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World Water Day Observed [viewed]

 World Water Day Message from Achim Steiner

22 March 2009: On the occasion of World Water Day, which was observed on 22 March 2009, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) highlighted the potential benefits of investing in the world's freshwaters, including the potential benefits to the global economic recovery and to accelerating a response to climate change.

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UN to Observe Earth Hour [viewed]

 UNEP to observe Earth Hour in support of action on climate change

20 March 2009: With the goal of mobilizing support for a UN agreement to address climate change, the UN will observe Earth Hour on 28 March 2009 by turning off the lights at UN facilities worldwide.

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Under-Secretary-General Highlights Water-Climate Links at World Water Forum [viewed]

UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang

17 March 2009: UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang addressed several audiences at the fifth World Water Forum, which met from 16-22 March 2009, in Istanbul, Turkey. During the opening ceremony, he suggested “four strategic actions on bridging divides for water,” including engaging with other policy communities on the nexus between water challenges and climate change, accelerating progress in climate change adaptation, and improving human and institutional capacity backed by adequate financial resources.

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UNEP Releases Policy Brief on Global Green New Deal in Advance of G20 [viewed]

UN spotlights five key areas to spur sustainable economic recovery

19 March 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released “Global Green New Deal: Policy Brief,” which aims to inform the debate at the upcoming G20 meeting to be held in London, UK, in early April 2009.

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UN-REDD Programme Approves Funds [viewed]

Forests store CO2 helping alleviate climate change

18 March 2009: The UN-REDD Programme, an initiative on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), has approved US$18 million for activities in five pilot countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Programme is sponsored by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the UN Development Programme, and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The approved sum constitutes roughly one-third of available funding under the Programme, and will be dedicated to measures such as monitoring, stakeholder engagement, enhancement of non-carbon benefits, and strengthening of institutional capacity.

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WMO Releases Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2008 [viewed]

WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate

18 March 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) published its annual Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2008. The WMO Statement contains information for 2008 on global temperature, regional temperature anomalies, global precipitation, droughts, flooding and storms, La Niña, tropical cyclones, Antarctic ozone hole and Arctic sea ice extent, as well as an article on benefits for climate monitoring and assessment of data rescue activities.

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UN-HABITAT Launches New Cities and Climate Change Initiative [viewed]

Cities and Climate Change

17 March 2009: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has officially launched the Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI) at a conference titled “Cities and Climate Change,” which took place on 17 March 2009, in Oslo, Norway. The initiative focuses on mitigation and adaption to climate change impacts on human settlements within the framework of urban governance, decentralization, strengthening local authorities, and environmental planning and management.

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WMO International Polar Day Focuses on Polar Oceans [viewed]

WMO International Polar Day Focuses on Polar Oceans

17 March 2009: Polar Days are a part of International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008, a scientific initiative organized through the International Council for Science and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

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IMO Intersessional Meeting Makes Progress on Energy Efficiency for Ships [viewed]

16 March 2009: The second intersessional meeting of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Working Group on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions from Ships took place at IMO headquarters in London, UK, from 9-13 March 2009. The meeting brought together over 200 experts and focused on technical and operational measures to reduce GHG emissions from ships. A report from the meeting will be presented to the 59th session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 59), to be held in July 2009.

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Web-based Tool for Climate Prediction in Developing Countries to Contribute to WMO Activities [viewed]

Climate Information Tool Kit (CLIK)

12 March 2009: An online climate prediction service was recently launched by the Asia Pacific Economic Forum (APEC) Climate Center (APCC) in the Republic of Korea to help climate forecasters and researchers worldwide and to facilitate climate prediction in developing countries. APCC contributes to WMO activities and seasonal predictions, including regular updates on the state of El Niño/La Niña.

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