WHO and Biodiversity Experts Present Scientific Findings at Climate Congress [viewed]

Lower precipitation due to climate change causes water scarcity and reduced food production

12 March 2009: Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) presented findings regarding climate change impacts to human health at the international scientific congress titled “Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions,” which ran from 10-12 March 2009, in Copenhagen, Denmark. They noted the “adverse consequences” of climate change on health, highlighted the challenges inherent in addressing resulting impacts, and stressed the health benefits of mitigation activities. In addition, they underscored the uneven distribution of health impacts of climate change globally, identifying populations in small island developing States, mountainous regions, large urban areas, coastal areas, and areas that lack access to water among the most vulnerable.

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UNESCAP Holds Green Industry Preparatory Conference in Bangkok [viewed]

International Conference on Green Industry in Asia

11 March 2009: A Preparatory Meeting to the International Conference on Green Industry in Asia, hosted by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), convened in Bangkok, Thailand, from 4-5 March 2009. Participants agreed that the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will organize a session on cleaner production, UNESCAP on sustaining growth and competitiveness, and the UN Environment Programme on eco-friendly products and environmental services. The International Conference on Green Industry in Asia, “Managing the Transition to Resource-efficient and Low Carbon Industries,” is being organized by UNIDO, UNESCAP and UNEP and will convene in Manila, the Philippines, from 8-11 September 2009.

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CBD Selects Experts for AHTEG on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

10 March 2009: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated the approved list of experts for the second meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on biodiversity and climate change, to be held from 18-22 April 2009, in Helsinki, Finland.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases New AWG-KP Document [viewed]

10 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a document (FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/4) identifying possible elements of a text relating to issues outlined in paragraph 49 of the Report of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) at its resumed sixth session held in Poznan, Poland, from 1-10 December 2008 (FCCC/KP/AWG/2008/8).

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases REDD Submissions in Preparation for SBSTA 30 [viewed]

10 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released two documents related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) that will be considered during the 30th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), scheduled to take place in June 2009, in Bonn, Germany.

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UNEP Organizing 2009 Tunza International Youth Conference on the Environment [viewed]

2009 Tunza International Youth Conference on the Environment

March 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in collaboration with the UNEP National Committee for the Republic of Korea, will be hosting the 2009 Tunza International Youth Conference on the Environment in Daejeon, Republic of Korea, from 21-26 August 2009. The main theme of the conference is “Climate Change – Our Challenge.”

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UNWTO Secretary-General Discusses Role of Tourism Industry in “Green New Deal” [viewed]

Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General ad interim of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

11 March 2009: Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General ad interim of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), opened the annual ITB Travel Trade Show, which is convening from 11-15 March in Berlin, Germany. Speaking on the economic downturn, he emphasized the need to consider responses to the economy in the context of “the long-term systemic imperatives of climate-change response, job creation and poverty alleviation.”

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ECLAC Presents Climate Change Reports [viewed]

ECLAC Presents Climate Change Reports

10 March 2009: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has launched a report titled “Climate Change and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Review.” The report was released during a seminar on “Climate Change: The Challenges for Growth in Chile and Latin America,” which took place on 11 March 2009, in Santiago, Chile. The report concludes that Latin America and the Caribbean may suffer more impacts of climate change than other regions because of the number of island States present in the region, low coastal areas and prevalence of hurricanes. Considering greenhouse gas emissions in the region are relatively low (11.7% of global emissions in 2000) the authors recommend authorities to focus on adaptation.

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Scientific Congress Discusses Latest Updates to the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report [viewed]

Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions

10 March 2009: An international scientific congress titled “Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions,” organized by the International Alliance of Research Universities, began on 10 March and will run until 12 March 2009, in Copenhagen, Denmark. The congress is being hosted by the University of Copenhagen and attended by over 2,000 participants from around 80 countries.

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UN Secretary-General and US President Stress Need for Agreement on Climate Change [viewed]

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