Capacity Building & Education

UN-HABITAT: Sustainable Communities Course to Examine Risk and Vulnerability Reduction of Cities [viewed]

Teaching sustainable urban development 12 August 2008: A two-week course on Sustainable Communities has commenced in Bangkok, Thailand, bringing together 28 urban professionals representing academia, NGOs, local

authorities and central government agencies from 15 African and Asian

countries.

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UN Secretary-General Stresses the Consequences of Climate Change on Youth [viewed]

UN Secretary-General's message on the consequences of climate change during the International Youth Day 12 August 2008: On the occasion of International Youth Day,

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that climate change is happening

and, if unaddressed, could hinder efforts towards the Millennium Development

Goals and threaten peace and security.

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On International Youth Day, CBD Executive Secretary Stresses Linkages between Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary Convention on Biological Diversity On the occasion of International Youth Day, 12 August 2008 12 August 2008: On the occasion of International Youth Day

(IYD2008), Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological

Diversity (CBD), stressed the threat posed by climate change to biodiversity

and noted the relevance of the IYD2008 theme: “Youth and Climate Change: Time

for Action.”

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UNDP Introduces Youth Version of 2007-2008 Human Development Report [viewed]

Two degrees of separation between hope and despair. A young people's summary of the United Nations Human Development Report 2007/2008 11 August 2008: The UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Human

Development Report Office introduced the youth version of the 2007-2008 Human

Development Report on 11 August 2008. The youth version, entitled “Two degrees

of separation between hope and despair,” was prepared by young people between

the ages of 16 and 25, and offers an explanation of the climate change problem,

followed by mitigation and adaptation policies, and a call to action by young

people.

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UN and Philippines Sign Joint Programme to Strengthen the Country's Adaptation Capacity [viewed]

UN, Spain, RP sign US$ 8 M climate change programme 6 August 2008: The UN Resident Coordinator for the

Philippines, Nileema Noble, and counterparts in the Philippines Government,

signed a Joint Programme on ‘Strengthening the Philippines' Institutional

Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change,' with a US$8 million grant from the Millennium Development Goals Achievement

Fund (MDG-F).

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UNESCO Director-General Urges the Youth to Engage in the Combat Against Climate Change [viewed]

UNESCO Director-General Urges the Youth to Engage in the Combat Against Climate Change 8 August 2008: In a message on the occasion of International

Youth Day, being celebrated on 12 August 2008 under the theme “Young people and

climate change: time for action,” the Director General of the UN Educational,

Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Koïchiro Matsuura, stressed the

role that young people can play in addressing the challenge of climate change

and sustainable development.

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WMO Cooperates in Olympic Games Forecasts [viewed]

WMO Members cooperate for Beijing 2008 weather forecasts 5 August 2008: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

is coordinating efforts by the government of China and the organization of the

Games during the Beijing Olympics to provide timely and accurate weather

predictions and characterization of associated risk, which are critical to the

event.

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Fifteenth SAARC Summit Declaration Addresses Climate Change and Food Security [viewed]

The fifteenth Summit meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)3 August 2008: The fifteenth Summit meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), held from 2-3 August 2008, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, concluded with the adoption of the Colombo Declaration and the Colombo Statement on Food Security. In the Declaration, entitled “Partnership for Growth for Our People,” the Heads of State and Government reiterate the need for increased regional cooperation in tackling climate change, in particular for capacity building, the development of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects, and awareness raising.

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CBD: Brazilian State of Parana Offsets Carbon Emissions of the CBD's Secretariat Operations [viewed]

State of Parana Delivers on Its Commitment to Offset Carbon Emissions of the Operations of the CBD Secretariat 1 August 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on

Biological Diversity (CBD) has announced, in a notification, that the state

government of Parana in Brazil has delivered on its commitment to offset all

carbon emissions arising out of the CBD Secretariat's operations between the

ninth and the tenth Conference of the Parties (COP), including the travel of

funded party representatives to attend official CBD meetings, estimated at

around 10,200 tons of carbon equivalent.

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ESCAP Joins “Cool UN” Programme [viewed]

ESCAP Joins 'Cool UN' Programme 1 August 2008: UN Secretary-General wore a casual outfit to kick off the “Cool UN” scheme, which seeks to curb the organization's greenhouse gas emissions, limit the use of air conditioning and save money for the UN. The UN Economic Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) premises in Bangkok, Thailand, which houses over a dozen of the Organization's entities, also joined the “Cool UN” scheme.

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