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WMO Organizes European Meeting on Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

European countries seek to reduce disasters through closer interaction between hydrometeorological services and disaster risk management 9 October 2008: European countries met from 9-10 October

2008, in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, to discuss practical ways to reduce the

impacts of natural hazards through strengthened collaboration among the World

Meteorological Organization's (WMO) National Meteorological and Hydrological

Services and disaster risk management institutions.

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UNU Hosts Environmental Refugee Conference [viewed]

UN premises at Langer Eugen Bonn 9 October 2008: The UN University (UNU) is hosting the

International Conference on Environment, Forced Migration and Social

Vulnerability, which is taking place in Bonn, Germany, from 9-11 October 2008.

The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), UN Environment Programme

(UNEP), and International Organization for Migration (IOM) are among the

Conference's organizing partners. Participants have been asked to capture the

current state of research and debate on the issue, and to conclude with

recommendations for moving forward.

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DSD/DESA Organizes Expert Group Meeting on Climate Change and Indicators [viewed]

8 October 2008: The Division for Sustainable Development of

the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DSD/DESA) is organizing an

expert group meeting on “Climate Change and Sustainable Development: The Role

of Indicators.”

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WHO: Experts Develop Research Agenda on Climate and Human Health [viewed]

8 October 2008: Climate change and human health experts

discussed health risks from climate change at a meeting in Madrid, Spain, from

6-8 October 2008, and agreed on a research agenda for the topic.

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World Resources Report 2008: Roots of Resilience [viewed]

Cover_wrr2008 8 October 2008: The

2008 edition of the World Resources Report argues that properly designed

enterprises can create economic, social, and environmental resilience that

cushion the impacts of climate change, and help provide needed social

stability.

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UNEP Children's Art Exhibit Focuses on Climate Change [viewed]

Paint for the Planet 7 October 2008: The website for ‘Paint for the Planet,'

which features climate change-themed paintings from the UN Environment

Programme's (UNEP) International Children's Painting Competition, was launched

on 7 October 2008.

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Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stresses that Climate Change Increases Frequency of Disasters [viewed]

John Holmes, Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator

7 October 2008: On the eve of International Day for Disaster

Reduction, during a news conference in New York, US, UN Under-Secretary-General

for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes

underlined the cost-effectiveness of reinforcing hospitals to make them safe

from disasters. He explained that the Day aims to raise awareness of the

inter-connection between disaster reduction and climate change prevention,

mitigation and preparedness.

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UN Secretary-General's Annual Report: UN Uniquely Placed to Lead Efforts Against Climate Change [viewed]

UN poised to tackle some of today's most pressing challenges – Ban 7 October 2008: In his second annual report on the work of

the Organization (A/63/1), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon notes the UN's

unique place to lead the response to global threats, in particular: climate

change, counter-terrorism, disarmament and non-proliferation, and global

health.

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UN Secretary-General: Climate Change is the “Defining Challenge of Our Era” [viewed]

7 October 2008: In a press conference at the UN Headquarters

in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon characterized climate change

as the “defining challenge of our era,” and warned that the fight against this

challenge risks being “obscured by shorter-term problems, and in particular the

deepening financial crisis.” He expressed the hope that the climate

negotiations scheduled to take place in December 2008 in Poznan, Poland, will

result in increased cooperation and agreement on a timeframe of work, as well

as “a strong willingness” by developed and developing countries to lead on this

issue.

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ICAO Council President Outlines Efforts Develop a Programme of Action on International Aviation and Climate Change [viewed]

ICAO Council President's address 6 October 2008: Roberto Kobeh González, President of the

Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), emphasized

issues such as safety, security, airspace management, airport congestion, and

climate change in his address to the 61st Annual Meeting and Convention of the

National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) on 6 October 2008, in Orlando,

Florida.

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