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Business-Environment Summit Considers Climate Change [viewed]

23 April 2008: The Global Business for the Environment Summit, jointly organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Global Compact, discussed business-driven solutions for mitigating and adapting to climate change. During the 22-23 April 2008 event in Singapore, UNEP announced that ten new participants had joined the Climate Neutral Network (CN Net). Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director said CN Net was "a small but growing band of countries, cities and corporations [who] are making the clear and explicit statement that aspiring to low – even zero – emission economies is not some unobtainable pipe-dream but a path to profitability, stability and sanity in an increasingly unstable world.

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FAO Releases Report on Gender and Equity Issues in Liquid Biofuels Production [viewed]

Fao21 April 2008: A new FAO study warns that the rapid expansion of large-scale production of liquid biofuels in developing countries could exacerbate the marginalization of women in rural areas and threaten their livelihoods. The study, entitled "Gender and Equity Issues in Liquid Biofuels Production – Minimizing the Risks to Maximize the Opportunities," discusses the potential gender-differentiated risks of liquid biofuels production and identifies research and policy strategies to better understand and address them.

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World Bank President Proposes “New Deal for a Global Food Policy” [viewed]

Robert_b_zoelliRobert B. Zoellick, World Bank President, called, on 2 April 2008, for a “New Deal for a Global Food Policy” to combat world hunger and malnutrition, in the face of skyrocketing food and oil prices, through a combination of emergency aid and long-term efforts to boost agricultural productivity in developing countries. Zoellick said the new deal is needed to combat the “forgotten” Millennium Development Goal of overcoming malnutrition, a problem that causes 3.5 million deaths a year in children under 5 and has long-lasting impacts on health and achievement. According to Zoellick, this new deal “should focus not only on hunger and nutrition, access to food and its supply, but also the interconnections with energy, yields, climate change, investment, the marginalization of women and others, and economic resiliency and growth.”

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UNDP Launches Adaptation Learning Mechanism [viewed]

AlmThe UN Development Programme's Adaptation Team has launched “Country Adaptation Profiles,” which are available for over 140 countries and provide two key services: linking climate change risks to national development priorities; and sharing up-to-date information on climate change adaptation, including ongoing efforts, science and assessments.

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World Health Day 2008 Focuses on Climate Change [viewed]

Margaret_chan_bioThe World Health Organization (WHO) celebrated World Health Day on 7 April 2008 under the theme “Protecting health from climate change.” WHO selected this theme in recognition of the diverse threats to global public health security that climate warming poses, including the changing dynamics of infectious diseases outbreaks; the recurrence of natural disasters; and intensification of deforestation, floods and desertification.

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UNESCO Executive Board to Consider UNESCO Strategy for Action on Climate Change [viewed]

Unesco_2The plenary sessions of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Board will convene from 7-9 and 16-17 April 2008.

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New Edition of UNESCO Courier Focuses on Climate Change [viewed]

Unesco_imageThe newest edition of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) flagship publication, the UNESCO Courier, focuses on climate change.

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UNDP Begins Implementing GEF Community-Based Adaptation Project [viewed]

Undp_logo2008: In accordance with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Strategic Priority on Adaptation, which aims to build up the resilience of small communities vis-à-vis climate change impacts, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has begun implementing the GEF-funded Community-Based Adaptation Project.

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Indian Climate Scientist Wins Top UN Meteorological Prize [viewed]

WmoThe World Meteorological Organization (WMO) awarded Jagadish Shukla, President of the Institute of Global of Environment and Society and Professor of Earth Sciences and Global Change, and Chairman of Climate Dynamics at George Mason University, the 52nd International Meteorological Organization (IMO) Prize.

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Switzerland Publishes First Report of the “National Climate Observing System (GCOS Switzerland)” [viewed]

Swiss_global_climate_observing_systThe Swiss Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Office has compiled the first inventory of the country's long-term climate data.

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