Health

WHO Report: Closing the Gap in a Generation [viewed]

Closing the gap in a generation: Health equity through action on the social determinants of health 28 August 2008: In this report, subtitled “Health equity

through action on the social determinants of health,” the World Health

Organization's (WHO) Commission on Social Determinants of Health calls for

closing the health gap in a generation and outlines the requirements for developing

solutions to the inequities between and within countries.

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WHO/UNEP Inter-ministerial Conference to Address Climate Change Impacts on Health in Africa [viewed]

First Inter-ministerial Conference on Health and Environment in Africa 22 August 2008: The Inter-ministerial Conference for Health and Environment in Africa, which will take place from 26-29 August 2008 in

Libreville, Gabon, is organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the

UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in partnership with the host Government. The

Conference is scheduled to explore the evidence base for the bi-directional

links between health and environment, including the threat posed by climate

change to the health of communities in the region.

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OCHA Commissioned Report on Humanitarian Implications of Climate Change Released [viewed]

Humanitarian Implications of Climate Change 22 August 2008: A report commissioned by the UN Office for

the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and CARE International finds

that climate change greatly complicates, and could undermine, efforts to manage

the challenges presented by droughts, floods and cyclones. The study identifies

the most likely humanitarian implications of climate change for the next 20-30

year period.

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FAO Highlights Indigenous Peoples' Role in Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

World day highlights fundamental role of indigenous peoples in food security 8 August 2008: On the eve of the International Day for the World's Indigenous Peoples, which is celebrated on 9 August, Regina Laub, the

UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) focal point for Indigenous Peoples,

noted that climate change and limited land rights increasingly threaten

indigenous peoples' livelihoods.

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IAEA to Compare Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) with Nuclear Waste Storage [viewed]

Researching ways of securing radioactive waste. Experiments to find solutions to dispose of high-level radioactive waste are conducted at the Grimsel Underground Rock Laboratory in Switzerland (Photo: Comet)16 July 2008: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has embarked on a

multi-year study to conduct a comparative analysis of storage of nuclear waste

and storage of carbon dioxide (CO2).

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WHO: UN Health Action in Crises – Treating Climate Change, Food Crisis and Other Global Health Challenges [viewed]

Eric Laroche, Assistant Director-General for Health Action in Crisis for WHO. Photo Credit, UN 16

July 2008: Eric Laroche, the Assistant Director-General of the World Health

Organization (WHO), was the Special Guest for the Daily Noon Briefing at UN

Headquarters in NY, on 16 July 2008. Laroche spoke on the theme “UN Health

Action in Crises – Treating Climate Change, Food Crisis and Other Global Health

Challenges.”

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UNIDO Opens First Zero Emission Community Power Center in Rural Kenya [viewed]

Hon Esther Murungi Mathenge, Ministry of Gender and Children Affairs along with Alexander Varghese UNIDO Representative for Kenya and Eritrea

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July 2008: The first environmentally-friendly hydro and solar power-generating

center has been inaugurated by the UN Industrial Development Organization

(UNIDO) in a rural community in Kenya.

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MEM: Leaders Meeting of Major Economies on Energy Security and Climate Change Develops Declaration [viewed]

9 July 2008: The

Leaders Meeting of the Major Economies took place on 9 July 2008, in Hokkaido,

Japan, in conjunction with the G8 Summit. The leaders of Australia, Brazil,

Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy,

Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom,

and the United States issued a Declaration, which had been agreed during a

previous meeting held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 21-22 June 2008.

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WHO/Europe to Propose a European Strategy on Health and Climate Change at 2010 Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health [viewed]

World Health Organization (WHO)/Europe

19 February 2009: The 2010 Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, which will convene in Parma, Italy, will discuss children's environmental health and climate impacts related to inequality, gender and stakeholder participation, among other agenda items.

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WHO/Europe Performing Assessments of Health Security and Crisis Management, with a Focus on Climate Change [viewed]

19 February 2009: World Health Organization (WHO)/Europe is collaborating with local contacts to conduct assessments of health security and crisis management.

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