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WMO Expands Use of Commercial Aircraft to Collect Meteorological Data [viewed]

AMDAR

17 November 2008: The World Meteorological Organization

(WMO) Aircraft Meteorological Data Relay (AMDAR) Panel convened from 17-21

November 2008, in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, to discuss ways to broaden its

global coverage.

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FAO Reform: Director-General Diouf Calls for New World Agricultural Order [viewed]

FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf 19 November 2008: Speaking at the 35th Special Session of

the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Conference, taking place from 18-22

November 2008, in Rome, Italy, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf outlined a

strategy for a new global system for food security that would ensure that

production meets growing demand in the face of climate change and the need for

environmental conservation.

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UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary Highlights Role of States and Provinces in Transition To Low Emissions Development Path [viewed]

Richard Kinley, Deputy Executive Secretary<br /> United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 19 November 2008: Speaking at the Governors' Global Climate Summit, taking place from 18-19 November 2008, in Los Angeles, California, US, UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary Richard Kinley highlighted that practical state-level action can be an important step towards a low-emissions global economy.

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ECLAC Launches Book on Sugarcane-based Bioethanol and Sustainable Development [viewed]

ECLAC Highlights Advantages of Sugarcane-based Bioethanol over other Biofuels 18 November 2008: Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the

Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), launched the

book entitled “Sugarcane-based Bioethanol: Energy for Sustainable Development”

during a side event at an International Conference on Biofuels taking place in

São Paulo, Brazil.

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UN Secretary-General Underlines ILO's Role in the Emerging Green Economy [viewed]

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 19 November 2008: In an address to the 303rd Session of the

Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO) taking place in

Geneva, Switzerland, from 6-21 November 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

explained that, while in Washington DC, US, for the G-20 summit, he had

stressed that the crisis is an opportunity to promote green economic

development.

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ITU Focus Group on ICTs and Climate Change to Hold Second Meeting [viewed]

ITU and Climate Change 18 November 2008: The second meeting of the Focus Group on

information and communication technologies (ICTs) and climate change,

established by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), will convene

from 25-28 November 2008, at ITU headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

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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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