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WFP, FAO, IFAD and World Bank Urge EU to Provide Assistance to Ease Global Food Crisis [viewed]

Josette Sheeran, WFP's Executive Director 15 September 2008: Leaders of the Rome-based UN agencies,

the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), World Food Programme

(WFP) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), together with

the World Bank, presented a common statement to the European Parliament's

Development Committee, urging it to take the lead in providing assistance to

help farmers cope with surging food and commodity prices.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Global Solution to Climate Change Crisis [viewed]

15 September 2008: Noting that media interest in climate

change issues has been fading since the release of the Intergovernmental Panel

on Climate Change's Fourth Assessment Report in November 2008, UN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the importance of cooperation among

all sectors of society to tackle this challenge.

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UNESCO: International Symposium on the Water-Energy Nexus to Convene [viewed]

September 2008: An International Symposium on ‘Resolving the Water-Energy Nexus' will be held in Paris, France, from 26-28 November 2008. The Symposium will convene within the framework of the UN Educational,

Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) International Hydrological Programme (IHP) in collaboration with UNESCO's Renewable Energy Programme, and will be organized by the non-profit association RED-Ethique.

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UN Secretary-General Rides Solar-Powered Car to UN Headquarters [viewed]

Secretary-Genetral Ban-Ki moon driven to work by Solartaxi, a fully solar powered car. UN Photo/Mark Garten 12 September 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon rode a

“Solartaxi,” a fully solar-powered car, from his home in New York to UN

Headquarters, as part of his efforts to raise awareness of climate change and

promote environmentally-friendly technologies.

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IAEA Predicts Continued Expansion of Nuclear Power in Coming Decades [viewed]

According to the IAEA´s 2008 high projection, growth in nuclear generation will match the 3.2% per year growth in overall generation. In the photo, the Dukovany Nuclear Power Plant, Czech Republic. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA) 11 September 2008: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has released the 2008 edition of ‘Energy, Electricity and Nuclear Power Estimates for the Period to 2030,' which predicts that, in line with growing global demand for energy, nuclear power will continue to expand in the coming decades.

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UNDP: Higher Food Prices Likely to Deepen Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia [viewed]

Progress in achieving MDGs under threat, new report finds 11 September 2008: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has

released the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Report 2008, which finds that

the strong and sustained progress in reducing extreme poverty achieved by the

world is being undercut by higher prices, particularly of food and oil, and the

global economic slowdown.

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WMO Co-organizes Workshop on Climate Product Generation, User Liaison and Training in Polar Regions [viewed]

11 September 200

8: A workshop on climate product generation,

user liaison and training in Polar Regions, co-organized under the World

Meteorological Organization's (WMO) project on Climate Information and

Prediction Services (CLIPS) by the World Climate Research Programme and the

Committee for International Polar Year, took place from 8-11 September 2008, in

St. Petersburg, Russian Federation. Workshop

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WMO Secretariat Submits Draft Ministerial Statement for the World Climate Conference-3 [viewed]

World Climate Conference-3 - Climate prediction and information for decision-making September 2008: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Secretariat submitted, at the second meeting of the International Conference

Organizing Committee on 3-5 September 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland, the draft

notes for a ministerial statement to be adopted at the World Climate

Conference-3.

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World Bank Consultations on Development and Climate Change Continue [viewed]

Global Consultations - Development and Climate Change: A Strategic Framework for the World Bank Group September 2008: Global consultations for the development of

a “Strategic Framework on Development and Climate Change for the World Bank

Group” continue receiving comments online from civil society, until 15

September 2008.

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Legal Experts Identify Need for New Rules to Govern Polar Regions [viewed]

Experts meet on need for new rules to govern world's fragile polar regions 7 September 2008: Experts gathered from 7-9 September 2008,

in Akureyri, Iceland, for the Polar Law Symposium, hosted by the UN University

(UNU) and the University of Akureyri, to discuss new challenges arising in the

Arctic and Antarctic.

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