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UN Secretary-General to World Federation of UN Associations Plenary Assembly: Copenhagen is a “Once-in-a-Generation Chance” [viewed]

© UN10 August 2009: Speaking in Seoul, Republic of Korea, at the 39th World Federation of UN Associations Plenary Assembly, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that climate change is “the greatest collective challenge we face as a human family.”

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Students to Apply Comprehensive Solutions to Global Challenges [viewed]

5 August 2009: In a video message to the First Global Model UN Conference, taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 5-7 August 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said students must play their part in applying comprehensive solutions to interconnected global challenges, including poverty, hunger, climate change and conflict.

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UNEP Report Illustrates How Energy Spending Stimulates Economic Growth and Creates Jobs [viewed]

© COPYRIGHTFOTO3 August 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Sustainable Energy Finance Initiative Public Finance Alliance (SEF Alliance) has published a report titled “Why Clean Energy Public Investment Makes Economic Sense – The Evidence Base,” which compiles and assesses evidence linking government clean energy spending with key indicators of economic health, such as job creation and growth.

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World Bank Announces Development Marketplace Finalists [viewed]

© World Bank August 2009: The World Bank has announced 100 finalists of the Development Marketplace contest on Climate Change Adaptation. Twenty-five of them will receive grants of up to US$200,000 to implement their projects over two years.

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Pacific Islands Forum Concludes with Call to Action on Climate Change [viewed]

© Pacific Islands Forum 6 August 2009: The 40th Pacific Islands Forum convened in Cairns, Australia, from 5-6 August 2009, and concluded with a call by Pacific leaders to action on climate change.

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IDB Organizes Regional Policy Dialogue on National and Sectoral Strategies and Programmes for Climate Change [viewed]

© IDB5 August 2009: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) organized a meeting of the network on Sustainable Energy, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management to discuss national and sectoral climate change strategies.

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IEA Releases Report on Methane Recovery [viewed]

© IEA5 August 2009: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report titled “Methane Recovery and Use: The Importance of Policy,” which highlights policies that have been used to advance methane projects in the oil and gas, landfill, coal mining and agricultural sectors.

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UNECE/FAO's Forest Products Annual Market Review Indicates an Increase in Use of Wood Energy [viewed]

© UNECE4 August 2009: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have released the Forest Products Annual Market Review for 2008-2009, which indicates that the economic crisis has impacted severely the forest products sector across the UNECE region, except for the wood energy sector.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Scenario Note for August Informal Consultations [viewed]

3 August 2009: In preparation for the intersessional informal consultations of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA), which will convene from 10-14 August 2009, in Bonn, Germany, the UNFCCC Secretariat has released the AWG-LCA scenario note.

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FAO Contribution to Upcoming World Summit on Food Security Addresses Agricultural Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

© FAO31 July 2009: Jacques Diouf, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General, has sent a document to Ministers for Foreign Affairs, Development Cooperation and Agriculture of members of FAO and the UN to initiate the negotiation of a declaration for adoption by the World Summit of Heads of State and Government on Food Security, scheduled to take place from 16-18 November 2009, in Rome, Italy.

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