Capacity Building & Education

UNDP, UNEP and WFP Make Submissions on Adaption [viewed]

21 October 2008: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN

Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have submitted

reports on progress in the implementation of Article 4, paragraphs 8 and 9, of

the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and of decision 1/CP.10

to the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Implementation, which will hold its 29th

session in Poznan, Poland, from 1-10 December 2008.

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UN Day 2008 Raises Awareness of Climate Change [viewed]

UN Day 2008 23 October 2008: UN Day is observed annually worldwide on 24

October to commemorate the founding of the Organization in October 1945. To

celebrate UN Day 2008, the UN agencies in Japan will present a topical seminar

entitled “Climate Change: What We Can Do,” which aims to help the public better

understand the range of activities through which the UN is addressing the

challenge of climate change.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Launches CDM Photo Contest [viewed]

17 October 2008: The UNFCCC Secretariat has launched a photo

contest aimed at raising awareness of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

The contest invites digital photos of CDM projects that reflect the theme of

the contest, “CDM changing lives.”

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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 Supports Pacific Island Media Training on Climate Change [viewed]

SPREP 9 October 2008: The Government of Canada, the UN

Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Pacific

Islands News Association are supporting an initiative of the Secretariat of the

Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), to train 14 journalists from

throughout the Pacific region on environmental issues, including climate

change.

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UNEP Children's Art Exhibit Focuses on Climate Change [viewed]

Paint for the Planet 7 October 2008: The website for ‘Paint for the Planet,'

which features climate change-themed paintings from the UN Environment

Programme's (UNEP) International Children's Painting Competition, was launched

on 7 October 2008.

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UN Secretary-General's Annual Report: UN Uniquely Placed to Lead Efforts Against Climate Change [viewed]

UN poised to tackle some of today's most pressing challenges – Ban 7 October 2008: In his second annual report on the work of

the Organization (A/63/1), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon notes the UN's

unique place to lead the response to global threats, in particular: climate

change, counter-terrorism, disarmament and non-proliferation, and global

health.

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UN Secretary-General: Climate Change is the “Defining Challenge of Our Era” [viewed]

7 October 2008: In a press conference at the UN Headquarters

in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon characterized climate change

as the “defining challenge of our era,” and warned that the fight against this

challenge risks being “obscured by shorter-term problems, and in particular the

deepening financial crisis.” He expressed the hope that the climate

negotiations scheduled to take place in December 2008 in Poznan, Poland, will

result in increased cooperation and agreement on a timeframe of work, as well

as “a strong willingness” by developed and developing countries to lead on this

issue.

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UN Secretary-General: Climate Change Increases Urgency to Implement Hyogo Framework [viewed]

Ban Ki-Moon. The Secretary-General of United Nations Message on the International Day for Disaster Reduction 8 October 2008: On the occasion of the International Day for

Disaster Reduction, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted the greater

incidence of disasters in 2008 and called for increased action to “turn

commitments on paper into deeds” and implement the 2005 Hyogo Framework for

Action.

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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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