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UNEP Launches Green Star Awards [viewed]

Green Star Awards 17 November 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has

launched, with Green Cross International and the UN Office for the Coordination

of Humanitarian Affairs, the Green Star Awards.

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UN Secretary-General Appoints Assistant Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

 International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) 17 November 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has

appointed Margareta Wahlström (Sweden) as Assistant Secretary-General for

Disaster Risk Reduction and the Secretary-General's Special Representative for

the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action in the Secretariat for the

International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR).

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WMO Workshop Addresses Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation to Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries [viewed]

WMO Workshop Addresses Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation to Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 18 November 2008: The Workshop on Climate Change Impacts and

Adaptation to Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries at the National and Regional

Levels, jointly co-organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO),

the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Southeast Climate Consortium

(SECC) of the US, opened on 18 November 2008 in Orlando, Florida, US, and will

conclude on 21 November.

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WFP, IFAD Contribute to Weather-Indexed Insurance Schemes for Developing Country Farmers [viewed]

Flood ordeal for Palestinians stuck on Iraq-Syria border 17 November 2008: The UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), supported by the

Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation, are launching a programme to increase access

by farmers in developing countries to weather-indexed insurance schemes.

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UN Secretary-General at G20 Summit Underlines Potential to Spur Green Growth [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets today with Madeleine Albright, former United States Secretary of State, ahead of G-20 meeting 17 November 2008: On 14 and 15 November 2008, UN

Secretary-General was in Washington, DC, US, to take part in the Group of 20

(G20) Financial Summit. In a statement to the assembled leaders, Ban Ki-moon

stated that “today's financial crisis should not evolve into tomorrow's human

crisis,” adding that leaders should not use it to justify neglecting other

critical issues such as poverty and hunger, the food crisis, and climate

change.

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UNEP Launches North American Youth Initiative [viewed]

UN Environment Programme (UNEP) 14 November 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

launched its “Kick the Carbon Habit” Education Campaign with a meeting of the

new North American Youth Network from 14-16 November 2008, in Chicago, US.

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IPCC, UNESCO and UNEP-Risoe Centre to Address the European Science Foundation Conference on Global Change [viewed]

European Science Foundation November: The second European Science Foundation (ESF)

Science Policy Conference and Assembly will be held from 26-28 November 2008, in

Stockholm, Sweden, and will be organized around the theme “Global Challenges

and the Need for Cooperation: Lessons Learnt from Global Change.”

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UNEP and ESCAP Hold Workshop on Air Quality and Climate Change Solutions in Asian Cities [viewed]

The Better Air Quality 2008 (BAQ 2008)

14 November 2008: The Better Air Quality 2008 workshop,

which took place from 12-14 November 2008, in Bangkok, Thailand, brought

together about 1,000 participants from over 35 countries and was organized

around the theme: “Air quality and climate change: scaling up win-win solutions

in Asia.”

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World Bank Moves Ahead with Energy for the Poor Initiative, Schedules Meeting in Paris [viewed]

Jamal Saghir, Director, Energy, Transport and Water, in the Sustainable Vice Presidency (SDNVP) of the World Bank 13 November 2008: The World Bank is moving ahead with the

Energy for the Poor initiative, a programme that seeks to provide rapid support

for countries' efforts to strengthen social safety nets to reduce the poor's

vulnerability to volatile fuel prices.

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UNEP Releases Report on Atmospheric Brown Clouds [viewed]

Cities Across Asia Get Dimmer: Impacts on Glaciers, Agriculture and the Monsoon Get Clearer

13 November 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

released a report on Atmospheric Brown Clouds (ABCs) that shows that, in

addition to affecting agriculture and human health, this layer of soot and

manmade particles can both aggravate, via the absorption of sunlight, and

counteract, via the reflection of sunlight and effects on cloud formation,

climate change due to greenhouse gases.

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