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3 December: UNIDO Director-General Kandeh Yumkella and UN System Resident Coordinator for China Khalid Malik have launched a joint UNIDO-UNDP programme titled “Industrial Climate Change Compacts - A United Nations-Business Partnership for Sustainability.”
9 December 2008: The High-level Regional Policy Dialogue on “The Food-Fuel Crisis and Climate Change – Reshaping the Development Agenda,” organized by the Government of Indonesia and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), is convening in Denpasar, Indonesia, from 9-10 December 2008. The dialogue aims to identify strategies to address the impact of the food, energy and financial crises on Asia and the Pacific in the context of climate change, and prevent the triple crises from becoming a development emergency.
9 December 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have announced the completion of the nearly US$1 million Joint Geophysical Imaging project in Kenya. The project tested new seismic and drilling techniques to tap steam from hot underground rocks, and found wells of steam able to generate 4-5 MW of electricity, with one well yielding 8 MW.
6 December 2008: A new report released by the World Bank suggests that forecasting improvements in Europe and Central Asia can play a critical role in improving the economy and mitigating the impacts of disasters in the region. The report “Weather and Climate Services in Europe and Central Asia: A Regional Review” explains why improving weather monitoring systems can help mitigate damaging economic impacts of weather disasters, support increased productivity of agriculture, conserve energy, and promote safe aviation and transport by road and rail.
WMO and Oman Co-Sponsor International Conference on Indian Ocean Tropical Cyclones and Climate Change [viewed]
December 2008: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Government of Oman are co-sponsoring the International Conference on Indian Ocean Tropical Cyclones and Climate Change, which will take place from 8-11 March 2009, at the Sultan Qaboos University, Oman.
8 December 2008: On 2 December 2008, the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) promulgated its first 2008-2009 Climate Neutral Policy and Strategy, which was formulated in response to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's call and the 2008 decision of the UN Chief Executives Board to move the UN System towards climate neutral operations over the coming years.
8 December 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and three solar companies have issued a joint statement calling for widespread and rapid implementation of policies supporting solar energy as a major contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction.
6 December 2008: The second Forest Day event was held in Poznań, Poland, to facilitate discussions on the potential to incorporate forests into climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies at the global and national levels. Taking place in parallel with the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the UNFCCC, Forest Day 2 was co-hosted by the Centre for International Forest Research (CIFOR), the Government of Poland and the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), a partnership of 14 forest-related international organizations, chaired by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.