Ministerial Segment at UNESCAP Commission: Inclusive, Long-Term Policies Needed for Triple Crises [viewed]

© UNESCAP27 April 2009: According to the ministerial segment of the 65th UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), in order for the Asia and Pacific region to recover from the current economic crisis, food-fuel volatility, climate change, and region-wide development policies that are inclusive, create social protection and have long-term sustainability must be embraced, The Commission is convening from 23-29 April 2009, in Bangkok, Thailand.

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UN Secretary-General Proposes New Multilateralism to Address Climate Change [viewed]

© UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon17 April 2009: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at a colloquium at Princeton University, US, on “The Imperative for a New Multilateralism,” in which he proposed focusing on securing global public goods, including global financial and economic stability, a major push against poverty, restoring peace and stability, addressing climate change, advancing global health, countering terrorism, and ensuring disarmament and non-proliferation.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Addressing the Health Impacts of Alternatives to Fossil Fuels [viewed]

16 April 2009: In a message to the 18th International Conference on Health and Environment, which took place in New York, US, from 15 16 April 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged adopting policies that promote health benefits to help tackle climate change and food insecurity.

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WHO and WMO Draw Linkages between Risks and Climate at World Health Day [viewed]

© WHO7 April 2009: The World Health Organization (WHO) and international partners, including the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), celebrated World Health Day on 7 April 2009, in Beijing, China, focusing on the theme “Save lives. Make hospitals safe in emergencies.”

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World Water Day Observed [viewed]

 World Water Day Message from Achim Steiner

22 March 2009: On the occasion of World Water Day, which was observed on 22 March 2009, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) highlighted the potential benefits of investing in the world's freshwaters, including the potential benefits to the global economic recovery and to accelerating a response to climate change.

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WHO and Biodiversity Experts Present Scientific Findings at Climate Congress [viewed]

Lower precipitation due to climate change causes water scarcity and reduced food production

12 March 2009: Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) presented findings regarding climate change impacts to human health at the international scientific congress titled “Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions,” which ran from 10-12 March 2009, in Copenhagen, Denmark. They noted the “adverse consequences” of climate change on health, highlighted the challenges inherent in addressing resulting impacts, and stressed the health benefits of mitigation activities. In addition, they underscored the uneven distribution of health impacts of climate change globally, identifying populations in small island developing States, mountainous regions, large urban areas, coastal areas, and areas that lack access to water among the most vulnerable.

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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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WHO Executive Board Approves Work Plan on Climate and Health [viewed]

World Health Organization (WHO)

19 February 2009: The Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) has approved a five-year work plan on climate change and health.

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UNEP Executive Director Links Mercury Pollution to Climate Change [viewed]


13 February 2009: UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner linked climate change and mercury pollution in an open editorial in the UK Guardian. The editorial was published prior to the 25th session of the UNEP Governing Council (UNEP GC-25), which is convening from 16-20 February 2009, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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