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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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WMO Secretariat Submits Draft Ministerial Statement for the World Climate Conference-3 [viewed]

World Climate Conference-3 - Climate prediction and information for decision-making September 2008: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Secretariat submitted, at the second meeting of the International Conference

Organizing Committee on 3-5 September 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland, the draft

notes for a ministerial statement to be adopted at the World Climate

Conference-3.

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Developed Countries to Lead the Global Warming Initiative [viewed]

Ban encourages new graduates to have global perspective on today's challenges 10 September 2008: In a speech at Fairleigh Dickinson University, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki moon outlined the challenges of the world today, including climate change, the food and energy crises, and the fear of a global financial crisis.

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Lecture by Yvo de Boer: “The need for global low-emissions economic development” at Korea Green Foundation [viewed]

Lecture by Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary<br /> United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change “The need for global low-emissions economic development”

9 September 2008: In a lecture given at the Korea Green

Foundation, in Seoul, Republic of Korea, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, provided an overview of climate change science and the state-of-play of negotiations under the Bali

Road Map. Noting that the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol will

end in 2012 and that science predicts warming will happen faster than

previously thought, he called for international action to combat climate change

to be “stepped up significantly.”

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World Bank Consultations on Development and Climate Change Continue [viewed]

Global Consultations - Development and Climate Change: A Strategic Framework for the World Bank Group September 2008: Global consultations for the development of

a “Strategic Framework on Development and Climate Change for the World Bank

Group” continue receiving comments online from civil society, until 15

September 2008.

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