Capacity Building & Education

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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UNEP Launches Green Star Awards [viewed]

Green Star Awards 17 November 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has

launched, with Green Cross International and the UN Office for the Coordination

of Humanitarian Affairs, the Green Star Awards.

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WFP, IFAD Contribute to Weather-Indexed Insurance Schemes for Developing Country Farmers [viewed]

Flood ordeal for Palestinians stuck on Iraq-Syria border 17 November 2008: The UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), supported by the

Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation, are launching a programme to increase access

by farmers in developing countries to weather-indexed insurance schemes.

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UNEP Launches North American Youth Initiative [viewed]

UN Environment Programme (UNEP) 14 November 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

launched its “Kick the Carbon Habit” Education Campaign with a meeting of the

new North American Youth Network from 14-16 November 2008, in Chicago, US.

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World Bank and WHO Representatives to Address Conference on Adaptation in Developing Countries [viewed]

November 2008: The Second Conference on Adaptation to

Climate Change in Developing Countries will convene on 25 November 2008, in The

Hague, the Netherlands. Plenary speakers will include representatives from the

World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as decision makers

from the EU and developing countries.

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WMO Sponsors International Weather Forum [viewed]

An Awareness Campaign about Climate Change 9 November 2008: The Fifth International Weather Forum took

place from 6-9 November 2008, in Brussels, Belgium. The event was co-sponsored

by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the European Community,

MeteoFrance and other organizations. It brought together meteorologists,

experts in climate, journalists, weather presenters and broadcasters from all

over the world to discuss climate change and ways to better inform the public.

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UNEP Risoe Centre: Call for CDM Projects and Participation in CASCADe CDM Capacity Building Workshops [viewed]

UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risoe Centre on Energy November 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risoe

Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development has announced calls for

clean development mechanism (CDM) and voluntary market projects in Benin and

Mali for project sponsors who want to participate in CDM capacity building

workshops to be held in the two countries.

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Agreement Reached on Statutes for an International Renewable Energy Agency [viewed]

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) 25 October 2008: Over 50 countries met in Madrid, Spain, from 23-24 October 2008 for the final preparatory conference for the establishment of an International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

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UN Deputy Secretary-General Calls for “Unprecedented Level” of International Cooperation to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

30 October 2008: Speaking at the World Leaders Forum on

International Cooperation for Green Growth taking place on 30 October 2008, in

Seoul, Republic of Korea, UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro noted

that many of the current challenges are due to unsustainable development paths,

and highlighted the interlinkages among the food, energy and financial crises,

as well as global warming.

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First World Summit of Regions Showcases Role of Regions in Tackling Climate Change [viewed]

First climate change summit of the world's regional governments 30 October 2008: Over 600 participants representing governments, regions and other local authorities gathered in Saint Malo, France, from 29-30 October 2008, for the “First World Summit of Regions, Climate Change: Regions in Action.”

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