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Global Climate Observing System Steering Committee Convenes [viewed]

17 October 2008: The sixteenth session of the Global Climate

Observing System (GCOS) Steering Committee took place from 14-17 October 2008,

in Geneva, Switzerland. The GCOS Steering Committee is a group of experts

selected for their personal expertise and appointed jointly by the GCOS

sponsoring organizations – the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the

International Council for Science (ICSU) – to formulate the overall concept and

scope of GCOS and to provide scientific and technical guidance to the

sponsoring and participating agencies for the planning, implementation and

further development of GCOS.

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UN Global Compact and UNEP Convene First Meeting of ‘Caring for Climate' Initiative [viewed]

Nukunonu Atoll seaside, one of the regions of the world vulnerable to climate change 21 October 2008: Representatives of over 150 corporations,

civil society organizations, governments and UN agencies gathered in Geneva,

Switzerland, on 21 October 2008, for the first meeting of signatories to

‘Caring for Climate,' a voluntary global action platform jointly launched in

2007 by the UN Global Compact, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

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GEF and UNEP Commission Study on Weather Insurance for Wind Power Farms [viewed]

9 October 2008: Commissioned by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Paris Re and Marsh have produced an index-based weather cover for the wind energy sector. The study analyzes the technical, legal and financial feasibility of implementing weather coverage in Mexico.

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UNU Hosts Environmental Refugee Conference [viewed]

UN premises at Langer Eugen Bonn 9 October 2008: The UN University (UNU) is hosting the

International Conference on Environment, Forced Migration and Social

Vulnerability, which is taking place in Bonn, Germany, from 9-11 October 2008.

The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), UN Environment Programme

(UNEP), and International Organization for Migration (IOM) are among the

Conference's organizing partners. Participants have been asked to capture the

current state of research and debate on the issue, and to conclude with

recommendations for moving forward.

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World Resources Report 2008: Roots of Resilience [viewed]

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2008 edition of the World Resources Report argues that properly designed

enterprises can create economic, social, and environmental resilience that

cushion the impacts of climate change, and help provide needed social

stability.

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UNEP Children's Art Exhibit Focuses on Climate Change [viewed]

Paint for the Planet 7 October 2008: The website for ‘Paint for the Planet,'

which features climate change-themed paintings from the UN Environment

Programme's (UNEP) International Children's Painting Competition, was launched

on 7 October 2008.

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UNEP Announces Projects to Prove Investments in Nature-Based Assets Serve as Key Adaptation Measures [viewed]

Country Pilots to Prove Investments in Nature-Based Assets Give High Economic, Social and Environmental Rate of Return 6 October 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in

cooperation with governments, is drawing up some projects to demonstrate that

re-investing in damaged ecosystems can generate significant economic,

environmental and social returns.

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Germany Increases Support to UNEP's Clean Energy and Climate Change Adaptation Efforts [viewed]

German Government Invests $18 Million to Support Clean Energy and Climate Change Adaptation 3 October 2008: During a meeting with UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner, at UNEP's headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, German Federal Minister for the Environment Sigmar Gabriel announced that his country will increase its funding for the organization's work on clean energy and climate proofing vulnerable economies.

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Global Forum for Sport and Environment Focuses on Climate Change [viewed]

Global Forum for Sport and Environment (G-ForSE) October 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), with the

Global Sports Alliance of Japan and Volvo, hosted the 2008 Global Forum for

Sport and Environment in Alicante, Spain, from 4-6 October 2008.

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UNEP and UNESCO Release Youth Training Kit to Keep the Planet “Cool” [viewed]

YouthXchange Training Kit 1 October 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the

UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have released an

updated version of the YouthXchange Training Kit, which seeks to promote

sustainable consumption among youth worldwide. The joint initiative aims to

change purchasing patterns by reducing waste from discarded products such as

mobile phones and outdated fashion, while engaging youth in the fight against

climate change.

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