IFPRI Publishes Discussion Paper on Opportunities for Sub-Saharan Africa in Global Carbon Markets [viewed]

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) December 2008: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has published a discussion paper entitled: “Global Carbon Markets: Are There Opportunities for Sub-Saharan Africa?” The paper investigates the constraints that prevent Sub-Saharan countries from fully participating in global carbon markets and suggests policies for better integration.

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Guest Article #8: Climate change, energy and food security, economic development - in the end, it all trickles down to water [viewed]

We can be certain about one thing related to the future. The pressure on water resources will continue to increase. This is a fundamental challenge as water resources, unlike fossil fuels, are an irreplaceable natural resource for human survival. In light of climate change, and dwindling fossil fuel resources, the quest to find alternative sustainable energy sources will escalate. Eventually we will succeed, no doubt, but on the way the fundamental role of water will become even more evident, also in relation to energy security. And it is not only about hydropower – water is fundamental for cooling purposes, to grow bioenergy crops, and for storing and transporting energy.

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UNWTO Conference to Consider Economic Downturn [viewed]

UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) January 2009: The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is organizing a seminar on “World Tourism: Responding to the New Challenges in the Global Economy,” to be held on 29 January 2009, in Madrid, Spain.

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UNEP: World Anticipates Changes in US Climate Policy, Copenhagen [viewed]

UN Environment Programme (UNEP) December 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) reports that, after a year where weather-related disasters resulted in approximately US$200 billion in damages, many are anticipating 2009 to be a year of progress in the fight against climate change. In particular, many are looking towards the new US administration to make big changes with regard to climate change policy.

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UNEP Risoe Centre Publishes Paper on Electricity Sector Targets for Post-2012 [viewed]

UNEP Riso centre December 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risoe Centre has published its Working Paper No. 6, entitled: “Electricity sector no-lose targets in developing countries for post-2012: Assessment of emission reduction and reduction credits.”

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Last Update in 2008! [viewed]

Last Update in 2008! We at IISD RS wish you all the best for this holiday season and throughout the coming year.

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UNWTO Conference Stresses Role of Tourism in a Green Economic New Deal for Asia Pacific [viewed]

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO/OMT) 22 December 2008: The Second UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Conference on Tourism Trends and Outlook for the Asia Pacific took place from 17-19 December 2008, in Guilin, China, and gathered over 100 experts from 25 countries.

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UN Launches Campaign on Internally Displaced Persons, Including Those Affected by Climate Change [viewed]

IDPs in North Kivu (Democratic Republic of the Congo) 18 December 2008: The UN has launched a year-long advocacy campaign to help millions of internally displaced persons (IDPs), which represent 1% of the world's population, focusing on mitigating the impact of conflict and natural disasters.

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The Global Climate Observing System Reports on its 2007-2008 Activities [viewed]

Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) 19 December 2008: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Steering Committee has published a report on GCOS planning and implementation activities during 2007-2008. The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) is a joint undertaking of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Environment Programme, and the International Council for Science.

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UNGA Adopts Climate Change-Related Resolutions [viewed]

UN General Assembly (UNGA) 19 December 2008: Among 34 development-related actions put forward by its Second Committee (Economic and Financial), the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted a number of resolutions reflecting the breadth of the Committee's agenda, including consideration of the economic ramifications of climate change, and addressing the need for a more equitable international financial system and to bolster developing countries' resilience to financial risk.

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