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UN/ISDR: International Day for Disaster Reduction to Focus on Making Hospitals Safe from Disasters [viewed]

 International Day for Disaster Reduction September 2008: The 2008 International Day for Disaster

Reduction, celebrated on 8 October, will focus on making hospitals and health

facilities safe from disaster. The Day will be part of the UN International

Strategy for Disaster Reduction's (UN/ISDR) new World Disaster Reduction

Campaign 2008-2009: Hospitals Safe from Disasters.

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UN Secretary-General Appoints Two New Climate Change Envoys [viewed]

Festus Mogae, former president of Botswana 18 September 2008: The UN Secretary-General has appointed

Festus Mogae, former President of Botswana, and Srgjan Kerim, outgoing

President of the UN General Assembly, as Special Envoys on climate change.

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FAO Releases Figures on Impact of High Food Prices on Hunger and Poverty [viewed]

Hunger on the rise. Soaring prices add 75 million people to global hunger rolls 18 September 2008: On the eve of the opening of the 63rd

session of the UN General Assembly, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization

(FAO) released a briefing paper on the impact of high food prices on hunger,

which states that rising food prices pushed 75 million more people into hunger

and threatens efforts to realize the goal of halving the number of those in

hunger by 2015. The paper will inform a high-level event on the Millennium

Development Goals (MDGs), to be held on 25 September.

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UNEP Announces Tenth Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans to Consider Climate Change Challenges [viewed]

September 2008: The Tenth Global Meeting of the Regional

Seas Conventions and Action Plans will take place in Guayaquil, Ecuador, from

25-27 November 2008.

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WMO and ISO Strengthen Partnership [viewed]

WMO headquarters, Geneva, 16 September 2008 — Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of WMO, and Alan Bryden, Secretary General of ISO 17 September 2008: The World Meteorological Organization

(WMO) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) have agreed

to increase their cooperation in the development of international standards

related to meteorological and hydrological data, products and services.

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UN Secretary-General Marks International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, Highlights Need for Climate Change Agreement [viewed]

UN Secretary-General's Message on the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 16 September 2008: International Day for the Preservation of

the Ozone Layer was celebrated on 16 September 2008, with the theme "Montreal

Protocol – Global partnership for global benefits." In the UN Secretary-General's message

recognizing the day, Ban Ki-moon emphasized that the success of the Protocol

demonstrates that environmental protection can be sustained through economic

downturns, and encouraged governments to look for synergies among multilateral

environmental agreements as the Parties to the Protocol did when deciding to

accelerate the phase-out of hydrochlorofluorocarbons.

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Marking International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, WMO Highlights State of the Ozone Layer, Links to Climate Change [viewed]

The ozone hole of 2008 is larger than in 2007 16 September 2008: Marking International Day for the

Preservation of the Ozone Layer, which was celebrated on 16 September 2008, the

World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released data showing that the ozone

hole is already larger in 2008 than it was in 2007, emphasized that the need

for continued ozone measurements to monitor the ozone hole, and highlighted the

Montreal Protocol's climate benefits.

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WFP, FAO, IFAD and World Bank Urge EU to Provide Assistance to Ease Global Food Crisis [viewed]

Josette Sheeran, WFP's Executive Director 15 September 2008: Leaders of the Rome-based UN agencies,

the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), World Food Programme

(WFP) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), together with

the World Bank, presented a common statement to the European Parliament's

Development Committee, urging it to take the lead in providing assistance to

help farmers cope with surging food and commodity prices.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Global Solution to Climate Change Crisis [viewed]

15 September 2008: Noting that media interest in climate

change issues has been fading since the release of the Intergovernmental Panel

on Climate Change's Fourth Assessment Report in November 2008, UN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the importance of cooperation among

all sectors of society to tackle this challenge.

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UNESCO: International Symposium on the Water-Energy Nexus to Convene [viewed]

September 2008: An International Symposium on ‘Resolving the Water-Energy Nexus' will be held in Paris, France, from 26-28 November 2008. The Symposium will convene within the framework of the UN Educational,

Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) International Hydrological Programme (IHP) in collaboration with UNESCO's Renewable Energy Programme, and will be organized by the non-profit association RED-Ethique.

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