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UNWTO Highlights Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria [viewed]

Integrating Tourism into Adaptation to Climate Change in the Maldives November 2008: In the UN World Tourism Organization's (UNWTO) latest Sustainable Development of Tourism (SDT) e-bulletin, the organization highlights the launch of the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria, the Sustainable Tourism Policy Initiative at World Heritage Sites, Climate Change and Tourism, and Climate Change in the Maldives.

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UNFCCC Adaptation Fund Board Meets in Bonn [viewed]

COP/MOP decision on the Adaptation Fund 15 December 2008: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) is holding its fourth meeting from 15-17 December 2008, at the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany. The Adaptation Fund was established by the parties to the Kyoto Protocol of the UNFCCC to finance concrete adaptation projects and programmes in developing countries that are parties to the Kyoto Protocol. The Fund will be financed with 2% of the Certified Emission Reductions issued for projects of the Clean Development Mechanism and with funds from other sources.

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UN Deputy Secretary-General: Addressing Recent Multiple Crises Should Not Deflect Efforts to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro 15 December 2008: Speaking at a meeting of the UN General Assembly on the “follow-up to the outcome of the Millennium Summit: specific meeting focused on development,” taking place in New York, US, on 15 December 2008, UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro warned that the food, fuel and financial crises threaten to undo poverty reduction efforts.

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Business to Invest in a Sustainable Future [viewed]

Global Compact, UN Values it Promotes Can Help Restore Trust in Business Markets Eroded during Current Crisis, Says Secretary-General to New York Meeting 15 December 2008: During a meeting of the Global Compact Board, which took place in New York, US on 15 December 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the importance for the private sector to take a leading role in addressing the financial crisis.

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FAO Conference on Water in Africa in the Context of Climate Change Opens [viewed]

Conference on Water in Africa in the Context of Climate Change

15 December 2008: Speaking at the conference on “Water for Agriculture and Energy in Africa: The Challenges of Climate Change,” taking place in Sirte, Libya, from 15-17 December 2008, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf stressed the importance of water management for food security. During the event, ministers from 53 African countries will consider a “Blue Revolution” programme designed to harness Africa's largely untapped water resources.

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UNITAR Launches Climate Change Capacity Development Project [viewed]

UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) 12 December 2008: On the sidelines of the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, which took place in Poznań, Poland, the Climate Change programme of the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) launched a new project on capacity building and adaptation to climate change with seven regional centers of excellence in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and the South Pacific.

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Governments to Not Backslide on Previous Commitments [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 11 December 2008: In a press conference in Poznań, Poland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted progress achieved at the climate change talks, but stressed that much more needs to be done. He called on governments not to “backslide” on previous commitments and emphasized the need for: deep cuts in emissions to stabilize our climate; assistance for developing countries in dealing with mitigation and adaptation; a dramatic increase of financial and technological resources; and institutions that can support these efforts.

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World Bank Releases Report on Latin American and Caribbean Responses to Climate Change [viewed]

Global financial & climate crises 10 December 2008: The World Bank released a new report entitled “Low Carbon, High Growth: Latin American Responses to Climate Change.” The study argues that a shift towards low carbon activities could enhance the region's competitiveness and contribute to a faster recovery from the current economic meltdown.

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UN Environment Management Group Discuss Climate Neutral UN [viewed]

10 December 2008: The 14th Senior Officials Meeting of the Environment Management Group (EMG) convened on 10 December 2008, in Poznań, Poland. Participants discussed: implementation of the 2007 commitment by the Chief Executives Board on moving towards a climate-neutral UN, including the development of a Climate Neutral Knowledge Management website that will document individual agency's greenhouse gas emissions and reductions; the cost implications and budgetary modalities of purchasing carbon offsets; and future EMG work, including a possible strategic process and the strategy for implementation of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification and the 2010 biodiversity targets.

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High Level Meeting on Asia-Pacific Region's Food, Energy and Financial Crises and Climate Change Recommends Urgent Comprehensive and Coordinated Action [viewed]

ESCAP's Executive Secretary, UN Under-Secretary-General Noeleen Heyzer 10 December 2008: The High-level Regional Policy Dialogue on “The Food-Fuel Crisis and Climate Change – Reshaping the Development Agenda,” jointly organized by the Government of Indonesia and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), convened from 9-10 December 2008, in Bali, Indonesia. The meeting recommended urgent, comprehensive and coordinated action to deal with the food, energy and financial crises, and climate change in the region.

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