Sustainable Development

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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Senegal Signs First CDM Agreement with World Bank [viewed]

L-R: Samuel Amet Sarr, Minister of Energy, Senegal; Meskerem Mulatu, World Bank; and Modibo Diop, Director General, Senegalese Rural Electrification Agency (ASER)4 September 2008: The Senegalese Agency for Rural

Electrification (ASER) and the World Bank have entered into an agreement for

the provision of 1.5 million compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) to Senegal's

rural areas. The project will be carried out as a Clean Development Mechanism

(CDM) programme of activities, and is Senegal's first CDM project.

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IPCC Session Concludes [viewed]

Twenty-Ninth Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Twentieth Anniversary of the IPCC 4 September 2008: The 29th session of the Intergovernmental

Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) convened from 31 August to 4 September 2008, in

Geneva, Switzerland, and was attended by more than 300 participants. During the

meeting, which commemorated the IPCC's 20th anniversary, the Panel elected the

new IPCC Bureau and the Bureau of the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas

Inventories (TFB), and reelected Rajendra Pachauri as the IPCC Chair.

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UNIDO Director-General Stresses Developing Countries' Need to Participate in Standardization Process [viewed]

Dr. Kandeh Yumkella, UNIDO Director-General September 2008: In a contribution to the September 2008 special issue of the ISO Focus magazine, Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), notes the lack of capacity of most developing countries to participate in the global trade of manufactured goods.

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