Adaptation

UNGA Second Committee Calls for Increased International Aid to Countries Affected by El Niño Phenomenon [viewed]

Sixty-third UN General Assembly 18 November 2008: The Second Committee (Economic and

Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), at its 63rd session, approved by

consensus a draft resolution calling on the international community to step up

assistance to countries affected by the El Niño phenomenon.

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CBD Expert Group on Biodiversity and Climate Change Convenes [viewed]

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) 17 November 2008: Addressing the first meeting of the Ad Hoc

Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Biodiversity and Climate Change of the

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which is meeting from 17-21 November

2008, in London, UK, CBD Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf recalled that the

Group's objective is to provide biodiversity-relevant information to the UNFCCC

through the provision of scientific and technical advice and assessment on the

integration of the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity into

climate change mitigation and adaptation activities.

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UNEP Launches Green Star Awards [viewed]

Green Star Awards 17 November 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has

launched, with Green Cross International and the UN Office for the Coordination

of Humanitarian Affairs, the Green Star Awards.

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UN Secretary-General Appoints Assistant Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

 International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) 17 November 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has

appointed Margareta Wahlström (Sweden) as Assistant Secretary-General for

Disaster Risk Reduction and the Secretary-General's Special Representative for

the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action in the Secretariat for the

International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR).

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GEF Council Re-elects Monique Barbut as CEO, Approves Climate-Related Projects [viewed]

Monique Barbut, GEF CEO & Chairperson 14 November 2008: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council re-elected Monique Barbut as CEO during its biannual meeting, which took place from 11-13 November 2008, in Washington DC, US. The Council also renewed efforts to scale up technology transfer to developing countries looking to mitigate and adapt to climate change challenges, by approving projects amounting to US$50 million for climate-related activities.

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IPCC Bureau to Plan for Fifth Assessment Report [viewed]

November 2008: The 38th Session of the Bureau of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is scheduled to convene from 24-25 November 2008, at World Meteorological Organization (WMO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

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WMO Workshop Addresses Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation to Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries [viewed]

WMO Workshop Addresses Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation to Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 18 November 2008: The Workshop on Climate Change Impacts and

Adaptation to Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries at the National and Regional

Levels, jointly co-organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO),

the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Southeast Climate Consortium

(SECC) of the US, opened on 18 November 2008 in Orlando, Florida, US, and will

conclude on 21 November.

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WFP, IFAD Contribute to Weather-Indexed Insurance Schemes for Developing Country Farmers [viewed]

Flood ordeal for Palestinians stuck on Iraq-Syria border 17 November 2008: The UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), supported by the

Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation, are launching a programme to increase access

by farmers in developing countries to weather-indexed insurance schemes.

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UN Secretary-General at G20 Summit Underlines Potential to Spur Green Growth [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets today with Madeleine Albright, former United States Secretary of State, ahead of G-20 meeting 17 November 2008: On 14 and 15 November 2008, UN

Secretary-General was in Washington, DC, US, to take part in the Group of 20

(G20) Financial Summit. In a statement to the assembled leaders, Ban Ki-moon

stated that “today's financial crisis should not evolve into tomorrow's human

crisis,” adding that leaders should not use it to justify neglecting other

critical issues such as poverty and hunger, the food crisis, and climate

change.

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IFPRI Studies Reveal Constraints to Climate Change Adaptation in African Agriculture [viewed]

New Study Identifies Farmers' Options and Obstacles to Adapting to Climate Change 12 November 2008: A series of studies conducted by the

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) identify the options and

obstacles African smallholder framers face in adapting to climate change.

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