Mitigation

African Ministers Pledge to Develop the Continent's Water Resources for Agriculture and Energy [viewed]

Water for Agriculture and Energy in Africa: the Challenges of Climate Change

17 December 2008: During the ministerial conference “Water for Agriculture and Energy in Africa: the Challenges of Climate Change,” held from 15-17 December 2008, in Sirte, Libya, ministers from 53 African countries adopted the Sirte Declaration, in which they pledge to promote water development throughout the continent to fully exploit Africa's agricultural and hydroenergy potential.

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SEED Initiative Calls for Nominations [viewed]

SEED Initiative December 2008: The SEED Initiative, a global network founded in 2002 by IUCN, the UN Development Programme and the UN Environment Programme to contribute towards the goals in the UN's Millennium Declaration and the commitments made at the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development, has called for nominations for its annual award.

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UNCCD Promotes Use of Biochar at UN Climate Change Conference [viewed]

L-R: Barney Dickson, UNEP; Robert Flanagan, Charion; Moderator Gregoire De Kalbermatten; Debbie Reed, International Biochar Initiative; Sergio Zelaya, UNCCD Secretariat. December 2008: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) presented a submission, titled Use of biochar (charcoal) to replenish soil carbon pools, restore soil fertility and sequester carbon dioxide, to the fourth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA4), which convened in Poznań, Poland, from 1-10 December 2008.

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UN Secretary-General: 2009 Will Be “The Year of Climate Change” [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 17 December 2008: In his last press conference for 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that the coming year promises to be as difficult as 2008, which he called “the year of multiple crises.” He added that 2009 will be “the year of climate change” and noted progress made in Poznań, Poland, at the UNFCCC conference.

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UN Global Compact Office Executive Director Highlights Merits of a “Green Deal” [viewed]

UN Global Compact= 17 December 2008: During a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York, US, George Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact Office, noted that businesses worldwide are recognizing that social and environmental governance issues are essential for long-term profitability.

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UN Secretary-General Urges Investment in Clean Technologies and Green Jobs [viewed]

The Association of Caribbean States 15 December 2008: Joel Boutroe, UN Humanitarian Coordinator/Resident Coordinator for Haiti, delivered a statement on behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a seminar on Climate Change and the Environment, which convened in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on 13 December 2008. In the statement, Ban noted the urgent need “to come together as a global community” to find common solutions to common problems such as climate change.

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UN Secretary-General Highlights South-South Cooperation's Role in Combating Climate Change [viewed]

15 December 2008: In a message to mark the celebration of the UN Day for South-South Cooperation, observed on 19 December, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that the global financial, food and climate change crises call for greater cooperation among developing countries.

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UNIDO Announces 2009 Global Forum on Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency to Convene in Mexico [viewed]

Global Forum on Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency in Mexico 15 December: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has announced that the 2009 Global Forum on Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency will be hosted by the Government of Mexico in the last quarter of 2009.

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UNWTO Highlights Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria [viewed]

Integrating Tourism into Adaptation to Climate Change in the Maldives November 2008: In the UN World Tourism Organization's (UNWTO) latest Sustainable Development of Tourism (SDT) e-bulletin, the organization highlights the launch of the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria, the Sustainable Tourism Policy Initiative at World Heritage Sites, Climate Change and Tourism, and Climate Change in the Maldives.

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UN Deputy Secretary-General: Addressing Recent Multiple Crises Should Not Deflect Efforts to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro 15 December 2008: Speaking at a meeting of the UN General Assembly on the “follow-up to the outcome of the Millennium Summit: specific meeting focused on development,” taking place in New York, US, on 15 December 2008, UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro warned that the food, fuel and financial crises threaten to undo poverty reduction efforts.

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