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OCHA Launches Humanitarian Impact of Climate Change Campaign [viewed]

A boy whose house was destroyed by Cyclone Nargis that hit Myanmar in May 2008 watches an approaching storm. [Photo: UNICEF/Adam Dean] 2 December 2008: The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the humanitarian implications of climate change.

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OHCHR Calls for a Human Rights Approach to Tackling Climate Change [viewed]

A human rights approach to tackling climate change

December 2008: As the world celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 2008, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has stressed that a wide range of universally recognized rights – such as the right to food, to adequate housing and water, and to life – are under threat due to climate change. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has called on the Poznań Climate Change Conference to take into account the human rights impacts of climate change, and to protect the most vulnerable people.

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IAEA Calls for Increased Investment in Climate-Resilient Plant Breeding Technique [viewed]

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) 2 December 2008: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has called for increased investment in a plant breeding technique that uses radiation to produce improved high-yielding plants that adapt to harsh climate conditions and that could therefore contribute to the fight against hunger.

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UNECE Awards Major Contracts to Finance Energy Efficiency Investments for Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

Energy Efficiency 21 2 December 2008: During the annual session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), which took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 19-21 November 2008, its Committee on Sustainable Energy welcomed the announcement of the award of three contracts for work on energy efficiency.

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FAO Releases Report on Impact of Climate Change-Related Disasters on Food Security in Pacific Islands [viewed]

2 December 2008: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released a report entitled Climate Change and Food Security in Pacific Island Countries, jointly published with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme and the University of the South Pacific. The report warns that climate change-related disasters such as cyclones, flash floods and droughts have constrained development efforts in the Pacific islands and are likely to have a serious impact on their food production.

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UNEP Gathers Leaders to Shape UN Green Economy Initiative [viewed]

Global Green New Deal1 December 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has convened economists, academics and leaders of private and public institutions at an “International Workshop to take forward the Global Initiative on the Green Economy.” The workshop, which is meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, is considering the US$4 million UN Green Economy Initiative, which was launched on 22 October 2008, and seeks to respond to the global economic downturn by focusing policymakers on the promise of economic growth and job creation in environmental industries.

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CBD Organizing Workshop on NBSAPs, Mainstreaming of Biodiversity and the Integration of Climate Change [viewed]

1 December 2008: A capacity development workshop for the Pacific region on national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs), mainstreaming of biodiversity and the integration of climate change will be held from 2-6 February 2009, in Nadi, Fiji.

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IAEA to Launch Booklet on Climate Change and Nuclear Power [viewed]

IAEA Experts Brief Participants on Nuclear Power´s Role in Curbing Global Warming 1 December 2008: At a side event during the UN Climate Change Conference currently taking place in Poznan, Poland, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will launch a booklet entitled “Climate Change and Nuclear Power 2008,” which shows the climate change mitigation potential of nuclear power.

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ECLAC's Geothermal Energy Week Opens in Santiago [viewed]

Experts and Authorities to Analyze Opportunities for Developing Renewable Energy During Geothermal Energy Week 1 December 2008: The “Geothermal Energy Week,” which opened on 1 December 2008, is hosted by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Governments of Chile and Peru. The week will conclude on 5 December and include two main events: an international conference on the “Situation and perspectives for geothermal energy development in Latin America and the Caribbean,” to take place in Santiago, Chile; and a seminar on the potential for the development of geothermal energy in Peru, to be held in Lima, Peru.

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WMO International Polar Day to Focus on Research above the Polar Regions [viewed]

International Polar Day - Above The Poles

December 2008: The seventh quarterly International Polar Day, focusing on research above the Polar Regions, will be marked on 4 December 2008. The Day will include polar meteorology, atmospheric sciences, astronomy, and polar observations from space.

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