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UNEP Executive Director Addresses IPCC [viewed]

31 August 2008: Achim Steiner, UN Environment Programme

(UNEP) Executive Director and UN Under-Secretary General, spoke to the

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on 31 August 2008.

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International Symposium Adopts Declaration on Climate Change and Food Security in South Asia [viewed]

29 August 2008: The International Symposium on Climate

Change and Food Security in South Asia, which met from 25-30 August 2008, in

Dhaka, Bangladesh, and was co-sponsored by Ohio State University, the World

Meteorological Organization, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the UN

Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the University of

Dhaka and the Government of Bangladesh, adopted a Declaration and

recommendations towards minimizing the short- and long-term vulnerability of

the South Asian region to climate change.

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UNEP: World Glaciers Need Better Monitoring [viewed]

Global Glaciers Changes: facts and figures The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the

World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) launched a new facts and figures report

on glaciers and ice caps during a side event on 1 September 2008, in Geneva,

Switzerland, during the 29th plenary session of the Intergovernmental

Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). “Global Glacier Changes: Facts and Figures”

presents recent fluctuations of glaciers and ice caps and underlines an overall

trend of glaciers' retreat. Wilfried Haeberli, Director of WGMS, noted that

glaciers are unique demonstration objects of global climate change.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Poznan to be a Successful Bridge towards Copenhagen [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 31 August 2008: In a press conference given on the occasion

of the twentieth anniversary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

(IPCC) in Geneva, Switzerland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated

the IPCC for its accomplishments and for removing any doubt that climate change

was happening with its Fourth Assessment Report.

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International Polar Day 2008 [viewed]

International Polar Day - People September 2008: The sixth quarterly International Polar Day,

which will be celebrated on 24 September 2008, will address how climate change

and renewed exploitation present urgent challenges to Arctic people, including

by examining the health impacts of climate change on the Arctic residents and

the focus of monitoring programmes of the polar environment on climate change.

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UNEP Releases Booklet on Energy Subsidies [viewed]

Reforming Energy Subsidies: Opportunities to Contribute to the Climate Change Agenda 26 August 2008: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) has released a booklet that seeks to raise awareness of energy subsidies and their impact.

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WHO Report: Closing the Gap in a Generation [viewed]

Closing the gap in a generation: Health equity through action on the social determinants of health 28 August 2008: In this report, subtitled “Health equity

through action on the social determinants of health,” the World Health

Organization's (WHO) Commission on Social Determinants of Health calls for

closing the health gap in a generation and outlines the requirements for developing

solutions to the inequities between and within countries.

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UNPFII Resource Kit on Indigenous Peoples' Issues Available [viewed]

Resource Kit on Indigenous People 27 August 2008: This toolkit is aimed at UN Country Teams

and other development agents, to provide guidance on how to engage indigenous

peoples and include their perspectives in development processes.

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UNEP Executive Director Calls for “Climate Proofing” Economies [viewed]

Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP 25 August 2008: Achim Steiner UN Under-Secretary General and

the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Executive Director, spoke on risk and

climate change at the International Disaster Risk Conference (IDRC), which

convened in Davos, Switzerland, from 25-29 August 2008.

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Africa Carbon Forum Seeks to Improve Africa's Participation in the CDM [viewed]

Africa Carbon Forum 28 August 2008: The Africa Carbon Forum will take place from 3-5 September 2008, in Dakar, Senegal. At the thirteenth Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Bali, Indonesia in December 2007, the Secretariat of the UNFCCC announced its intent to convene the first Africa Carbon Forum, in collaboration with the International Emissions Trading Association and the partner agencies of the Nairobi Framework, including the UN Development Programme, UN Environment Programme, World Bank and African Development Bank.

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