UNECE/FAO Release Forest Products Annual Market Review 2007-2008 [viewed]

United States forest products market crash impacts UNECE region markets in 2007 and 2008 August 2008: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the

UNECE/FAO Forest Products Annual Market Review, 2007-2008. The Review, based on

the theme ‘Green building's impact on the forest sector in the UNECE region,'

covers all forest products market sectors as well as interlinked policy

developments in the UNECE region of Europe, North America and the CIS.

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UN/ISDR: Towards National Resilience: Good Practices of National Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

Towards National Resilience - Good practices of National Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction July 2008: This publication, released by Secretariat of the

International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), responds to the need

for comprehensive multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral national coordinating

mechanisms to reduce, prevent and manage the impacts of natural hazards, as

expressed in, inter alia, the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 (HFA) which

emphasized the importance of setting up National Platforms for disaster risk

reduction (DRR).

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WB-UN/ISDR: A Tool for Improving Climate Resilience of Cities [viewed]

Climate Resilient Cities - A Primer on Reducing Vulnerabilities to Climate Change Impacts and Strengthening Disaster Risk Management in East Asian Cities. Photo credit, World Bank 6 August 2008: The World Bank, the UN International Strategy

for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction

and Recovery (GFDRR) have released an interactive report entitled ‘Climate

Resilient Cities,' which provides cities and their governments with guidelines

to reduce their vulnerability to climate change and strengthen disaster risk

management.

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UNCTAD Hearing with Civil Society will address Global Food and Financial Crises [viewed]

6 August 2008: The UN Conference on Trade and Development's

(UNCTAD) Trade and Development Board hearing with civil society will address

the global food crisis as a systemic failure in development strategy, including

its relationship with climate change.

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WMO Cooperates in Olympic Games Forecasts [viewed]

WMO Members cooperate for Beijing 2008 weather forecasts 5 August 2008: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

is coordinating efforts by the government of China and the organization of the

Games during the Beijing Olympics to provide timely and accurate weather

predictions and characterization of associated risk, which are critical to the

event.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses the Climate and Food Crisis in a Joint Session of the Mexican Senate and Chamber of Deputies [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 4 August 2008: In an address to the Joint Session of the

Mexican Senate and Chamber of Deputies, UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon,

noted their pivotal role in bridging the local and global, highlighting the

three inter-related challenges faced by the world today, namely, a climate

crisis, a food crisis, and an emerging development emergency.

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ITTO Provides REDD Projects Overview [viewed]

Tropical Timber Market Report 4 August 2008: The latest issue of Tropical Timber Market

Report, a publication of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO),

provides an overview of carbon markets and reducing emissions from

deforestation and degradation (REDD). In addition to highlighting

climate-related forest experiences in several ITTO producer and consumer

countries, this issue discusses the potential contribution of the carbon market

to offsetting carbon emissions and how forest-related activities could

potentially be included in a post-2012 climate regime.

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Humanitarian Agencies should Engage in UN Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

Opinion Brief - Why humanitarian agencies should get engaged in the UN climate change negotiations August 2008: An opinion brief authored by Madeleen Helmer,

Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, Sarah La Trobe, Tearfund, and Silvia

Llosa, UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat, notes that

the humanitarian community has not engaged in climate debates, particularly

since attention focused on addressing the causes of climate change.

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Montreal Protocol's 28th OEWG Meeting Convenes [viewed]

11 July 2008: The 28th Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer convened from 7-11 July 2008, in Bangkok, Thailand.

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IAEA Annual Report: Climate Change to Shape Nuclear Future [viewed]

 IAEA Annual Report: Climate Change to Shape Nuclear Future 4 August 2008: The

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has released its 2007 Annual Report,

which notes that the nuclear development is increasingly shaped by issues

linked to concerns over and climate change, food and energy.

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