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UN Secretary-General at UN Day Concert: How Can We Afford Not to Tackle Climate Change? [viewed]

Leadership, Partnership Crucial in Creating Safer, More Prosperous World, Says Secretary-General in Remarks at United Nations Day Concert.

27 October 2008: In a speech delivered on 24 October 2008,

in New York, US, at the concert for UN Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

welcomed Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, who were performing, as well as

the Heads of UN agencies and programmes who had gathered for the biannual

meeting of the UN System Chief Executives Board.

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UN Issues Stamps on Global Warming [viewed]

UN Issues Stamps on Global Warming 23 October 2008: The UN has issued an international postage

stamp set and informational booklet about global warming, exclusively using

photographs from Gary Braasch's book “Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming is

Changing the World.” The publication is part of the UN's “Year of Planet Earth”

environmental focus.

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UN Second Committee Considers Report of the UNFCCC Executive Secretary [viewed]

UN General Assembly 27 October 2008: The Second Committee of the UN General

Assembly considered, on 27 October 2008, the Secretary-General's note on

Implementation of UN environmental conventions, transmitting the report

submitted by the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, and the report of the

Secretary-General on implementation of the UN Convention to Combat

Desertification (UNCCD) and the outcome of the observance of the International

Year of Deserts and Desertification (Document A/63/294).

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UNEP Auctions “Paint for the Planet” Paintings, Releases Children's Survey Results [viewed]

Children take to the canvas to advocate for climate change in UN campaign 26 October 2008: The UN kicked off its “UNite to Combat

Climate Change” campaign on 23 October 2008, with the “Paint for the Planet”

art exhibition. The exhibition was followed on 25 October 2008 by an auction

that raised US$21,000, which will be donated to children affected by

climate-related disasters.

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Tourism Forum Highlights the Need for the Sector to Respond to Climate Change [viewed]

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO/OMT) 24 October 2008: The Sixth International Tourism Forum for

Parliamentarians and Local Authorities convened in Cebu, Philippines, from

22-24 October 2008. Attendees considered how ‎‎national and local governments could

respond to the current economic downturn and maintain their commitments to

sustainability goals.

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UNEP and ICC Host Climate and Resource Efficiency Forum [viewed]

ICC and UNEP Host Climate and Resource Efficiency Forum 24 October 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) hosted the Global Business & Industry Dialogue on 23-24 October 2008, in Paris, France. This forum on climate change and resource efficiency brought together over 100 leaders from business, government and non-governmental organizations from developed and developing countries.

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World Bank: Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Participants List Grows [viewed]

High Demand Prompts Forest Carbon Partnership Facility to Expand Beyond Original 20 Developing Countries 24 October 2008: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility

(FCPF), a World Bank programme that partners developing countries with

industrialized countries and The Nature Conservancy, a non-governmental

organization, in an effort to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest

degradation (REDD) in developing countries, convened its first operational

meeting from 20-22 October 2008, in Washington, DC, US. During the meeting, it

was decided that the programme should be expanded and that ten new developing

countries would be added to the 20 that had originally been selected.

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UN Secretary-General: Financial Crisis Should Not “Weaken our Resolve on Climate Change” [viewed]

United Nations System Chief Executives Board Meeting

24 October 2008: During a UN System Chief Executives Board

Meeting, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need to support the poor

amid the global financial crisis, warning that gains made towards achieving the

Millennium Development Goals could be reversed. The meeting brought together

Executive Heads of the UN specialized agencies, funds and programmes and the

World Bank and International Monetary Fund to undertake a wide-ranging

assessment of the ongoing global crisis in financial markets and the threat of

recession in the global economy.

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UNDP, UNEP and WFP Make Submissions on Adaption [viewed]

21 October 2008: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN

Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have submitted

reports on progress in the implementation of Article 4, paragraphs 8 and 9, of

the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and of decision 1/CP.10

to the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Implementation, which will hold its 29th

session in Poznan, Poland, from 1-10 December 2008.

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UN-HABITAT: State of the World's Cities Report Underlines Coastal Cities' Vulnerability to Climate Change [viewed]

State of the World's Cities 2008/2009

23 October 2008: The UN Human Settlements Programme

(UN-HABITAT) has launched “State of the World's Cities 2008/2009: Harmonious

Cities,” a flagship report published every two years by the UN agency.

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