Adaptation

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. Committee members were presented with an overview

of key activities over the past year and with feedback from sponsors regarding

future development of GCOS.

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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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WMO Fourth International Workshop on Monsoons Opens in Beijing [viewed]

World Weather Research Programme (WWRP)

20 October 2008: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Fourth International Workshop on Monsoons is taking place from 20–25 October

2008, in Beijing, China. The workshop is part of the WMO major quadrennial

symposia and workshops series under the World Weather Research Programme

(WWRP).

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UN Secretary-General Urges Closer Relations Between UN and Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies [viewed]

United Nations 20 October 2008: In a message to the International

Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies' seventh Pan African

Conference, taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 19-22 October

2008, Cheick Sidi Diarra, the Secretary-General's High Representative for the

Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island

Developing States, on behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, called for

strengthening the relationship between the UN and the International Federation.

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G-8 Meeting to Address Financial Crisis [viewed]

18 October 2008: During a meeting on the sidelines of the

Francophonie Summit, which convened in Quebec City, Canada, from 17-19 October

2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and French President Nicolas Sarkozy

agreed on the need to hold an emergency G-8 summit to address the financial

crisis and ensure that its negative impact on the world's economies does not

undermine the major UN efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, to

fight against the effects of climate change and to address the food crisis.

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CBD Secretariat Posts List of Participants to Receive Funding for Participation in Indigenous Peoples' Consultation on REDD [viewed]

17 October 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on

Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the UN University's

Traditional Knowledge Initiative and Tebtebba, has announced the beneficiaries

of financial assistance for participation in the Global Indigenous Peoples'

Consultation on Potential Impacts of “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and

Forest Degradation (REDD)” on Indigenous and Local Communities (12-14 November

2008, Baguio City, Philippines).

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FAO/IAEA Highlight Role of Nuclear Technology in Developing Climate-Resilient Crops [viewed]

New Plant Varieties Developed to Thrive Despite Climate Change 19 October 2008: On World Food Day, celebrated on 18

October, the Joint UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)/International

Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Division of Nuclear techniques in Food and

Agriculture (NAFA) highlighted the role of nuclear technology in developing new

crop varieties that can withstand climate-induced external stress, such as

drought, and thereby contributing to achieving sustainable food security.

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UN Secretary General: EU's Climate Actions Could Spur “Green” Growth [viewed]

17 October 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated

that EU proposals on tackling climate change could spur “green” growth and

generate millions of new jobs.

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ESCAP Executive Secretary: Political Will Needed for Asia-Pacific to Switch to a “Virtuous Cycle of Sustainable Energy” [viewed]

UN Under-Secretary-General Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific 17 October 2008: Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), gave a presentation at a discussion entitled “Securing Asia's Energy Future” held by the Asia Society, in New York, US, on 16 October.

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Pacific Year of Climate Change 2009 Launched [viewed]

Pacific Climate Change Roundtable 17 October 2008: The Pacific Climate Change Roundtable, which took place from 13-17 October 2008, in Apia, Samoa, was organized by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

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