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UNESCO Presents “Water in a Changing World” Report [viewed]

New report highlights crucial role of water in development

12 March 2009: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has presented the UN World Water Development Report 3, which will be launched at the Fifth World Water Forum, scheduled to take place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 16-22 March 2009. The Report, coordinated by the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), is the result of a cooperative effort by the 26 UN agencies and entities that make up UN-Water.

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Scientific Congress Delivers Preliminary Conclusions on the Latest Science of Climate Change Since IPCC's Last Assessment Report [viewed]

12 March 2009: The international scientific congress titled “Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions” took place from 10-12 March 2009, in Copenhagen, Denmark, and was organized by the International Alliance of Research Universities and attended by over 2,000 participants from around 80 countries. The main aim of the congress was to provide a summary of existing scientific knowledge two years after the Fourth Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was released and in the run-up to the UNFCCC conference in Copenhagen in December 2009. The preliminary conclusions of the Congress contain six messages concerning: climatic trends, social disruption, long-term strategy, equity dimensions, consequences of inaction, and meeting the challenge.

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WHO and Biodiversity Experts Present Scientific Findings at Climate Congress [viewed]

Lower precipitation due to climate change causes water scarcity and reduced food production

12 March 2009: Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) presented findings regarding climate change impacts to human health at the international scientific congress titled “Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions,” which ran from 10-12 March 2009, in Copenhagen, Denmark. They noted the “adverse consequences” of climate change on health, highlighted the challenges inherent in addressing resulting impacts, and stressed the health benefits of mitigation activities. In addition, they underscored the uneven distribution of health impacts of climate change globally, identifying populations in small island developing States, mountainous regions, large urban areas, coastal areas, and areas that lack access to water among the most vulnerable.

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UNESCAP Holds Green Industry Preparatory Conference in Bangkok [viewed]

International Conference on Green Industry in Asia

11 March 2009: A Preparatory Meeting to the International Conference on Green Industry in Asia, hosted by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), convened in Bangkok, Thailand, from 4-5 March 2009. Participants agreed that the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will organize a session on cleaner production, UNESCAP on sustaining growth and competitiveness, and the UN Environment Programme on eco-friendly products and environmental services. The International Conference on Green Industry in Asia, “Managing the Transition to Resource-efficient and Low Carbon Industries,” is being organized by UNIDO, UNESCAP and UNEP and will convene in Manila, the Philippines, from 8-11 September 2009.

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UNEP Organizing 2009 Tunza International Youth Conference on the Environment [viewed]

2009 Tunza International Youth Conference on the Environment

March 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in collaboration with the UNEP National Committee for the Republic of Korea, will be hosting the 2009 Tunza International Youth Conference on the Environment in Daejeon, Republic of Korea, from 21-26 August 2009. The main theme of the conference is “Climate Change – Our Challenge.”

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UNWTO Secretary-General Discusses Role of Tourism Industry in “Green New Deal” [viewed]

Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General ad interim of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

11 March 2009: Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General ad interim of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), opened the annual ITB Travel Trade Show, which is convening from 11-15 March in Berlin, Germany. Speaking on the economic downturn, he emphasized the need to consider responses to the economy in the context of “the long-term systemic imperatives of climate-change response, job creation and poverty alleviation.”

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ECLAC Presents Climate Change Reports [viewed]

ECLAC Presents Climate Change Reports

10 March 2009: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has launched a report titled “Climate Change and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Review.” The report was released during a seminar on “Climate Change: The Challenges for Growth in Chile and Latin America,” which took place on 11 March 2009, in Santiago, Chile. The report concludes that Latin America and the Caribbean may suffer more impacts of climate change than other regions because of the number of island States present in the region, low coastal areas and prevalence of hurricanes. Considering greenhouse gas emissions in the region are relatively low (11.7% of global emissions in 2000) the authors recommend authorities to focus on adaptation.

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UN Secretary-General and US President Stress Need for Agreement on Climate Change [viewed]

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UNESCO's “On the Frontlines of Climate Change” Forum Continues Discussion on REDD [viewed]

On the Frontlines of Climate Change

6 March 2009: “On the Frontlines of Climate Change,” an internet forum launched by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, has published an article on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD).

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FAO Underscores Role of Sustainable Forest Management in Creating New Green Jobs [viewed]

Sustainable forest management could become a means of creating millions of green jobs.

10 March 2009: In a press release, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) underscored that investing in sustainable forest management could create ten million new “green jobs,” thereby reducing poverty and protecting the environment by contributing to climate change mitigation.

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