Sustainable Development

Groups Share Information on Clean Up the World Weekend [viewed]

Clean Up the World Maps Communities Tackling Climate Change 21 September 2008: On the occasion of the 16th Clean Up the

World Weekend, which was celebrated from 19-21 September 2008 under the theme

“Start today-Save tomorrow-Clean Up Our Climate,” Google and Clean Up the World

launched a website that allows groups to share information about themselves and

the activities they undertook as part of the Clean Up the World Weekend.

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Africa Commission Conference Examines African Economic Growth in the Context of Climate Change [viewed]

H.E. Raila Odinga, Prime Minister, Kenya, highlighted the relevance of the meeting towards addressing climate change in the context of job creation. 19 September 2008: The Danish Government's Africa Commission

held a thematic conference on employment and economic growth in the context of

climate change in Nairobi, Kenya, on 18 September. The event was the fourth in

a series of five thematic conferences, initiated by the Africa Commission,

convened between June-October 2008, in various African cities.

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European Parliament Calls for Increasing the Global Alliance Against Climate Change's Budget [viewed]

16 September 2008: The European Parliament's Development Committee has adopted a report arguing that the budget proposed by the European Commission to help developing countries fight climate change is not enough, and suggesting that the Global Climate Change Alliance should receive at least 25% of the revenue of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.

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CBD Executive Secretary Underlines Effect of Climate Change on Biodiversity Loss [viewed]

14 September 2008: Speaking at the Sixteenth Environment

Congress for Asia and the Pacific, which took place in Nagoya, Japan, from

13-14 September 2008, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on

Biological Diversity (CBD), underscored the unprecedented rate of biodiversity

loss due to the pressures on the planet's natural functions caused by human

activity.

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UN Secretary-General Rides Solar-Powered Car to UN Headquarters [viewed]

Secretary-Genetral Ban-Ki moon driven to work by Solartaxi, a fully solar powered car. UN Photo/Mark Garten 12 September 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon rode a

“Solartaxi,” a fully solar-powered car, from his home in New York to UN

Headquarters, as part of his efforts to raise awareness of climate change and

promote environmentally-friendly technologies.

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UNDP: Higher Food Prices Likely to Deepen Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia [viewed]

Progress in achieving MDGs under threat, new report finds 11 September 2008: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has

released the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Report 2008, which finds that

the strong and sustained progress in reducing extreme poverty achieved by the

world is being undercut by higher prices, particularly of food and oil, and the

global economic slowdown.

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Developed Countries to Lead the Global Warming Initiative [viewed]

Ban encourages new graduates to have global perspective on today's challenges 10 September 2008: In a speech at Fairleigh Dickinson University, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki moon outlined the challenges of the world today, including climate change, the food and energy crises, and the fear of a global financial crisis.

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ILO Director-General Calls for Increased Policy Coherence to Promote Green Jobs [viewed]

The International Labour Organization (ILO)

5 September 2008: Speaking at the international conference

on “Decent Work – A Key to Social Justice for a Fair Globalization,” held in

Oslo, Norway, on 5 September 2008, Juan Somavia, International Labour

Organization (ILO) Director-General, called for “increased policy coherence in

support of social justice for a fair globalization.”

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Climate Neutral UN Workshop Documents Released [viewed]

September 2008: The UN Environment Management Group has

released the working and reference documents for two workshops on Climate

Neutral UN. The first took place from 1-3 September 2008, in Geneva,

Switzerland, while the second will be held from 8-10 September 2008, in New

York, US.

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IPY Report: September 2008 [viewed]

IPY Report: September 2008 September 2008: The September issue of the International Polar Year (IPY) report has been released.

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