Poverty Eradication

UN Secretary-General: African Industrialization Can Help Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 20 November 2008: In a message marking Africa Industrialization

Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for strengthening African industry

so that it can “play its rightful, catalytic role” and help overcome the

current triple financial, food and climate crises as well as make critical

progress on eradicating poverty.

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WFP, IFAD Contribute to Weather-Indexed Insurance Schemes for Developing Country Farmers [viewed]

Flood ordeal for Palestinians stuck on Iraq-Syria border 17 November 2008: The UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), supported by the

Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation, are launching a programme to increase access

by farmers in developing countries to weather-indexed insurance schemes.

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UN Secretary-General at G20 Summit Underlines Potential to Spur Green Growth [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets today with Madeleine Albright, former United States Secretary of State, ahead of G-20 meeting 17 November 2008: On 14 and 15 November 2008, UN

Secretary-General was in Washington, DC, US, to take part in the Group of 20

(G20) Financial Summit. In a statement to the assembled leaders, Ban Ki-moon

stated that “today's financial crisis should not evolve into tomorrow's human

crisis,” adding that leaders should not use it to justify neglecting other

critical issues such as poverty and hunger, the food crisis, and climate

change.

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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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