Mitigation

FAO Calls for Information on Underutilized Bioenergy Crops [viewed]

Global Partnership Initiative for Plant Breeding Capacity Building August 2008: The Global Partnership Initiative for Plant Breeding Capacity Building (GIPB), a platform and partnership of public, private and civil society institutions hosted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in collaboration with the FAO Inter-Departmental Working Group on Bioenergy, has called for expanded, up-to-date information on genetic resources and breeding of selected underutilized species, together with detailed analysis of their potential as bioenergy crops adaptable to sustainable smallholder production systems.

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“New-look” UNFCCC Newsletter Published [viewed]

New-look UNFCCC newsletter

August 2008: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a new-look

newsletter, which, in addition to sections on mitigation, adaptation, finance

and technology, includes a special focus on reducing emissions from

deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and a summary of

key UNFCCC statements.

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UNCCD Launches Webpage on Land and Climate [viewed]

Focus on both land and climate. Photo credit, UNCCD 13 August 2008: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has launched a new webpage on the

interrelationship between land and climate. The webpage highlights that soil

can make a difference in addressing climate change issues, and presents

information on land and climate change, land degradation and poverty, energy

security, food security, and UNCCD processes to address climate change and

soil.

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IAEA Deputy Director General Stresses the Potential Role of Induced Mutations in Plants in Curbing Climate Change Effects [viewed]

Mr. Werner Burkart, IAEA Deputy Director General, Head of the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications. Photo credit, IAEA 12 August 2008: In a speech delivered during the opening of the Food and Agriculture Organization/International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) International Symposium on Induced Mutations in Plants, Werner Burkart, IAEA

Deputy Director General, noted that in 2008, the international community became conscience of the links between climate change, the food and energy crises and hunger.

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Young Somalis Should Engage in Tackling Climate Change [viewed]

Youth can help curb climate change effects in Somalia

12 August 2008: On the occasion of International Youth Day,

celebrated on 12 August, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Somalia Deputy

Representative, Hannan Sulieman, underscored the role young people can play in

helping to tackle climate change.

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UNFF Secretariat Calls for Information for Secretary-General's Reports on Forests and Climate Change [viewed]

Call for information on progress made on the implementation of the non-legally binding instrument on all types of forests (NLBI) and achievement of the global objectives on forests August 2008: The Secretariat of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) has called for the submission of national information on the

implementation of the Non-Legally Binding Instrument on All Types of Forests

(NLBI) and progress towards the achievement of the four Global Objectives on

Forests.

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Sustainability Standards for Biofuels Endorsed [viewed]

UN-backed expert group takes steps to establish new biofuel standard 13 August 2008: A UN-backed expert group, the Steering Board on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB), has endorsed a draft sustainability standard that would evaluate the economic, social and environmental effects of biofuels over their entire life-cycle.

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Draft General Assembly Resolution on Threats to Climate Change to International Peace and Security to be Discussed [viewed]

12 August 2008: The Permanent Missions of Pacific Small Island

Developing States (PSIDS) and co-sponsoring States are convening a discussion

on a draft UN General Assembly resolution on the threat of climate change to

international peace and security resolution on 15 August 2008, at UN

Headquarters in New York, US.

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UN-HABITAT: Sustainable Communities Course to Examine Risk and Vulnerability Reduction of Cities [viewed]

Teaching sustainable urban development 12 August 2008: A two-week course on Sustainable Communities has commenced in Bangkok, Thailand, bringing together 28 urban professionals representing academia, NGOs, local

authorities and central government agencies from 15 African and Asian

countries.

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CBD Notification on Preparations for the Global Biodiversity Outlook [viewed]

7 August 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on

Biological Diversity (CBD) has notified organizations participating in the

Biodiversity Indicators Partnership about the timetable for preparing the third

edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-3) and has invited these

organizations to make the latest scientific information available for the

Outlook.

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