ITU to Hold High-Level Events on ICTs and Climate Change [viewed]

High-Level Segment (HLS)

4 November 2008: The International Telecommunication Union's

(ITU) High-Level Segment of the Council (HLS) will take place from 12-13

November 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland, and will focus on information and

communication technologies (ICTs) and climate change.

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WMO Commission for Hydrology to Review Climate Change and Water Activities [viewed]

World Meteorological Organization 4 November 2008: The 13th session of the World

Meteorological Organization (WMO) Commission for Hydrology opened on 4 November

2008 at WMO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and will conclude on 12

November. The Commission for Hydrology shapes the water-related activities of

the WMO, and addresses issues related to the basic hydrological observation

network, water resources assessment, flood forecasting and management,

adaptabili

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UNEP Co-sponsors Conference on Military's Role in Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

3 November 2008: The UN Environment Programme, (UNEP), with

the EU Member States Defense Environment Network, the US Department of Defense,

the Institute for Environmental Security, the US Environmental Protection

Agency, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Institute

for Defense Analysis, and the Environment and Security Initiative, is

co-sponsoring a meeting from 3-5 November 2008 in Paris, France, on “The

Importance of Military Organizations in Protecting the Climate: 2008.”

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UNGA Considers 2008 Report of Economic and Social Council [viewed]

3 November 2008: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) debated the

Report of the Economic and Social Council for 2008 (document A/63/3 and

A/63/255), and the report of the Secretary-General on the Role of the Economic

and Social Council in the integrated and coordinated implementation of and

follow-up to the outcomes of the major United Nations conferences and summits,

in the light of relevant General Assembly resolutions, including resolution

61/16 (document A/63/63-E/2008/77).

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UN-HABITAT: Fourth World Urban Forum Opens in China [viewed]

Fourth Session of World Urban Forum opens in Nanjing

3 November 2008: The

fourth session of the World Urban Forum opened in Nanjing, China, under the

theme “Harmonious Urbanization.” During the opening ceremony, Chinese officials

noted the importance of integrated development between cities and regions, with

emphasis on energy and climate change mitigation.

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UN Secretary-General Highlights Bangladesh's Efforts in Disaster Risk Prevention [viewed]

2 November 2008: In a press conference given in Dhaka,

Bangladesh, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that the financial crisis

should not “impede our efforts to fight climate change.” He described the

possible impacts of global warming on Bangladeshis, and noted the country's

efforts in disaster prevention and preparedness.

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Sixth World Forum on Sustainable Development Discusses Effects of Globalization in the Face of Climate Change [viewed]

6th World Forum of Sustainable development 31 October 2008: The Sixth World Forum on Sustainable

Development took place in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, from 27-30 October

2008, and was organized with the participation of several institutions,

including the UN Environment Programme, the UN Development Programme, the UN

Food and Agriculture Organization, the African Union, the African Development

Bank, the Economic Commission for Africa, and the World Environment Fund.

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IMO London Convention Parties Agree on Moratorium on Ocean Fertilization [viewed]

International Maritime Organization (IMO)

31 October 2008: The thirtieth meeting of the contracting

parties to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of

Wastes and Other Matter (London Convention) and the third meeting of the

contracting parties to the London Protocol, which met from 27-31 October 2008,

at International Maritime Organization (IMO) headquarters in London, UK,

adopted a resolution on the regulation of ocean fertilization (LC-LP.1(2008)).

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OECD Releases Paper on Role of Public Finance in Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

24 October 2008: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation

and Development (OECD) has released a discussion paper entitled “What Role for

Public Finance in Climate Change Mitigation,” which considers how public

finance in developed countries can best be used to support climate change

mitigation in developing countries.

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ITU Members Agree to Reduce GHG Emissions from ICT Use [viewed]

World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 31 October 2008: The World Telecommunication Standardization

Assembly of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which took place

in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 21-30 October 2008, adopted a resolution

whereby ITU members will work towards reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG)

emissions arising from the use of information and communication technologies

(ICT).

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