UN Secretary-General Stresses Role of Wetlands in Tackling Climate Change [viewed]

10th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties 28 October 2008: In a video message to the tenth meeting of

the Conference of the Contracting Parties of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands,

taking place in Changwon, Republic of Korea, from 28 October-4 November 2008,

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the appropriateness of the

conference's theme, “Healthy wetlands, healthy people.”

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Committee on Earth Observation Satellites Submits Report to UNFCCC [viewed]

Committee on Earth Observation Satellites Submits Report to UNFCCC 28 October 2008: The Committee on Earth Observation

Satellites (CEOS) has prepared an updated report on progress by space agencies

involved in global observations in implementing actions in response to the Global

Climate Observing System (GCOS) implementation plan. The report was submitted

to the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice, which

will hold its 29th session in Poznan, Poland, from 1-10 December 2008.

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FAO Convenes Consultation on Conservation Agriculture Carbon Offset [viewed]

Field of CA soybeans in Brazil 28 October 2008: The Conservation Agriculture Carbon Offset

Consultation, jointly organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization

(FAO) and the Conservation Technology Information Center, opened on 28 October

2008, and will conclude on 30 October, in West Lafayette, Indiana, US.

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UN Secretary-General at UN Day Concert: How Can We Afford Not to Tackle Climate Change? [viewed]

Leadership, Partnership Crucial in Creating Safer, More Prosperous World, Says Secretary-General in Remarks at United Nations Day Concert.

27 October 2008: In a speech delivered on 24 October 2008,

in New York, US, at the concert for UN Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

welcomed Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, who were performing, as well as

the Heads of UN agencies and programmes who had gathered for the biannual

meeting of the UN System Chief Executives Board.

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UN Issues Stamps on Global Warming [viewed]

UN Issues Stamps on Global Warming 23 October 2008: The UN has issued an international postage

stamp set and informational booklet about global warming, exclusively using

photographs from Gary Braasch's book “Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming is

Changing the World.” The publication is part of the UN's “Year of Planet Earth”

environmental focus.

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UN OHCHR Convenes Consultations on Climate Change and Human Rights [viewed]

OHCHR study on the relationship between climate change and human rights 22 October 2008: The Office of the UN High Commissioner for

Human Rights (OHCHR) convened an open-ended consultation meeting on the

relationship between climate change and human rights on 22 October 2008, in

Geneva, Switzerland.

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UN Second Committee Considers Report of the UNFCCC Executive Secretary [viewed]

UN General Assembly 27 October 2008: The Second Committee of the UN General

Assembly considered, on 27 October 2008, the Secretary-General's note on

Implementation of UN environmental conventions, transmitting the report

submitted by the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, and the report of the

Secretary-General on implementation of the UN Convention to Combat

Desertification (UNCCD) and the outcome of the observance of the International

Year of Deserts and Desertification (Document A/63/294).

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IEA Report Assesses Vulnerability of Heavy Industry to Carbon Leakage [viewed]

Issues behind Competitiveness<br /> and Carbon Leakage Focus on Heavy Industry 27 October 2008: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report that explores the vulnerability of heavy industry to carbon leakage – namely the movement of production away from jurisdictions where carbon constraints exist to jurisdictions where they do not – and competitiveness loss.

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EU and Asian Nations Reaffirm Need for Copenhagen Deal at ASEM7 [viewed]

Chair's Statement of the Seventh Asia-Europe Meeting 27 October 2008: The EU and 24 Asian States have signed a

declaration urging agreement on an international framework on climate change at

the Copenhagen negotiations in December 2009. The Beijing Declaration on

Sustainable Development was agreed and signed during the Seventh Asia-Europe

Meeting (ASEM), held from 24-25 October in Beijing, China.

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World Bank President: New Climate Regime Depends on Recognizing Development Interests While Shifting to a Low Carbon Path [viewed]

A World in Crisis Means a Chance for Greatness - Robert B. Zoellick, President of the World Bank Group 26 October 2008: In an article published in the Washington Post newspaper, World Bank President Robert Zoellick outlines what it will take for the aspiring candidates to the US presidency to be “a 21st-century Franklin D. Roosevelt.”

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