UNWTO Establishes Resilience Committee, Launches Energy Efficiency Initiative [viewed]

UNWTO Ministers' Summit 12 November 2008: The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO),

in partnership with the World Travel Market, held a Ministers' Summit at the

World Travel Market in London, UK, on 11 November 2008, under the theme

“Responding to the Economic Downturn and Staying on Course with the Climate and

Poverty Reduction Agenda.” During the meeting, a new UNWTO Resilience Committee

was announced.

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UN Secretary-General: “Financial Crisis is Most Immediate, the More Existential is Climate Change” [viewed]

Nukunonu Atoll seaside, one of the regions of the world vulnerable to climate change. Photo credit, United Nations. 11 November 2008: In a joint op-ed piece published in The International Herald Tribune on 10 November 2008 with Indonesian President

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and Danish Prime

Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for the

summit on the global financial crisis, scheduled to be held on 15 November

2008, in Washington DC, US, to seize the opportunity to tackle global warming.

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US Governors to Convene Governors' Global Climate Summit [viewed]

Governors' Global Climate Summit November 2008: California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and other US governors are co-hosting the Governors' Global Climate Summit, which will convene in Los Angeles, California, US, from 18-19 November 2008. In addition to government and sub-national “climate leaders” from, inter alia, China, India, the US, Brazil, Mexico and Canada, participants will include representatives from non-governmental organizations, academia and the private sector.

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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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