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UNFCCC Secretariat Signs MOUs on Exchange of CDM Data [viewed]

Memorandum_of_understanding22 May 2008: The UNFCCC Secretariat has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with the Institute for Global Environment Strategies (IGES), based in Japan, and UNEP Risoe, in Denmark, to ensure that the organizations receive a faster, smoother flow of information related to the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

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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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‘Billion Tree Campaign' Blossoms to Seven Times its Size [viewed]

Btc13 May 2008: The UN's “Billion Tree Campaign,” a grassroots campaign to plant trees around the globe, recently announced it has raised its target from one billion to seven billion trees. The campaign was launched in 2006 by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) as a response to the threat of global warming and other sustainability challenges related to biodiversity loss and water supply.   Since its launch, the campaign has resulted in the planting of two billion trees, over half of which have been planted in African countries.

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Winners of UNEP Award Urge Action on Climate Change [viewed]

Winners22 April 2008: The 2008 Champions of the Earth awards were presented in Singaporein conjunction with the annual Business for the Environment Summit (B4E). The recipients of the award, according to Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), are linked by “a clear thread – climate change.”

UNEP Press release | Earth Winners | UNEP Champions of the Earth website | Achim Steiner's speech.

Photo: Winners of UNEP Champions of the Earth Awards 2008.

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World Migratory Bird Day Focuses on Biodiversity [viewed]

11 May 2008: Celebrated on 10-11 May 2008, World Migratory Bird Day 2008, organized under the auspices of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) and the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), sent a “clear signal to world leaders that more needs to be done to halt the loss of biodiversity and to increase national and international efforts to protect the network of sites required by migratory birds.” Although the exact reasons for the global declines are complex and vary from species to species and from flyway to flyway, the overall decline in bird numbers may be linked to the loss of habitats and biodiversity worldwide. The loss and fragmentation of essential habitats is being further compounded by the effects of climate change.

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Biodiversity Loss Affects Human Health - Study [viewed]

24 April 2008: According to a new book, a new generation of medical treatments may be lost unless the current rate of biodiversity loss is reversed. The book, Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity, was supported by UNEP, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the UN Development Programme and IUCN, and was edited and written by Eric Chivian and Aaron Bernstein, from Harvard Medical School, along with more than 100 contributing scientists.

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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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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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UNEP Announces Climate Neutral Network [viewed]

The Climate Neutral Network (CN Net), an initiative to catalyze international response to global warming, has been launched by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in cooperation with the UN Environment Management Group.

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Barcelona Convention Parties Adopt Protocol on Coastal Zone Management [viewed]

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The 15th Ordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean (Barcelona Convention) and its Protocols took place in Almeria, Spain, from 15-18 January 2008.

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