UN Under-Secretary General Urges Turning the Energy Equation Around in Favor of the Poor [viewed]

United Nations Development Programme 18 September 2008: Speaking at the Financial Times-World Energy Council's Energy Leaders Summit, Ad Melkert, UN Under-Secretary General and Associate Administrator of the UN Development Programme, stated that access to affordable and sustainable energy services stands as a roadblock for

millions in Africa, Asia and Central and South America to escape poverty.

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UN/ISDR: International Day for Disaster Reduction to Focus on Making Hospitals Safe from Disasters [viewed]

 International Day for Disaster Reduction September 2008: The 2008 International Day for Disaster

Reduction, celebrated on 8 October, will focus on making hospitals and health

facilities safe from disaster. The Day will be part of the UN International

Strategy for Disaster Reduction's (UN/ISDR) new World Disaster Reduction

Campaign 2008-2009: Hospitals Safe from Disasters.

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UN Secretary-General Appoints Two New Climate Change Envoys [viewed]

Festus Mogae, former president of Botswana 18 September 2008: The UN Secretary-General has appointed

Festus Mogae, former President of Botswana, and Srgjan Kerim, outgoing

President of the UN General Assembly, as Special Envoys on climate change.

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Report on Migrant Birds and Climate Change Launched at AEWA MOP [viewed]

Climate change is a major threat to migratory waterbirds, according to a new report by the British Trust for Ornithology and Wetlands International.

18 September 2008: Climate change is a major threat to

migratory waterbirds and international cooperation is required to reduce the

many pressures they face, according to a new report launched at the fourth

Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the Agreement on the Conservation of

African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA), taking place from 15-19 September

2008, in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

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FAO Releases Figures on Impact of High Food Prices on Hunger and Poverty [viewed]

Hunger on the rise. Soaring prices add 75 million people to global hunger rolls 18 September 2008: On the eve of the opening of the 63rd

session of the UN General Assembly, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization

(FAO) released a briefing paper on the impact of high food prices on hunger,

which states that rising food prices pushed 75 million more people into hunger

and threatens efforts to realize the goal of halving the number of those in

hunger by 2015. The paper will inform a high-level event on the Millennium

Development Goals (MDGs), to be held on 25 September.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Outlines Benefits of Sectoral Approach [viewed]

17 September 2008: In an interview with Carbon Finance,

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer said a sectoral approach to reducing

emissions would have a “clear environmental benefit.”

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UNEP Announces Tenth Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans to Consider Climate Change Challenges [viewed]

September 2008: The Tenth Global Meeting of the Regional

Seas Conventions and Action Plans will take place in Guayaquil, Ecuador, from

25-27 November 2008.

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World Bank Convenes Forest Dialogue, Highlights Links with Combating Climate Change [viewed]

17 September 2008: Forest stakeholders gathered in

Washington, DC, US, on 16-17 September 2008, to agree on a new set of

principles for sustainable forest management (SFM) and its central role in

combating climate change.

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OECD Secretary-General Highlights Potential for GHG Emission Reductions in the Energy Sector [viewed]

16 September 2008: Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), participated in the Energy Leaders Summit organized by the Financial Times and World Energy Council, in London, UK, on 16-17 September 2008. Addressing heads of the main traditional and new energy companies, as well as government representatives and financiers, who met to discuss the future of energy beyond 2025, Gurría highlighted the need for public-private partnerships for the development and deployment of “large-scale transformative energy technologies.”

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WMO and ISO Strengthen Partnership [viewed]

WMO headquarters, Geneva, 16 September 2008 — Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of WMO, and Alan Bryden, Secretary General of ISO 17 September 2008: The World Meteorological Organization

(WMO) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) have agreed

to increase their cooperation in the development of international standards

related to meteorological and hydrological data, products and services.

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