Sustainable Development

UNESCO's Climate Change Priorities Outlined [viewed]

Unesco_directorgeneral_kochiro_ma_4In an address to the Information Meeting of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Executive Board, Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, said UNESCO will extend current research efforts – such as those undertaken by the World Climate Research Programme jointly sponsored by WMO, UNESCO/IOC and ICSU – to include adaptation research.

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Host Country Agreement Concerning United Nations Climate Change Conference - Poznan, 2008 Signed [viewed]

He_mr_maciej_nowicki_minister_of__4Maciej Nowicki, Minister of Environment of Poland, and Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, signed the Host Country Agreement between the Government of Poland and the Secretariat concerning the United Nations Climate Change Conference - Poznan, 2008.

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CBD Executive Secretary Gives Singapore Environment Lecture: Focuses on Climate Change [viewed]

Ahmed_djoghlaf_3In his Singapore Environment Lecture 2008, the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Ahmed Djoghlaf, stressed that “climate change is real, and represents a global challenge not only for humankind, but for every life on Earth.” Addressing the relationship between climate change and security, Executive Secretary Djoghlaf said “the loss of biodiversity is also another major threat to peace and security as it undermines the capacity of the ecosystems to continue providing their goods and services and sustaining life on Earth.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Issues Adaptation Papers for Parties' Consideration [viewed]

The United Nations Climate Change Conference, Poznań, Poland - COP 14, 1-12 December 2008 24 November 2008: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released four papers on adaptation in an effort to aid parties in carrying out adaptation measures. Two of these papers are related to the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA).

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FAO Adopts Immediate Plan of Action to Address Crucial Challenges [viewed]

The FAO Conference in session. 22 November 2008: The 35th Special Session of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Conference, which convened from 18-22 November 2008, in Rome, Italy, has adopted a three-year Immediate Plan of Action (IPA), which will implement an agenda for “reform with growth” as recommended by an independent external evaluation completed last year.

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Brazil's President Lula Closes International Biofuels Conference, Calls for Investments in New Energy Sources [viewed]

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva 21 November 2008: Speaking at the closing of the International Conference on Biofuels, which convened from 17-21 November 2008, in São Paolo, Brazil, Brazil's President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva called on industrialized countries to invest in the production of biofuels in impoverished countries that have available land, such as African countries.

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UN Deputy Secretary-General Calls for Greater Involvement of Women in Decision-Making Processes in Addressing Climate Change [viewed]

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro 21 November 2008: UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro, in an address to the Sixth African Development Forum, emphasized that, while many African countries have experienced economic growth in recent years, glaring gender disparities remain.

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UN Secretary-General: Poznan Should Signal International Resolve to Reach 2009 Climate Agreement [viewed]

United Nations 20 November 2008: In a video message to the symposium on climate change held at the Korean Academy of Science and Technology in Gyunggi-Do, Korea, from 20-21 November 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that the science of climate change is clear and its effects risk getting worse.

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UNEP Risø Releases Report on CDM Reform [viewed]

UNEP Risoe Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development (URC) November 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risø Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development has released a publication entitled “A Reformed CDM –  including new Mechanisms for Sustainable Development,” which examines and suggests ways of improving the clean development mechanism (CDM).

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Global Gender and Climate Alliance Meeting Discusses Support to Women to Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change [viewed]

20 November 2008: A press conference on issues relating to

gender and climate change was held on 20 November 2008, at UN Headquarters, New

York, US, to recap a two-day meeting organized by the Global Gender and Climate

Alliance (GGCA) on how women could receive financial support for their

activities to mitigate or adapt to climate change.

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