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WMO-Sponsored New Radiosonde to Shed Light on Climate Change [viewed]

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

9 February 2009: A new radiosonde will be developed under the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Reference Upper-air Network (GRUAN) to allow more accurate measurements of temperature and humidity trends in the atmosphere. GRUAN is being developed by GCOS, which is sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) jointly with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the UN Environment Programme and the International Council for Science.

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WHO/Europe to Propose a European Strategy on Health and Climate Change at 2010 Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health [viewed]

World Health Organization (WHO)/Europe

19 February 2009: The 2010 Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, which will convene in Parma, Italy, will discuss children's environmental health and climate impacts related to inequality, gender and stakeholder participation, among other agenda items.

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WHO/Europe Performing Assessments of Health Security and Crisis Management, with a Focus on Climate Change [viewed]

19 February 2009: World Health Organization (WHO)/Europe is collaborating with local contacts to conduct assessments of health security and crisis management.

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WHO Executive Board Approves Work Plan on Climate and Health [viewed]

World Health Organization (WHO)

19 February 2009: The Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) has approved a five-year work plan on climate change and health.

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UNEP Report Assesses Greenness of Beijing Olympics [viewed]

 Beijing Olympics Get Big Green Tick

18 February 2009: The findings of a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) study titled “Beijing 2008 Olympic Games: Final Environmental Assessment” were presented in Nairobi, Kenya, at the 25th Session of the UNEP Governing Council, which is convening from 16-20 February 2009.

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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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