Third High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness Opens [viewed]

2 September 2008: The Third High Level Forum on Aid

Effectiveness is taking place from 2-4 September 2008, in Accra, Ghana. Over

100 high-level country representatives, as well as heads of bilateral and

multilateral development agencies, donor organizations, and civil society

organizations, will discuss ways to increase the transparency of aid and make

it more results-oriented.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Stresses the Role of Public Understanding of Climate Change in Reaching Strong Outcome in Copenhagen [viewed]

31 August 2008: Speaking on the occasion of the twentieth

anniversary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the

opening of its twenty-ninth Plenary session, Roberto Acosta, Coordinator, UN

Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), on behalf of Yvo de Boer,

UNFCCC Executive Secretary, underlined the IPCC's role in global climate change

policies and the need for public understanding of climate change to

significantly strengthen international action to tackle this challenge and reach

an ambitious response in Copenhagen at the UN climate change meeting in

December 2009.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Poznan to be a Successful Bridge towards Copenhagen [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 31 August 2008: In a press conference given on the occasion

of the twentieth anniversary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

(IPCC) in Geneva, Switzerland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated

the IPCC for its accomplishments and for removing any doubt that climate change

was happening with its Fourth Assessment Report.

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International Polar Day 2008 [viewed]

International Polar Day - People September 2008: The sixth quarterly International Polar Day,

which will be celebrated on 24 September 2008, will address how climate change

and renewed exploitation present urgent challenges to Arctic people, including

by examining the health impacts of climate change on the Arctic residents and

the focus of monitoring programmes of the polar environment on climate change.

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International Congress to Address Anthropogenic Impacts on the Marine Environment [viewed]

September 2008: The International Congress on ‘Anthropogenic

Impacts on the Marine Environment' is scheduled to take place in Ismal,

Algeria, from 27-29 October 2008.

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UNEP Releases Booklet on Energy Subsidies [viewed]

Reforming Energy Subsidies: Opportunities to Contribute to the Climate Change Agenda 26 August 2008: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) has released a booklet that seeks to raise awareness of energy subsidies and their impact.

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Encouraging Debates Conclude in Accra [viewed]

Closing press conference 27 August 2008: The third session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term

Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) and the first part of the

sixth session of the Ad Hoc Working

Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol to

the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) took place from 21-27

August 2008, in Accra, Ghana.

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WHO Report: Closing the Gap in a Generation [viewed]

Closing the gap in a generation: Health equity through action on the social determinants of health 28 August 2008: In this report, subtitled “Health equity

through action on the social determinants of health,” the World Health

Organization's (WHO) Commission on Social Determinants of Health calls for

closing the health gap in a generation and outlines the requirements for developing

solutions to the inequities between and within countries.

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UNPFII Resource Kit on Indigenous Peoples' Issues Available [viewed]

Resource Kit on Indigenous People 27 August 2008: This toolkit is aimed at UN Country Teams

and other development agents, to provide guidance on how to engage indigenous

peoples and include their perspectives in development processes.

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UNGA President Kerim Discusses Climate Change in the Republic of Korea [viewed]

General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim 26 August 2008: Climate change was among the topics

discussed in official talks between Han Seung-soo, Prime Minister of the

Republic of Korea, and Srgjan Kerim, President of the UN General Assembly

(UNGA), on 25 August 2008.

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