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UN Officials Mark World Habitat Day Urging that Urbanization Should Not Come at Expense of Environment [viewed]

Urbanization must not come at expense of environment, say UN officials 6 October 2008: Top UN officials marked World Habitat Day by

drawing attention to the need to raise awareness of the problems of rapid

urbanization, its impact on the environment and the challenges of rising urban

poverty. The UN has designated the first Monday in October each year as World

Habitat Day, to reflect on the state of towns and cities and the basic right to

adequate shelter for all. This year, Luanda, Angola, led the observance of the

celebration, which focused on the theme “Harmonious Cities.”

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UNCTAD Publication: Making Certification Work for Sustainable Development: The Case of Biofuels [viewed]

Making Certification Work for Sustainable Development: The Case of Biofuels 3 October 2008: This UN Conference on Trade and Development publication reviews biofuel certification schemes that are already in place or are being developed, including: benefits and drawbacks of such schemes; implications for developing countries; and possible ramifications of certification in the context of the World Trade Organization.

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European Conference on Applied Climatology Focuses on Adaptation [viewed]

3 October 2008: The seventh European Conference on Applied

Climatology and the eighth Annual Meeting of the European Meteorological

Society were held jointly from 29 September–3 October 2008, in Amsterdam, the

Netherlands.

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IFPRI Publishes Essays on Policy Responses to Food Crisis [viewed]

Policy Responses to Food Crisis October 2008: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFRPI) has published three essays addressing critical questions regarding policy responses to the current food crisis. The essays by Joachim von Braun, IFPRI Director General, Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), and Namanga Ngongi, President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), point to the dangers and pitfalls of misguided policies, but also to the potential opportunities for responding in a way that prevents future crises and ensures food security in the long term. In addition to the most pressing questions of delivering immediate relief to populations affected by hunger and the strategic issues of the long-term stabilization of food production and food markets, the essays also address impacts of current biofuel policies and climate change on agriculture.

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Germany Increases Support to UNEP's Clean Energy and Climate Change Adaptation Efforts [viewed]

German Government Invests $18 Million to Support Clean Energy and Climate Change Adaptation 3 October 2008: During a meeting with UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner, at UNEP's headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, German Federal Minister for the Environment Sigmar Gabriel announced that his country will increase its funding for the organization's work on clean energy and climate proofing vulnerable economies.

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OECD Convenes Conference on Competitive Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

The international conference on Competitive Cities and Climate Change 3 October 2008: The Organisation for Economic Cooperation

and Development (OECD) is co-organizing with the province and the city of

Milan, a Conference on Cities and Climate Change, which is scheduled to convene

from 9-10 October 2008, in Milan, Italy.

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OECD Holds High-Level Parliamentary Seminar on Climate Change [viewed]

OECD High-level Parliamentary Seminar on Climate Change 2 October 2008: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Environment Directorate held a High-Level Parliamentary Seminar on Climate Change in Paris, France, on 2 October 2008.

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UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Underlines Climate Change's Exacerbating Effects on the Food Crisis [viewed]

John Holmes, USG for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

1 October 2008: In an editorial column published on 30

September 2008 in the Washington Times, John Holmes, UN Under-Secretary-General

for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, stressed the urgent

need for a Green Revolution in Africa to deal, inter alia, with the challenges

of climate change and the food and oil crises.

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UNESCO's Executive Board to Consider Refined Strategy for Action on Climate Change [viewed]

UNESCO Executive Board's 180th session Agenda

30 September 2008: The 180th session of the Executive Board

of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) opened

today and will continue until 17 October in Paris, France. The agenda for the

Board's meeting includes the consideration for approval of a refined UNESCO

strategy for action on climate change.

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Report of Twelfth Meeting of the JI Supervisory Committee Available [viewed]

Report of Twelfth Meeting of the JI Supervisory Committee Available September 2008: The report of the 12th meeting of the Joint

Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC) is now available on the JI website.

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