Technology

UN Secretary-General: Poznan Should Signal International Resolve to Reach 2009 Climate Agreement [viewed]

United Nations 20 November 2008: In a video message to the symposium on climate change held at the Korean Academy of Science and Technology in Gyunggi-Do, Korea, from 20-21 November 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that the science of climate change is clear and its effects risk getting worse.

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WMO Partner Launches Website for Online Access to Weather and Climate Data From Space [viewed]

18 November 2008: A World Meteorological Organization (WMO) partner, the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), has launched a Web portal, known as Product Navigator, which provides a central point for online access to all its weather and climate data and dissemination services, as well as data from some other agencies.

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UNEP Executive Director Welcomes Obama's Remarks on Poznan Negotiations [viewed]

20 November 2008: Reacting to a statement by US President-elect Barack Obama, Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), noted that the statement “confirmed that in the coming months a fundamentally new climate policy will define the position of the US.”

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UN Secretary-General: African Industrialization Can Help Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 20 November 2008: In a message marking Africa Industrialization

Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for strengthening African industry

so that it can “play its rightful, catalytic role” and help overcome the

current triple financial, food and climate crises as well as make critical

progress on eradicating poverty.

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WMO Addresses Improvements in the Accuracy of Short-Term High-Impact Weather Forecasts [viewed]

The Observing System Research and Predictability Experiment (THORPEX) 20 November 2008: The seventh session of the World

Meteorological Organization (WMO) Observing System Research and Predictability

Experiment (THORPEX) International Core Steering Committee convened at WMO

headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, from 18-20 November 2008.

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Icelandic Singer Björk Endorsees “CoolPlanet2009” Initiative [viewed]

Icelandic singer Björk 19 November 2008: The Icelandic singer Björk endorsed

“CoolPlanet2009,” an initiative recently announced by the UN Regional

Information Centre (UNRIC) for Western Europe that aims to raise public

awareness on the impacts of global warming and to mobilize support for new

commitments under climate change agreement, once the Kyoto Protocol's first

commitment period ends in 2012.

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UN Secretary General: WIPO Can Be “a Champion” in Joining Efforts to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

UN Secretary General and WIPO Director General. 18 November 2008: During his first visit to the World

Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

reaffirmed WIPO's unique role within the UN system in promoting intellectual

property, innovations and investment in new technology, which are crucial to

stimulate economic development and to tackle the current financial, climate,

food and oil crisis.

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WMO Expands Use of Commercial Aircraft to Collect Meteorological Data [viewed]

AMDAR

17 November 2008: The World Meteorological Organization

(WMO) Aircraft Meteorological Data Relay (AMDAR) Panel convened from 17-21

November 2008, in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, to discuss ways to broaden its

global coverage.

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ITU Focus Group on ICTs and Climate Change to Hold Second Meeting [viewed]

ITU and Climate Change 18 November 2008: The second meeting of the Focus Group on

information and communication technologies (ICTs) and climate change,

established by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), will convene

from 25-28 November 2008, at ITU headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

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GEF Council Re-elects Monique Barbut as CEO, Approves Climate-Related Projects [viewed]

Monique Barbut, GEF CEO & Chairperson 14 November 2008: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council re-elected Monique Barbut as CEO during its biannual meeting, which took place from 11-13 November 2008, in Washington DC, US. The Council also renewed efforts to scale up technology transfer to developing countries looking to mitigate and adapt to climate change challenges, by approving projects amounting to US$50 million for climate-related activities.

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