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Toyota Joins UNEP's Climate Neutral Network [viewed]

Leading Automaker Toyota Motor Europe Joins UNEP's Climate Neutral Network 18 August 2008: Toyota Motor Europe has become the first car manufacturer to join the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Climate Neutral Network.

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FAO/UNECE Workshop to Discuss Harvested Wood Products and Climate Change [viewed]

August 2008: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) have announced a workshop on

Harvested Wood Products in the Context of Climate Change, to be held from 9-10

September 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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FAO Calls for Information on Underutilized Bioenergy Crops [viewed]

Global Partnership Initiative for Plant Breeding Capacity Building August 2008: The Global Partnership Initiative for Plant Breeding Capacity Building (GIPB), a platform and partnership of public, private and civil society institutions hosted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in collaboration with the FAO Inter-Departmental Working Group on Bioenergy, has called for expanded, up-to-date information on genetic resources and breeding of selected underutilized species, together with detailed analysis of their potential as bioenergy crops adaptable to sustainable smallholder production systems.

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IAEA Deputy Director General Stresses the Potential Role of Induced Mutations in Plants in Curbing Climate Change Effects [viewed]

Mr. Werner Burkart, IAEA Deputy Director General, Head of the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications. Photo credit, IAEA 12 August 2008: In a speech delivered during the opening of the Food and Agriculture Organization/International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) International Symposium on Induced Mutations in Plants, Werner Burkart, IAEA

Deputy Director General, noted that in 2008, the international community became conscience of the links between climate change, the food and energy crises and hunger.

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Young Somalis Should Engage in Tackling Climate Change [viewed]

Youth can help curb climate change effects in Somalia

12 August 2008: On the occasion of International Youth Day,

celebrated on 12 August, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Somalia Deputy

Representative, Hannan Sulieman, underscored the role young people can play in

helping to tackle climate change.

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Preventive Measures and Disaster Preparedness Will Lead to Economic Growth [viewed]

9 August 2008: In an opinion piece, published in the Hindu,

Vinod Thomas, Director General of the World Bank's Independent Evaluation

Group, underscores the increased frequency of natural disasters, their effect

on development, and the need for policy makers to recognize this growing threat

on economies.

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UN-HABITAT: Sustainable Communities Course to Examine Risk and Vulnerability Reduction of Cities [viewed]

Teaching sustainable urban development 12 August 2008: A two-week course on Sustainable Communities has commenced in Bangkok, Thailand, bringing together 28 urban professionals representing academia, NGOs, local

authorities and central government agencies from 15 African and Asian

countries.

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IAEA/FAO organize International Symposium on Induced Mutations in Plants [viewed]

International Symposium on Induced Mutations in Plants (ISIM)

11 August 2008: The International Atomic Energy Agency

(IAEA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are organizing

an International Symposium on Induced Mutations in Plants, from 12-15 August

2008, in Vienna, Austria. The event will bring together scientists to focus on

the latest innovations aimed at improving crop productivity in an effort to

solve the food and energy crises.

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UN Secretary-General Stresses the Consequences of Climate Change on Youth [viewed]

UN Secretary-General's message on the consequences of climate change during the International Youth Day 12 August 2008: On the occasion of International Youth Day,

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that climate change is happening

and, if unaddressed, could hinder efforts towards the Millennium Development

Goals and threaten peace and security.

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UNDP Introduces Youth Version of 2007-2008 Human Development Report [viewed]

Two degrees of separation between hope and despair. A young people's summary of the United Nations Human Development Report 2007/2008 11 August 2008: The UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Human

Development Report Office introduced the youth version of the 2007-2008 Human

Development Report on 11 August 2008. The youth version, entitled “Two degrees

of separation between hope and despair,” was prepared by young people between

the ages of 16 and 25, and offers an explanation of the climate change problem,

followed by mitigation and adaptation policies, and a call to action by young

people.

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