Mitigation

UNEP and ESCAP Hold Workshop on Air Quality and Climate Change Solutions in Asian Cities [viewed]

The Better Air Quality 2008 (BAQ 2008)

14 November 2008: The Better Air Quality 2008 workshop,

which took place from 12-14 November 2008, in Bangkok, Thailand, brought

together about 1,000 participants from over 35 countries and was organized

around the theme: “Air quality and climate change: scaling up win-win solutions

in Asia.”

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World Bank Moves Ahead with Energy for the Poor Initiative, Schedules Meeting in Paris [viewed]

Jamal Saghir, Director, Energy, Transport and Water, in the Sustainable Vice Presidency (SDNVP) of the World Bank 13 November 2008: The World Bank is moving ahead with the

Energy for the Poor initiative, a programme that seeks to provide rapid support

for countries' efforts to strengthen social safety nets to reduce the poor's

vulnerability to volatile fuel prices.

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UNEP Releases Report on Atmospheric Brown Clouds [viewed]

Cities Across Asia Get Dimmer: Impacts on Glaciers, Agriculture and the Monsoon Get Clearer

13 November 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

released a report on Atmospheric Brown Clouds (ABCs) that shows that, in

addition to affecting agriculture and human health, this layer of soot and

manmade particles can both aggravate, via the absorption of sunlight, and

counteract, via the reflection of sunlight and effects on cloud formation,

climate change due to greenhouse gases.

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UNECE to Hold Meeting on Energy Efficiency Investments for Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

Energy Efficiency 21 November 2008: The Steering Committee of the UN Economic

Commission for Europe (UNECE) Energy Efficiency 21 (EE21) project will hold the

12th session of the Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency Investments

for Climate Change Mitigation in Geneva, Switzerland, on 19 December 2008.

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ITU High-Level Meeting Discusses Emerging Trends, Including Climate Change [viewed]

ITU Council 2008 14 November 2008: The 63rd Session of the International

Telecommunication Union (ITU) Council opened with a High-Level Segment on

emerging trends in the information and communication technologies (ICT) sector,

including climate change and cybersecurity.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Creativity in Addressing the “Carbon Crunch” [viewed]

The 2008 Sustainability Summit 14 November 2008: In a video message to the Second Annual

Sustainability Summit, organized by the Los Angeles Business Council on 14

November 2008, in Los Angeles, California, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

stressed the need to be “more creative” in our efforts to change the course of

the unfolding “carbon crunch” and climate change crisis.

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CDM Executive Board Releases Annotated Agenda for its 44th Meeting [viewed]

12 November 2008: The proposed annotated agenda for the 44th

meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board has been

released.

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UNECE to Hold Experts Meeting on Cleaner Electricity and CCS [viewed]

UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) November 2008: The Second Session of the UN Economic

Commission for Europe (UNECE) Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity

Production from Coal and Other Fossil Fuels will be held on 17-18 November

2008, in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting is taking place in the framework of

the growing world demand for electricity and the push for more environmentally

sustainable power generation, which are projected to require massive

investments in the coming years.

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UNWTO Establishes Resilience Committee, Launches Energy Efficiency Initiative [viewed]

UNWTO Ministers' Summit 12 November 2008: The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO),

in partnership with the World Travel Market, held a Ministers' Summit at the

World Travel Market in London, UK, on 11 November 2008, under the theme

“Responding to the Economic Downturn and Staying on Course with the Climate and

Poverty Reduction Agenda.” During the meeting, a new UNWTO Resilience Committee

was announced.

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UN Secretary-General: “Financial Crisis is Most Immediate, the More Existential is Climate Change” [viewed]

Nukunonu Atoll seaside, one of the regions of the world vulnerable to climate change. Photo credit, United Nations. 11 November 2008: In a joint op-ed piece published in The International Herald Tribune on 10 November 2008 with Indonesian President

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and Danish Prime

Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for the

summit on the global financial crisis, scheduled to be held on 15 November

2008, in Washington DC, US, to seize the opportunity to tackle global warming.

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