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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Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in the Water Sector [viewed]

June 2008: This workshop is

scheduled to take place on 1-2 July 2008 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and

will be organized under the auspices of the UN Economic Commission for Europe

Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and

International Lakes (Water Convention) and the Protocol on Water and Health to

the Water Convention. The event will address, inter alia: current

knowledge about adaptation and climate change; policy, legislative, institutional

and financial frameworks; forecasting, modelling and vulnerability, including

vulnerability of water-related sectors such as energy, agriculture and tourism;

and adaptation and coping measures.

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Calls for Human Rights Approach to World Food Crises [viewed]

4 June 2008: Speaking at the FAO High-Level Conference on

World Food Security, which convened in Rome, Italy, from 3-5 June 2008, Louise

Arbour, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that the food crisis is a

forceful signal “about individual human rights and the need for collective

action.” Reporting on a special session of the Human Rights Council on the food

emergency, she called for a human rights framework to analyze the causes of the

crises and “to clarify the power imbalances inside and between countries that

trigger or exacerbate the food crisis, including unfair trade practices or

skewed policies involving incentives and subsidies.”

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