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UNESCO's “Climate Frontlines” Forum Discusses the Impact of Frozen Pastures on Herding Communities [viewed]

26 April 2010: The latest issue of “Climate Frontlines,” a global forum on the internet for indigenous peoples, small islands and vulnerable communities sponsored by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), features an article on the growing role of climate change in accelerating desertification and accentuating winter conditions for herding communities.

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UNITAR Holds Seminar on Environmentally Induced Migration and Climate Change [viewed]

27 April 2010: The UN Institute for Training and Reaserch (UNITAR) held a seminar on Environmentally Induced Migration and Climate Change on 20 April 2010, in New York, US. The event was part of the Migration and Development Series, which is supported by the International Migration Organization (IOM), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the MacArthur Foundation as partners.

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UN Humanitarian Chief and WFP Focus on West African Food Crisis [viewed]

26 April 2010: UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Josette Sheeran has indicated that the intense droughts in Niger are escalating the humanitarian crisis and contributing to mass migration from rural to urban areas as well as to neighboring countries. She has announced that WFP will step up its aid to support 2.3 million people, particularly pregnant women and children, in the arid eastern Sahel region.

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Event: 63rd World Health Assembly [viewed]

The 63rd session of the World Health Assembly will discuss a number of public health issues, including monitoring of the achievement of the health-related Millennium Development Goals, and health and climate change.  

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UNEP, UN Global Compact and WWF Co-Host B4E Summit [viewed]

26 April 2010: The UN Business for the Environment Global Summit (B4E Summit) took place in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 21-23 April 2010. The goal of the meeting was to consider the outcome of the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) of the UNFCCC and discuss the role of business in realizing a low carbon future.

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WFP to Use Carbon Calculator [viewed]

26 April 2010: The World Food Programme (WFP) has begun using a tool to calculate emissions from the organization's travel in order to track its environmental impact.

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UN/ISDR Convenes African Ministers' Conference on DRR [viewed]

23 April 2010: African Ministers attended the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) Second Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), from 14-16 April 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya. Key outcomes of the meeting included the adoption of the Programme of Action for the Implementation of the Africa Regional Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (2006–2015) and a Ministerial Declaration.

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Climate Neutral Network Member to Offset Emissions during World Cup [viewed]

23 April 2010: The sportswear company PUMA, a member of the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Climate Neutral Network, has announced plans to offset the carbon dioxide emissions of PUMA-sponsored national football teams taking part in the Football World Cup this summer in South Africa. This includes teams from Algeria, Cameroon, Côte D'Ivoire, Ghana, Italy, Switzerland and Uruguay, and represents emissions from a total of 336 players and officials.

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UNEP Executive Director Re-Elected [viewed]

22 April 2010: The UN General Assembly has re-elected Achim Steiner as Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) for a further four years, beginning 15 June 2010.

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UN Champions of the Earth Announced [viewed]

22 April 2010: Achim Steiner, Under-Secretary-General and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director, announced the six winners of this year's UN Champions of the Earth prize, which recognizes leadership in environmental conservation.

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