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ITU Symposia to focus on combating climate change with technology [viewed]

Itu_2The UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will be organizing an International Symposia on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Climate Change, to take place in Kyoto, Japan, from 15-16 April, and in London, UK, from 17-18 June.

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UN Secretary-General Ban Addresses Climate Links with Development: Recent Statements Regarding Climate Change [viewed]

Ban_kimoonIn his 1 April 2008 address to the UN General Assembly's thematic debate on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that “development progress is gravely threatened by the effects of climate change and other major environmental challenges.” He highlighted that changes in our natural environment “can have adverse impacts on economic and social development,” and emphasized developing countries' need for “additional assistance and resources to support their adaptation efforts,” given their limited technological and financial resources.

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GEF and UNDP Support Biomass Gasifier Plant in India [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF)/UNDP, India Canada Environment Facility (ICEF), and the Government of Karnataka, India, are supporting a biomass gasifier plant, which uses carbon neutral biomass to produce electricity for rural villages.

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Associate Administrator Identifies Poverty-Energy and Climate Issues as a Defining Element for UNDP's Profile [viewed]

Ad Melkert, the UN Development Programme's Associate Administrator, identified connecting poverty-energy and climate issues as one of eight defining elements for UNDP's profile.

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Towards A Strategic Framework On Climate Change And Development For The World Bank Group [viewed]

WorldbankThe World Bank has released a concept and issues paper that develops a draft for a comprehensive Strategic Framework on Climate Change and Development (SFCCD) for the World Bank Group (WBG). The draft will be subject to public consultations and proposed for endorsement by the Board in September 2008.

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Group Discusses Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions [viewed]

TsunamiThe Third Session of the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (ICG/CARIBE EWS-III) convened in Panama City, Panama, from 12-14 March 2008.

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WMO Celebrates World Meteorological Day [viewed]

World_meteorological_organizationIn commemoration of the entry into force of the World Meterological Organization (WMO) Convention, which created the WMO on 23 March 1950, the WMO and the meteorological community celebrated World Meteorological Day on 25 March 2008.

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UNCCD Executive Secretary Emphasizes Drought Preparedness and Management Along with Drought Monitoring and Early Warning Systems [viewed]

Luc_gnacadjaIn his statement to mark 2008 World Meteorological Day, UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja emphasized the increasing frequency of extreme weather and climate events, including droughts and water scarcity, and highlighted that “Desertification, land degradation and drought are strongly linked to climate change, soil degradation and biodiversity.”

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2010 Global Forest Assessment to Provide Input to Climate Change Debate [viewed]

Fao_2The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has called upon countries to participate in preparing the next Global Forest Resources Assessment, the most comprehensive data collection on the state of the world's forests to date.

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Climate Change will Aggravate Africa's Food Insecurity and Poverty [viewed]

Josue_dioneCalling for a new business approach to African agriculture, the UN Economic Commission for Africa's (UNECA) Director of Food Security and Sustainable Development, Josue Dione, said in Addis Ababa that climate change would aggravate the continent's food insecurity and poverty. In a paper presented at the international conference on “Science with Africa,” Dione said Africa would experience a 10 percent decrease in rainfall in Southern Africa and the Horn of Africa by 2050.

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