ESCAP's Asia-Pacific Business Forum Sets Out Proposals for Asia-Pacific Region's Climate Change Response [viewed]

 Climate Change Meeting Sets Out Key Proposals for Asia-Pacific Region's Response

22 January 2009: The Asia-Pacific Business Forum 2009/Climate Game Change – Innovations and Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation convened in Bangkok, Thailand, on 21 January 2009. The Forum was organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and it brought together 300 representatives from the private sector, government, civil society and international organizations, with the aim of promoting new partnerships, ideas and resolve for combating climate change.

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WHO Meeting on Transport, Health and Environment Discusses Mitigation of Transportation-Related GHG Emissions [viewed]

Organized in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Ministries of Transport, Environment and Health of the Netherlands

22 January 2009: The High-level Meeting on Transport, Health and Environment, organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe and the UN Economic Commission for Europe, and hosted by the Government of the Netherlands, is being held from 22-23 January 2009, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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FAO and IWMI Launch Asia Pacific Water Forum's Knowledge Hub on Irrigation Service Reform [viewed]

22 January 2009: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) launched the Asia Pacific Water Forum's Knowledge Hub for Irrigation Service Reform during a workshop held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 19- 21 January 2009. The Knowledge Hub will work towards the modernization of irrigation in the region.

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CBD Secretariat Invites Organizations to Submit Nominations for AHTEG on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD

21 January 2009: In preparation for the second meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on biodiversity and climate change, to be held from 18-22 April 2009, in Helsinki, Finland, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited organizations actively participating in issues related to biodiversity and climate change to submit nominations of experts no later than 20 February 2009.

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UN Secretary-General on President Obama's Inauguration: Towards a New Era of Strong Partnership [viewed]

21 January 2009: In a statement issued in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated Barack Obama on his inauguration as US President. He underlined that, increasingly, the challenges faced by the community of nations are global in scope and require collective responses, citing, inter alia, climate change, the food and energy crises, and human development.

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Documentary on the UN Calls for Global Efforts to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

Kiyotaka Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information

21 January 2009: A new documentary on the work of the UN entitled “Planet UN” had its world premiere at the Organization's Headquarters in New York, US. The film calls for unprecedented and concerted global efforts to confront threats such as the food, energy and financial crises, climate change and nuclear threats.

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South Centre Releases Report on Climate Change Financing [viewed]

January 2009: South Centre, an intergovernmental think tank of developing countries, has released a report entitled “Developed Country Climate Financing Initiatives Weaken the UNFCCC,” which examines the level and delivery vehicles of public financing for climate change actions in developing countries from Annex I parties of the UNFCCC.

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World Water Forum Prepcom Highlights Impacts of Climate Change on Water Scarcity [viewed]

Agriculture is by far the biggest water user

21 January 2009: The Third Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) meeting of the Ministerial Process of the Fifth World Water Forum, hosted by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and co-organized by the World Water Council, is being held at UN Food and Agriculture (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy, from 21-23 January 2008. The meeting has gathered delegates from over 60 countries to continue negotiations on a global plan of action for adapting to global changes that affect the management of freshwater resources.

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UNISDR Releases Revised Terminology Report [viewed]

UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)

21 January 2009: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has released a revised 2009 Terminology Report, which aims to promote common understanding and common usage of disaster risk reduction concepts and to assist the disaster risk reduction efforts of authorities, practitioners and the public.

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CBD Secretariat Invites Nominations for AHTEG on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

19 January 2009: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited parties to nominate experts for the second meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on biodiversity and climate change, to be held from 18-22 April 2009, in Helsinki, Finland. 

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