Technology

World Food Day: UN Officials Address Linkages between Hunger, Surging Food and Fuel Prices and Climate Change [viewed]

World Food Day, 16 October 2008 16 October 2008: On World Food Day (WFD), the heads of UN agencies called attention to the ongoing crisis of hunger and its interrelations with climate change and rising fuel prices.

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On World Food Day, CBD's Executive Secretary Addresses the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy [viewed]

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), 15 October 2008: In his message on the occasion of World Food Day, celebrated on 16 October 2008, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), stressed that “biodiversity, the foundation of all crops and domesticated livestock and the variety within them, is the basis for providing stability to agriculture.”

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UN Fourth Committee Underscores the Value of Shared Space Technologies as a Disaster Management Tool [viewed]

15 October 2008: The UN Fourth Committee (Special Political

and Decolonization) concluded its general debate on international cooperation

in the peaceful uses of outer space with a broad agreement on the value of

shared space technologies as a tool for sustainable development and disaster

management.

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UNESCO and IAEA Convene Symposium on Ocean Acidification [viewed]

16 October 2008: The second symposium on “The Ocean in a

High CO2 World” convened from 6-9 October 2008, at the Oceanography Museum of

Monaco, sponsored by, inter alia, the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research,

the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Committee of the UN Educational, Scientific

and Cultural Organization (IOC-UNESCO), and the International Atomic Energy

Agency's (IAEA) Marine Environmental Laboratory.

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IEA Releases Report on the Effects of the EU ETS on the Aluminum Sector [viewed]

Climate policy and carbon leakage: Impacts of the European Emissions Trading Scheme on Aluminium 14 October 2008: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a new Information Paper exploring the effects of the EU emissions trading scheme (EU ETS) on the aluminum sector.

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UN Fourth Committee: Space Technologies Indispensable to Tackle Challenges of Climate Change [viewed]

14 October 2008: During the debate on international

cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space by the Fourth Committee (Special

Political and Decolonization) of the 63rd General Assembly, Ciro Arévalo Yepes,

Chairman of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, underscored the

role space technology could play in addressing climate change, food security

and health.

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Informal Ministerial Consultations Held in Preparation for COP14 [viewed]

Cop09 14 October 2008: More than 40 environment ministers and

high-level representatives held talks in Warsaw, Poland, from 13-14 October

2008, to prepare for the 14th Conference of the Parties (COP14) to the UNFCCC,

scheduled to take place in December 2008 in Poznań, Poland. During the informal

consultations, which were chaired by Maciej Nowicki, Minister of Environment of

Poland and future COP14 President, participants underscored that Poznań will be

a milestone for the new global climate agreement and agreed that the current

financial crisis should not hinder efforts to tackle climate change.

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UNDP Releases Briefing Papers on the Bali Action Plan Negotiations [viewed]

October 2008: As part of its project to strengthen national

capacity in developing countries to assess climate change policy alternatives,

the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Environment and Energy Group has released a

series of papers on the Bali Action Plan negotiations.

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GEF and UNEP Commission Study on Weather Insurance for Wind Power Farms [viewed]

9 October 2008: Commissioned by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Paris Re and Marsh have produced an index-based weather cover for the wind energy sector. The study analyzes the technical, legal and financial feasibility of implementing weather coverage in Mexico.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary: Financial Crisis Could Redirect Investments to Fund “Green” Growth [viewed]

Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change 10 October 2008: In a press conference given in New York, US, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, stated that the current global market crisis could provide an opportunity for the world financial system to reconstruct itself to promote “green” growth.

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