Poverty Eradication

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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FAO Convenes Consultation on Conservation Agriculture Carbon Offset [viewed]

Field of CA soybeans in Brazil 28 October 2008: The Conservation Agriculture Carbon Offset

Consultation, jointly organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization

(FAO) and the Conservation Technology Information Center, opened on 28 October

2008, and will conclude on 30 October, in West Lafayette, Indiana, US.

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World Bank President: New Climate Regime Depends on Recognizing Development Interests While Shifting to a Low Carbon Path [viewed]

A World in Crisis Means a Chance for Greatness - Robert B. Zoellick, President of the World Bank Group 26 October 2008: In an article published in the Washington Post newspaper, World Bank President Robert Zoellick outlines what it will take for the aspiring candidates to the US presidency to be “a 21st-century Franklin D. Roosevelt.”

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World Food Day: Leaders Urge Tackling the Roots of Interrelated Challenges of Food and Energy Security, and Climate Change [viewed]

Former US President Bill Clinton and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (2nd right) 24 October 2008: During the World Food Day observance at UN Headquarters in New York, US, celebrated on 23 October, the heads of the UN, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Clinton Global Initiative called for tackling the roots of the interrelated challenges of food security, high energy prices and climate change.

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UN Secretary-General: Financial Crisis Should Not “Weaken our Resolve on Climate Change” [viewed]

United Nations System Chief Executives Board Meeting

24 October 2008: During a UN System Chief Executives Board

Meeting, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need to support the poor

amid the global financial crisis, warning that gains made towards achieving the

Millennium Development Goals could be reversed. The meeting brought together

Executive Heads of the UN specialized agencies, funds and programmes and the

World Bank and International Monetary Fund to undertake a wide-ranging

assessment of the ongoing global crisis in financial markets and the threat of

recession in the global economy.

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UN Secretary-General and UNDP Administrator Discuss Development Issues with Eminent Economists [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (fourth from left) poses for a group photo with the world economists 23 October 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN

Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Kemal Dervis participated in an

informal discussion with five eminent economists at UN Headquarters in New

York, US, on 23 October 2008. The talks focused on the global financial crisis

and its expected impact on efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

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UN Deputy Secretary-General: Climate Change Could Derail Africa's MDG Prospects [viewed]

21 October 2008: Speaking at the ninth Regional Consultation

Mechanism (RCM) meeting of UN agencies and organizations working in Africa,

which took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, UN Deputy Secretary-General

Asha-Rose Migiro warned that the global financial crisis, compounded by food

shortages and the effects of climate change, could “derail Africa's prospects”

of attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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UNEP Launches Green Economy Initiative [viewed]

UNEP Launches Green Economy Initiative to Get the Global Markets Back to Work 22 October 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a Green Economy Initiative, which seeks to respond to the global economic downturn by focusing economic growth and job creation in environmental industries.

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G-8 Meeting to Address Financial Crisis [viewed]

18 October 2008: During a meeting on the sidelines of the

Francophonie Summit, which convened in Quebec City, Canada, from 17-19 October

2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and French President Nicolas Sarkozy

agreed on the need to hold an emergency G-8 summit to address the financial

crisis and ensure that its negative impact on the world's economies does not

undermine the major UN efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, to

fight against the effects of climate change and to address the food crisis.

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World Food Day: UN Officials Address Linkages between Hunger, Surging Food and Fuel Prices and Climate Change [viewed]

World Food Day, 16 October 2008 16 October 2008: On World Food Day (WFD), the heads of UN agencies called attention to the ongoing crisis of hunger and its interrelations with climate change and rising fuel prices.

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