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UN Secretary-General Calls for Global Leadership to Tackle Current Crises [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses a high-level General Assembly meeting on the development needs of Africa: State of Implementation of Various Commitments, Challenges and the Way Forward. 23 September 2008: In his speech to the opening of the

General Debate of the 63rd session of the UN General Assembly, UN Secretary-General

Ban Ki-moon recalled that the global food, energy and financial crises, as well

as the challenge of climate change, demand global solutions.

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UNGA President Stresses the Need for Solidarity [viewed]

Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann, President of the 63rd session of the General Assembly 23 September 2008: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Miguel D'Escoto, opened its annual High-Level debate by stating that the confluence of global interrelated crises, including climate change, high food prices, disasters and financial troubles, highlight the need to overturn the culture of selfishness and shift towards solidarity.

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UN Secretary-General Appoints Two New Climate Change Envoys [viewed]

Festus Mogae, former president of Botswana 18 September 2008: The UN Secretary-General has appointed

Festus Mogae, former President of Botswana, and Srgjan Kerim, outgoing

President of the UN General Assembly, as Special Envoys on climate change.

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WMO and ISO Strengthen Partnership [viewed]

WMO headquarters, Geneva, 16 September 2008 — Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of WMO, and Alan Bryden, Secretary General of ISO 17 September 2008: The World Meteorological Organization

(WMO) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) have agreed

to increase their cooperation in the development of international standards

related to meteorological and hydrological data, products and services.

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WFP, FAO, IFAD and World Bank Urge EU to Provide Assistance to Ease Global Food Crisis [viewed]

Josette Sheeran, WFP's Executive Director 15 September 2008: Leaders of the Rome-based UN agencies,

the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), World Food Programme

(WFP) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), together with

the World Bank, presented a common statement to the European Parliament's

Development Committee, urging it to take the lead in providing assistance to

help farmers cope with surging food and commodity prices.

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European Parliament Calls for Increasing the Global Alliance Against Climate Change's Budget [viewed]

16 September 2008: The European Parliament's Development Committee has adopted a report arguing that the budget proposed by the European Commission to help developing countries fight climate change is not enough, and suggesting that the Global Climate Change Alliance should receive at least 25% of the revenue of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.

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UNESCO: International Symposium on the Water-Energy Nexus to Convene [viewed]

September 2008: An International Symposium on ‘Resolving the Water-Energy Nexus' will be held in Paris, France, from 26-28 November 2008. The Symposium will convene within the framework of the UN Educational,

Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) International Hydrological Programme (IHP) in collaboration with UNESCO's Renewable Energy Programme, and will be organized by the non-profit association RED-Ethique.

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IDB Launches Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard, Invites Comments [viewed]

12 September 2008: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) released a tool known as the “Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard” during the fourth Annual Western Hemisphere Energy Security and Cooperation Forum, held on 9 September 2008, at IDB's headquarters in Washington, DC, US.

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ECOWAS Commission President Reports on Food Crisis Impacts in West African Economies [viewed]

Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) 10 September 2008: Presenting his report on the status of

the Community Work Programme, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, President of the Economic

Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, highlighted the economic

impacts of the increase of food and commodity prices in West African States.

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WMO Co-organizes Workshop on Climate Product Generation, User Liaison and Training in Polar Regions [viewed]

11 September 200

8: A workshop on climate product generation,

user liaison and training in Polar Regions, co-organized under the World

Meteorological Organization's (WMO) project on Climate Information and

Prediction Services (CLIPS) by the World Climate Research Programme and the

Committee for International Polar Year, took place from 8-11 September 2008, in

St. Petersburg, Russian Federation. Workshop

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