Mitigation

UN Secretary-General: Turning Away from the Climate Challenge Would Be a “Double Blow” [viewed]

23 October 2008: On accepting the UN Association-New York Humanitarians of the Year Award, in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon thanked the Association for paying tribute to all the scientists, advocates and others “who have done so much at the UN to advance the climate change agenda over the years.” He underlined that turning away from the climate challenge while addressing the financial crisis would be “a double blow,” stressing the “enormous benefits” that can be drawn from making the transition to a low-carbon economy and addressing “one of the defining issues of our times.”

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UN-HABITAT: State of the World's Cities Report Underlines Coastal Cities' Vulnerability to Climate Change [viewed]

State of the World's Cities 2008/2009

23 October 2008: The UN Human Settlements Programme

(UN-HABITAT) has launched “State of the World's Cities 2008/2009: Harmonious

Cities,” a flagship report published every two years by the UN agency.

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Caribbean States' Vulnerability to Climate Change Stressed at UN Press Conference [viewed]

Association of Caribbean States 23 October 2008: At a press conference at UN Headquarters in

New York, US, representatives of the Association of Caribbean States said

countries of the Caribbean region were headed for “hard and difficult times”

unless they took action on climate change, with the cooperation and support of

the international community.

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UN Day 2008 Raises Awareness of Climate Change [viewed]

UN Day 2008 23 October 2008: UN Day is observed annually worldwide on 24

October to commemorate the founding of the Organization in October 1945. To

celebrate UN Day 2008, the UN agencies in Japan will present a topical seminar

entitled “Climate Change: What We Can Do,” which aims to help the public better

understand the range of activities through which the UN is addressing the

challenge of climate change.

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IEA Holds International Workshop on Energy Efficiency Strategies [viewed]

Innovations in National Energy Efficiency Strategies and Action Plans 21 October 2008: The International Energy Agency (IEA), the European Commission and the European Energy Network hosted an international workshop in Paris, France, on 21 October 2008, on “Innovations in National Energy Efficiency Strategies and Action Plans.” The workshop aimed to encourage the development of high-quality energy efficiency strategies and plans that lead to significant improvements in energy efficiency.

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UN Deputy Secretary-General: Climate Change Could Derail Africa's MDG Prospects [viewed]

21 October 2008: Speaking at the ninth Regional Consultation

Mechanism (RCM) meeting of UN agencies and organizations working in Africa,

which took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, UN Deputy Secretary-General

Asha-Rose Migiro warned that the global financial crisis, compounded by food

shortages and the effects of climate change, could “derail Africa's prospects”

of attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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UN Secretary-General Urges EU to Complete Energy and Climate Package, Addresses Financial and Climate Crises [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 22 October 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has

addressed the climate and financial crises in a number of meetings and

statements in the past two days. He has sent letters to the heads of the EU

states, encouraging the EU to conclude its energy and climate package by the

end of 2008, in order to provide a positive signal to the international

community in its negotiations on emission reduction commitments for the

post-2012 period.

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UNEP Launches Green Economy Initiative [viewed]

UNEP Launches Green Economy Initiative to Get the Global Markets Back to Work 22 October 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a Green Economy Initiative, which seeks to respond to the global economic downturn by focusing economic growth and job creation in environmental industries.

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UNFCCC: Informal Meeting of Experts Convenes on Methodological Issues Relating to Reducing Emissions from Forest Degradation in Developing Countries [viewed]

Informal Meeting of Experts on Methodological Issues relating to Reducing Emissions from Forest Degradation in Developing Countries

22 October 2008: Representatives from parties, intergovernmental

organizations, and nongovernmental organizations met in Bonn, Germany, from

20-21 October 2008, to discuss methodological concerns relating to reducing

emissions from forest degradation in developing countries (REDD).

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ITU Urges ICT Industry and Standards Leaders to Reduce their Carbon Footprint [viewed]

Global Standards Symposium meets in Johannesburg

21 October 2008: Speaking at the International

Telecommunication Union (ITU) Global Standards Symposium, held on 20 October

2008, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Malcolm Johnson, ITU Telecommunication

Standardization Bureau Director, called on the information and communication

technology (ICT) industry to play its role in addressing climate change.

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