Poverty Eradication

IFPRI Studies Reveal Constraints to Climate Change Adaptation in African Agriculture [viewed]

New Study Identifies Farmers' Options and Obstacles to Adapting to Climate Change 12 November 2008: A series of studies conducted by the

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) identify the options and

obstacles African smallholder framers face in adapting to climate change.

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UNCCD Subsidiary Bodies Consider Work Plans and Indicators [viewed]

UN Convention to Combat Desertification 14 November 2008: The first Special Session of the Committee

on Science and Technology (CST S-1) and the seventh session of the Committee

for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 7) of the UN

Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) convened in Istanbul, Turkey, from

3-14 November 2008.

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UNEP Releases Report on Atmospheric Brown Clouds [viewed]

Cities Across Asia Get Dimmer: Impacts on Glaciers, Agriculture and the Monsoon Get Clearer

13 November 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

released a report on Atmospheric Brown Clouds (ABCs) that shows that, in

addition to affecting agriculture and human health, this layer of soot and

manmade particles can both aggravate, via the absorption of sunlight, and

counteract, via the reflection of sunlight and effects on cloud formation,

climate change due to greenhouse gases.

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World Bank and WHO Representatives to Address Conference on Adaptation in Developing Countries [viewed]

November 2008: The Second Conference on Adaptation to

Climate Change in Developing Countries will convene on 25 November 2008, in The

Hague, the Netherlands. Plenary speakers will include representatives from the

World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as decision makers

from the EU and developing countries.

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CBD Executive Secretary Highlights Indigenous Peoples' Opportunities to Contribute to Climate Change Solutions [viewed]

United Nations University - Institute of Advanced Studies 12 November 2008: In

an address to the Global Indigenous Peoples Consultation on Reducing Emissions

from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD), taking place from 12-14

November 2008, in Baguio City, the Philippines, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention

on Biological Diversity (CBD), highlighted the opportunity for indigenous and

local communities to contribute to the formation and implementation of possible

solutions to climate change, such as REDD schemes, to ensure that their

traditional knowledge, rights and biological diversity are protected and

enhanced in the process.

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ESCAP Creates Regional Forum to Help Develop Gender and Poverty-Sensitive Energy Policies [viewed]

Forum launched at meeting on how to bring gender perspective to national energy policies of developing countries 4 November 2008: At the conclusion of the High Level

Regional Policy Meeting on Networking Towards Gender and Poverty Sensitive

Energy Policies, which took place in Bangkok, Thailand, from 3-4 November 2008,

the International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy (ENERGIA), in

cooperation with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and

the Pacific (ESCAP), launched the Policy Innovation Forum. The Forum aims to

help provide women and the poor with reliable access to energy.

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UN Deputy Secretary-General Calls for “Unprecedented Level” of International Cooperation to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

30 October 2008: Speaking at the World Leaders Forum on

International Cooperation for Green Growth taking place on 30 October 2008, in

Seoul, Republic of Korea, UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro noted

that many of the current challenges are due to unsustainable development paths,

and highlighted the interlinkages among the food, energy and financial crises,

as well as global warming.

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Ramsar Convention, IUCN and Danone Group Partner Against Climate Change [viewed]

Danone, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature29 October 2008: On the sidelines of the 10th Conference of Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, taking place in Changwon, Republic of Korea, from 28 October-4 November 2008, the Ramsar Secretariat, the Danone Group and IUCN have entered into a partnership targeting climate change.

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UN Secretary-General: Financial Crisis Could “Eclipse the Global Effort to Address Climate Change” [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's address at the University of Philippines

29 October 2008: In a speech delivered at the University of

Philippines, in Manila, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon indicated that his

“most immediate concern” was that the financial crisis could “eclipse the

global effort to address climate change.” He noted that, while developing

countries face the same pressures as the US and Europe, they lack the resources

to tackle the crisis.

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UNGA Second Committee Considers Human Settlements and Climate Change [viewed]

UN-HABITAT Chief, in Second Committee, cites ‘Rapid and Chaotic' Urbanization, Shortage of Affordable Housing as Causes of Global Financial Crisis 28 October 2008: The Second Committee on Economic and Financial issues, of the 63rd UN General Assembly (UNGA), considered the report of the Secretary-General on the Implementation of the Outcome of the UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) and strengthening of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) (document A/63/291).

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