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UNEP Releases Report on the Environment's Role in Averting Future Food Crises [viewed]

The Environmental Food Crisis

17 February 2009: Unless action is taken, 25 percent of the world's food production may be lost by 2050 due to environmental breakdown, according to a UNEP report released during the 25th session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum, which is convening from 16-20 February 2009, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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UN Secretary-General and Al Gore Call for Launching a New Green Global Economy [viewed]

17 February 2009: In an op-ed published in the Financial Times, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and former US Vice-President Al Gore call for using the economic stimulus that is needed to tackle the global economic crisis to launch a new green global economy.

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ICAO's Group on International Aviation and Climate Change Starts Formulating the Programme of Action on International Aviation and Climate Change [viewed]

Third meeting of the Group on International Aviation and Climate Change of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

17 February 2009: In an opening address to the third meeting of the Group on International Aviation and Climate Change of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Roberto Kobeh González, ICAO President of the Council, indicated that the meeting will focus on formulating the Programme of Action on International Aviation and Climate Change.

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

13 February 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 a lead article on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD).

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Human Rights Council to Consider Report on the Relationship between Climate Change and Human Rights [viewed]

February 2009: The tenth session of the Human Rights Council will convene from 2-27 March 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland, and is expected to focus on the impact of the global economic and financial crises on the universal realization and effective enjoyment of human rights as the priority theme. Among other agenda items, the Council will consider a report by the High Commissioner on the relationship between climate change and human rights.

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ILO Trains Policy Makers on Green Jobs [viewed]

Green Jobs Training

17 February 2009: The International Training Centre (ITC) of the International Labour Organization (ILO) organized a pilot training under the umbrella of the Green Jobs initiative for about 20 policy makers from Asia, Africa, South America and Eastern Europe, from 9-13 February 2009, at the UN Staff College in Turin, Italy. 

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First Carbon-Free Polar Research Station to Contribute to WMO International Polar Year [viewed]

Princess Elisabeth station

17 February 2009: Belgium's Princess Elisabeth station in the eastern Antarctic has become the world's first carbon-free polar research station. It will contribute data to the programmes of the International Polar Year, a scientific endeavor organized by the International Council for Science and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

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High-Level Officials Call for a Green Global Economy at UNEP Governing Council's Opening [viewed]

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17 February 2009: At the opening of the 25th Session of the Governing Council of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which will run from 16-20 February 2009, at UN headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya called on world leaders to support a “Green New Deal” to address climate change and revitalize the global economy.

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UNDP Report for Croatia Highlights Interlinkages between Climate Change, the Economy and Human Development [viewed]

UN Development Programme (UNDP)

16 February 2009: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Croatia has released the 2008 Human Development Report for Croatia, subtitled “A Climate for Change: Climate Change and its Impacts on Society and Economy in Croatia.” 

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UNEP Report Highlights Benefits of Global Green New Deal [viewed]

UNEP-Commissioned Report Underlines How Environmental investments Can get the Global and National Economies Back to Sustainable Work

16 February 2009: The findings of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report titled “A Global Green New Deal” were presented in Nairobi, Kenya, at the opening of the 25th Session of the UNEP Governing Council, which is convening from 16-20 February 2009.

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