UN Programme, Agency or Fund

CBD: Link between Biological Diversity and Climate Change Highlighted [viewed]

Poster_international_day_for_biolog22 May 2008: On the occasion of International Day for Biological Diversity (IBD), which was observed on 22 May 2008, UN and UNEP dignitaries stressed the nexus between biological diversity, food supply and climate change.

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UNDP-GEF Release Publication on Wind Energy [viewed]

Wind_energy_reportMay 2008: A new report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) highlights lessons learned from international experience on the promotion of wind energy.The report notes that 75% of installed wind energy capacity is found in just five countries. The report underscores the role of promoting policies to reduce costs, improve revenues and reduce risk for promoters, and the importance of market access and feed-in laws for providing long-term stability and predictability.

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WMO co-sponsored Workshop on Climate Change and the Offshore Industry to be held in Geneva [viewed]

May 2008: A workshop on “Climate change and the offshore industry,” co-sponsored by the WMO, Met-Ocean Committee of the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission through the Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology, and the World Climate Research Programme, will take place at WMO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, from 27-29 May 2008.

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UNIDO: Global Renewable Energy Forum Report [viewed]

Global_renewable_energy_forum21 May 2008: The Global Renewable Energy Forum was held at the Bourbon Cataratas Hotel, in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, from 18-21 May 2008.

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WMO/EU Symposium “Climate Change and Variability - Agro-Meteorological Monitoring and Coping Strategies for Agriculture” to be held in June [viewed]

May 2008: The symposium on “Climate Change and Variability - Agro-Meteorological Monitoring and Coping Strategies for Agriculture” will take place from 3-6 June 2008, in Oscarsborg, Norway. The symposium is organized under the auspices of the WMO Commission for Agricultural Meteorology and European Cooperation.

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WMO: Sixtieth Session of the WMO Executive Council to Address Climate Change [viewed]

May 2008: The sixtieth session of the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Executive Council is scheduled to convene from 18-27 June 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland. Climate-related issues will be discussed under several agenda items. Council members will be invited to express their views on the work plan for the designation process for WMO Regional Climate Centres and on the establishment of a mechanism to facilitate development of climate prediction services for adaptation in developing countries. WMO activities on socio-economic assessments and application of weather and climate services to the health, energy and tourism sectors and urbanization, as well as climate risk management, will also be addressed by the Council.

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WMO: Fourth Workshop on the Impact of Various Observing Systems on Numerical Weather Prediction [viewed]

Thorpex_logo_final_00021 May 2008: The Fourth WMO Workshop on the Impact of Various Observing Systems on Numerical Weather Prediction took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 19-21 May 2008. Workshop participants addressed a range of topics regarding global forecast impact studies, regional aspects of impact studies, and sensitivity, impact assessment techniques, and observation network design studies, as well as discussed workshop conclusions and recommendations.

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WMO Expert Team Discusses Climate Data Rescue and Preservation [viewed]

Wcdmp15 May 2008: The World Meteorological Organization's Expert Team on the Rescue, Preservation and Digitization of Climate Records met from 13-15 May 2008, in Bamako, Mali, to review the work of MEditerranean climate DAta REscue (MEDARE), which was established to develop, consolidate and progress climate data and metadata rescue activities across the Greater Mediterranean Region.

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UNESCO'S Cultural Ambassadors Address the Threat of Climate Change; Director-General Calls for an Integrated Approach [viewed]

Directorgeneral_unesco_convenes_goo21 May 2008: During their eighth annual gathering at UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris, France, UNESCO's 19 Goodwill Ambassadors acknowledged that the Planet has never been subjected to such rapid and profound changes in the environment, and committed themselves to work to raise awareness about global warming and the need to modify human behavior towards greater caution and solidarity.

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UN-HABITAT: Prevention Approaches Stressed in Face of Climate Change Refugees [viewed]

7 May 2008: UN-HABITAT intervened in the discussions on “land” during the sixteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, which met in New York, US, from 5-16 May 2008. Clarissa Augustinus, Chief, Land, Tenure and Property Administration Section, of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), noted that “climate change refugees will flood into the cities and as the cities grow to accommodate these refugees they will further impact their rural environs.”

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