Capacity Building & Education

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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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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Global Forum for Sport and Environment Focuses on Climate Change [viewed]

Global Forum for Sport and Environment (G-ForSE) October 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), with the

Global Sports Alliance of Japan and Volvo, hosted the 2008 Global Forum for

Sport and Environment in Alicante, Spain, from 4-6 October 2008.

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UNEP and UNESCO Release Youth Training Kit to Keep the Planet “Cool” [viewed]

YouthXchange Training Kit 1 October 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the

UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have released an

updated version of the YouthXchange Training Kit, which seeks to promote

sustainable consumption among youth worldwide. The joint initiative aims to

change purchasing patterns by reducing waste from discarded products such as

mobile phones and outdated fashion, while engaging youth in the fight against

climate change.

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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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UNWTO: World Tourism Day Focuses on Climate Change [viewed]

 Tourism Responding to the Challenge of Climate Change 27 September 2008: The World Tourism Organization's (UNWTO)

World Tourism Day, which was organized around the theme “Tourism Responding to

the Challenge of Climate Change,” was hosted in Lima, Peru, and celebrated on

27 September 2008.

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