UNDP Promotes Clean Energy Transport at Olympics [viewed]

UN agency helps Chinese authorities promote clean energy transport at Olympics

31 July 2008: As part of the efforts to make the Beijing

Olympics environmentally friendly, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) is

providing four electric buses for use during the Games.

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Scientific Symposium to Examine Ocean Acidification [viewed]

Second Symposium on The Ocean in a High-CO2 World

August 2008: The

Second Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World,

co-organized by the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO)

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), is scheduled to take place from 6-9

October 2008 in Monaco.

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UN to Decrease Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Month of August [viewed]

Taking aim at climate change in the landmark United Nations building in New York, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today launched a new campaign, “Cool UN,”. Photo credit, United Nations

1 August 2008: The United Nations plans to decrease its

carbon footprint for the month of August by increasing the temperature in its

New York Headquarters and eliminating air conditioning on the weekends. The

initiative will result in an emissions decrease of the equivalent of 300 pounds

of carbon dioxide and, if the trial period is successful and the initiative is

extended, could save the UN roughly US$1 million annually.

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General Assembly President Discusses Climate Change on Latin American Tour [viewed]

Statement by H.E. Dr. Srgjan Kerim, President of the United Nations General Assembly

31 July 2008: On his three-country tour of Latin America,

Srgjan Kerim, President of the UN General Assembly, has discussed climate

change with Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile, and addressed its importance

at a conference on the role of the UN in a globalized world.

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Standards Bodies Urged to Support ITU's Climate Change Work [viewed]

Global Standards Collaboration

30 July 2008: The Global Standards Organization (GSC) has

called on its members to share their views and experiences with groups addressing

information and communications technologies (ICTs) and climate change, highlighting

the International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) Focus Group on ICTs and

Climate Change.

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UNIDO and Partners Plan Regional Meeting on Energy Management Standards [viewed]

Energy Management Standards - Towards an International Energy Management System Standard. Photo credit, UNIDO

31 July 2008: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is

organizing a regional meeting for the Latin American region, on the theme “Towards

an International Energy Management System Standard.” The event will be held

from 27-29 August, 2008, in São Paulo, Brazil.

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Highlighting Development, Climate and Food Crises, UN Secretary-General Urges Copenhagen Agreement [viewed]

29 July 2008: In a message to the Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned

Movement in Tehran, Iran, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged a successful

conclusion to climate talks in Copenhagen in 2009, noting that progress towards

the Millennium Development Goals and ensuring food security have been severely

undermined by the climate crisis.

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Responses to Climate Change Bear Major Development Implications: Monterrey Review Process Draft Outcome Document Released [viewed]

Draft Doha Outcome Document on Reviewing the Implementation of the Monterrey Consensus 30 July 2008: The President of the UN General Assembly issued a draft outcome

document for the Monterrey Consensus Review Conference where countries would

recognize that responses to the climate change problem have “major development

implications” and “commit to respond to the additional financial requirements

that meet these new challenges with appropriate, concrete international

cooperation measures and policies.” The Review Conference, to be held in Doha,

Qatar, from November 29 to 2 December 2008, would also highlight that efforts

to address climate change should “promote increased trade in environmental

goods and not result in environmentally-based trade distortions.”

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WMO Expert Team on Urban Building Climatology Meets [viewed]

Expert Team on Urban and Building Climatology. Photo credit, WMO

28 July

2008: The World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Expert Team on

Urban Building Climatology is meeting at WMO headquarters, in Geneva, Switzerland region,

from 28-29 July 2008. The Team is one of the WMO Commission for Climatology's

Expert Teams focusing on climate applications to socioeconomic sectors.

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UNEP Executive Director Highlights the Postal Sector's Potential to Reduce its Environmental Footprint [viewed]

Statement by Achim Steiner to the Universal Postal Union's 24th Universal Post Congress. Photo credit, UNEP 25 July 2008: In a speech delivered at the 24th Universal Postal Union (UPU) Congress, which is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 23 July to 12 August 2008, UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Executive Director, Achim Steiner, highlighted the postal sector's role in the transition towards a green economy.

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