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UNEP Announces Projects to Prove Investments in Nature-Based Assets Serve as Key Adaptation Measures [viewed]

Country Pilots to Prove Investments in Nature-Based Assets Give High Economic, Social and Environmental Rate of Return 6 October 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in

cooperation with governments, is drawing up some projects to demonstrate that

re-investing in damaged ecosystems can generate significant economic,

environmental and social returns.

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees Stresses Link Between Climate Change and Forced Displacements [viewed]

High Commissioner António Guterres opens the 59th annual meeting of UNHCR's governing Executive Committee 6 October 2008: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

António Guterres told the opening session of his agency's governing Executive

Committee, which met in Geneva, Switzerland, from 2-6 October 2006, that

climate change, extreme poverty and conflict are increasingly inter-related,

leading to a surge in forced displacement rising and demands on the UNHCR.

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UN Deputy Secretary-General Warns Against Delaying Action on Climate Change [viewed]

6 October 2008: In her remarks to the Second Committee of

the General Assembly, taking place in New York, US, UN Deputy Secretary-General

Asha-Rose Migiro underlined that Africa is the region that faces the greatest

challenges, in particular in the context of climate change and the food and oil

crises.

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UN Officials Mark World Habitat Day Urging that Urbanization Should Not Come at Expense of Environment [viewed]

Urbanization must not come at expense of environment, say UN officials 6 October 2008: Top UN officials marked World Habitat Day by

drawing attention to the need to raise awareness of the problems of rapid

urbanization, its impact on the environment and the challenges of rising urban

poverty. The UN has designated the first Monday in October each year as World

Habitat Day, to reflect on the state of towns and cities and the basic right to

adequate shelter for all. This year, Luanda, Angola, led the observance of the

celebration, which focused on the theme “Harmonious Cities.”

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UNCTAD Publication: Making Certification Work for Sustainable Development: The Case of Biofuels [viewed]

Making Certification Work for Sustainable Development: The Case of Biofuels 3 October 2008: This UN Conference on Trade and Development publication reviews biofuel certification schemes that are already in place or are being developed, including: benefits and drawbacks of such schemes; implications for developing countries; and possible ramifications of certification in the context of the World Trade Organization.

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IMO Continues Work on Regime to Control GHG Emissions [viewed]

<br /> Ship emissions high on agenda at IMO environment meeting 3 October 2008: The Marine Environment Protection Committee

of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is meeting in London, UK, for

its 58th session, from 6-10 October 2008. During the meeting, the Committee

will continue its work on developing a mandatory regime to control greenhouse

gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping.

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IFPRI Publishes Essays on Policy Responses to Food Crisis [viewed]

Policy Responses to Food Crisis October 2008: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFRPI) has published three essays addressing critical questions regarding policy responses to the current food crisis. The essays by Joachim von Braun, IFPRI Director General, Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), and Namanga Ngongi, President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), point to the dangers and pitfalls of misguided policies, but also to the potential opportunities for responding in a way that prevents future crises and ensures food security in the long term. In addition to the most pressing questions of delivering immediate relief to populations affected by hunger and the strategic issues of the long-term stabilization of food production and food markets, the essays also address impacts of current biofuel policies and climate change on agriculture.

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Germany Increases Support to UNEP's Clean Energy and Climate Change Adaptation Efforts [viewed]

German Government Invests $18 Million to Support Clean Energy and Climate Change Adaptation 3 October 2008: During a meeting with UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner, at UNEP's headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, German Federal Minister for the Environment Sigmar Gabriel announced that his country will increase its funding for the organization's work on clean energy and climate proofing vulnerable economies.

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Winners of the 2008 Equator Prize Announced: Special Recognition for Community Approaches in Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

Equator Initiative selects winners for global biodiversity conservation Prize

1 October 2008: The UN-backed Equator Initiative has

announced the 25 winners of the Equator Prize 2008, which recognizes

exceptional leadership in slashing poverty through conservation and sustainable

biodiversity efforts.

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Global Forum for Sport and Environment Focuses on Climate Change [viewed]

Global Forum for Sport and Environment (G-ForSE) October 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), with the

Global Sports Alliance of Japan and Volvo, hosted the 2008 Global Forum for

Sport and Environment in Alicante, Spain, from 4-6 October 2008.

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