Global Climate Observing System Steering Committee Convenes [viewed]

17 October 2008: The sixteenth session of the Global Climate

Observing System (GCOS) Steering Committee took place from 14-17 October 2008,

in Geneva, Switzerland. The GCOS Steering Committee is a group of experts

selected for their personal expertise and appointed jointly by the GCOS

sponsoring organizations – the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the

International Council for Science (ICSU) – to formulate the overall concept and

scope of GCOS and to provide scientific and technical guidance to the

sponsoring and participating agencies for the planning, implementation and

further development of GCOS. Committee members were presented with an overview

of key activities over the past year and with feedback from sponsors regarding

future development of GCOS.

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Global Climate Observing System Steering Committee Convenes [viewed]

17 October 2008: The sixteenth session of the Global Climate

Observing System (GCOS) Steering Committee took place from 14-17 October 2008,

in Geneva, Switzerland. The GCOS Steering Committee is a group of experts

selected for their personal expertise and appointed jointly by the GCOS

sponsoring organizations – the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the

International Council for Science (ICSU) – to formulate the overall concept and

scope of GCOS and to provide scientific and technical guidance to the

sponsoring and participating agencies for the planning, implementation and

further development of GCOS.

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UN Global Compact and UNEP Convene First Meeting of ‘Caring for Climate' Initiative [viewed]

Nukunonu Atoll seaside, one of the regions of the world vulnerable to climate change 21 October 2008: Representatives of over 150 corporations,

civil society organizations, governments and UN agencies gathered in Geneva,

Switzerland, on 21 October 2008, for the first meeting of signatories to

‘Caring for Climate,' a voluntary global action platform jointly launched in

2007 by the UN Global Compact, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

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European Forest Week Discusses Role of Wood Products in Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

European Forest Week 2008 21 October 2008: A policy dialogue took place on 21 October

2008, at UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome,

Italy, on the role of wood products and forests in climate change mitigation

and greenhouse gas balances. The event was one of several taking place as part

of European Forest Week 2008, which is being held from 20-24 October 2008.

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ECLAC Convenes Climate Change Seminar [viewed]

Concern Grows Over Impact of Climate Change on Economies in the Region 17 October 2008: The Economic Commission for Latin America

and the Caribbean (ECLAC) convened a seminar on "Climate change in Latin

America: Impact, Possibilities for Mitigation and Financing," from 15-16

October 2008, in Santiago, Chile. During the meeting, participants discussed

the possible imposition of trade barriers on products from the region due to

carbon emissions in their production and transportation and stressed the

urgency to mitigate the effects of climate change.

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Francophonie Pledges to Halve GHG Emissions by 2050 [viewed]

Francophonie Pledges to Halve GHG Emissions by 2050 20 October 2008: During the 12th Francophonie Summit, which

took place in Quebec City, Canada, from 17-19 October 2008, seventy

French-speaking nations and regional governments adopted the Quebec

Declaration.

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WMO Fourth International Workshop on Monsoons Opens in Beijing [viewed]

World Weather Research Programme (WWRP)

20 October 2008: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Fourth International Workshop on Monsoons is taking place from 20–25 October

2008, in Beijing, China. The workshop is part of the WMO major quadrennial

symposia and workshops series under the World Weather Research Programme

(WWRP).

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UN Secretary-General Urges Closer Relations Between UN and Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies [viewed]

United Nations 20 October 2008: In a message to the International

Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies' seventh Pan African

Conference, taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 19-22 October

2008, Cheick Sidi Diarra, the Secretary-General's High Representative for the

Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island

Developing States, on behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, called for

strengthening the relationship between the UN and the International Federation.

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G-8 Meeting to Address Financial Crisis [viewed]

18 October 2008: During a meeting on the sidelines of the

Francophonie Summit, which convened in Quebec City, Canada, from 17-19 October

2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and French President Nicolas Sarkozy

agreed on the need to hold an emergency G-8 summit to address the financial

crisis and ensure that its negative impact on the world's economies does not

undermine the major UN efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, to

fight against the effects of climate change and to address the food crisis.

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CBD Secretariat Posts List of Participants to Receive Funding for Participation in Indigenous Peoples' Consultation on REDD [viewed]

17 October 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on

Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the UN University's

Traditional Knowledge Initiative and Tebtebba, has announced the beneficiaries

of financial assistance for participation in the Global Indigenous Peoples'

Consultation on Potential Impacts of “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and

Forest Degradation (REDD)” on Indigenous and Local Communities (12-14 November

2008, Baguio City, Philippines).

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