 11-13 February 2009, at WMO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The Working Group was established in 2007 and advises the Executive Council on all matters related to the WMO's climate activities in order to promote better coordination among WMO bodies and programmes, and to strengthen WMO's partnership with other UN and scientific organizations concerned with climate.

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WMO Bulletin Focuses on “Weather, Climate and the Air We Breathe” [viewed]

Weather, climate and the air we breathe

29 January 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released its latest Bulletin, which focuses on World Meteorological Day, to be celebrated on 23 March and focused on the theme: “Weather, climate and the air we breathe.”

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