Guest Article #6: Climate Change Adaptation Starts with Disaster Reduction [viewed]

Last week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held a special meeting with Member State Ministers in New York, urging them to prioritize disaster risk reduction as the first tool out of the box for climate change adaptation. This week, as we commemorate the International Day for Disaster Reduction on 8 October, this call must be repeated to the wider climate change community. 

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CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin Issue 7 Released [viewed]

CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin Issue No. 7

8 October 2008: IISD Reporting Services is pleased to

announce that the newest issue of CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin is now available. To

access the eighth issue directly, click here. To read past

issues and to sign up to receive the Bulletin, click here.

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UN Secretary-General: Climate Change Increases Urgency to Implement Hyogo Framework [viewed]

Ban Ki-Moon. The Secretary-General of United Nations Message on the International Day for Disaster Reduction 8 October 2008: On the occasion of the International Day for

Disaster Reduction, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted the greater

incidence of disasters in 2008 and called for increased action to “turn

commitments on paper into deeds” and implement the 2005 Hyogo Framework for

Action.

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UNCCD Executive Secretary Calls for Global Partnership Towards Effective Disaster Reduction [viewed]

UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja 8 October 2008: In a statement to mark the International Day

of Disaster Reduction, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja highlighted that action on climate change

mitigation and adaptation must consider managing risks to drought in a global

coordinated approach, and said the Hyogo Framework for action is a platform to

achieve these considerations.

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FAO Calls for Review of Biofuel Policies [viewed]

The State of Food and Agriculture 2008 7 October 2008: The 2008 edition of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) State of the World's Food and Agriculture Report focuses on the prospects, risks and opportunities for biofuels. The report addresses key questions relating to the benefits and impacts of biofuel production and use, including impacts on food security, land and water resources, as well as contributions to greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction and agricultural development.

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WMO Secretary-General Addresses Gambia Climate Change Forum [viewed]

WMO Statement at the Gambia Climate Change Forum 7 October 2008: Addressing the Gambia Climate Change Forum,

taking place in Kololi, the Gambia, from 6-7 October 2008, the

Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Michel

Jarraud, stated that the potential impacts of climate variability and change on

water resources demand special attention, particularly in Africa.

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EU-LAC Forum addresses bi-regional cooperation on climate change [viewed]

The EU, Latin America and the Caribbean: Confronting the challenges of globalisation in a post-Lima Summit partnership 6 October 2008: A bi-regional EU-Latin America and the Caribbean (EU-LAC) forum convened in Paris, France, on 6 October 2008, to address the challenges of globalization and its effect on the economy, social cohesion and the environment. Pamela Cox, World Bank Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean, addressed the forum, highlighting that some countries in Latin America and its citizens “and particularly the extreme poor, are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.”

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UNEP Announces Projects to Prove Investments in Nature-Based Assets Serve as Key Adaptation Measures [viewed]

Country Pilots to Prove Investments in Nature-Based Assets Give High Economic, Social and Environmental Rate of Return 6 October 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in

cooperation with governments, is drawing up some projects to demonstrate that

re-investing in damaged ecosystems can generate significant economic,

environmental and social returns.

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees Stresses Link Between Climate Change and Forced Displacements [viewed]

High Commissioner António Guterres opens the 59th annual meeting of UNHCR's governing Executive Committee 6 October 2008: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

António Guterres told the opening session of his agency's governing Executive

Committee, which met in Geneva, Switzerland, from 2-6 October 2006, that

climate change, extreme poverty and conflict are increasingly inter-related,

leading to a surge in forced displacement rising and demands on the UNHCR.

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Experts Selected for CBD Biodiversity and Climate Change AHTEG [viewed]

6 October 2008: The list of experts for the first meeting of

the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on biodiversity and climate change of

the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has been approved by the Bureau of

the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice and

the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties.

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