UN Secretary-General: Financial Crisis Offers Opportunity to Address Climate Change [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses UN correspondents 11 November 2008: In his monthly press conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon indicated that the global financial crisis continues to be a priority, and noted that it presents an opportunity to address climate change

since “green growth can create millions of jobs” at a time of economic hardship.

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Event: Ramsar COP 11 [viewed]

The 11th meeting of the contracting parties (COP 11) to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat will be preceded by the 44th meeting of Standing Committee planned for 4 July 2012, and an additional day of regional meetings on 5-6 July 2011, as requested by many Contracting Parties. The Standing Committee agreed that the broad theme for World Wetlands Day 2012 and COP 11 is “Wetlands, Tourism and Recreation.”  

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Event: AWG-LCA 5 and AWG-KP 7 [viewed]

The fifth meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA) and the seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) are scheduled to take place from 29 March to 8 April 2009, in Bonn, Germany.  

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UNWTO to Hold Middle East and Mediterranean Climate Conference [viewed]

The UN World Tourism Organization's (UNWTO) 10 November 2008: The UN World Tourism Organization's

(UNWTO) Business Council, with the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism, will convene a

UNWTO Regional Conference on Climate Solutions for the Tourism Industry for the

Middle Eastern and Mediterranean countries in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, from

23-24 November 2008.

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World Bank Creates Green Bond to Finance Mitigation and Adaptation [viewed]

6 November 2008: The World Bank, in partnership with SEB and

Scandinavian institutional investors, will raise funds for projects seeking to

mitigate climate change or promote adaptation to its effects, through the issue

of a “World Bank green bond.”

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UNIDO to Hold World Hydrogen Energy Summit [viewed]

International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies (UNIDO-ICHET)

6 November 2008: The UN Industrial Development Organization

(UNIDO) and the International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies are

jointly organizing the World Hydrogen Energy Summit, to be held in Istanbul,

Turkey, from 15-17 July 2010.

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UNDP Releases Climate Change Country Profiles [viewed]

UNDP Climate Change Country Profiles

November 2008: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with the School of Geography and Environment at Oxford University, has developed a dataset of climate change country profiles for 52 developing countries.

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WMO Sponsors International Weather Forum [viewed]

An Awareness Campaign about Climate Change 9 November 2008: The Fifth International Weather Forum took

place from 6-9 November 2008, in Brussels, Belgium. The event was co-sponsored

by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the European Community,

MeteoFrance and other organizations. It brought together meteorologists,

experts in climate, journalists, weather presenters and broadcasters from all

over the world to discuss climate change and ways to better inform the public.

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European Forest Conference Addresses Climate and Energy Challenges [viewed]

Michel Barnier, French Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries

8 November 2008: The International Conference “The European

Forest-Based Sector: Bio-Responses to Address New Climate and Energy

Challenges?” took place from 6-8 November 2008, in Nancy, France. The

Conference aimed to provide policy makers with information regarding the role

of the forest-based sector in relation to the physical processes of the carbon

cycle, the competition between wood and other materials, and the energy market.

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ITTC-44 Discusses UNFCCC Forest-Related Developments, Provides Funds for Forest-Sector Response to Climate Change [viewed]

Katarina Kuehmayer, ITTC-44 Chair, congratulates Michael Maue, Papua New Guinea, on his nomination as Chair of the ITTC for 2009. 8 November 2008: Participants to the 44th session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC), which was held in Yokohama, Japan, from 3-8 November 2008, discussed developments under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) regarding forests and their potential implications for tropical forests and the world tropical timber economy, but did not adopt a decision on this agenda item.

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