UNECA to Establish Climate Change Center for Africa [viewed]


Speaking at the 12th Executive Council meeting of the African Union, UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Executive Secretary Abdulahi Janneh disclosed plans establish an African center for climate policy studies to deal with the problem of climate change facing the continent.

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Art Exhibit ‘Melting Ice/A Hot Topic: Envisioning Change' will travel to UNEP Meeting in Monaco [viewed]

Achim_steiner_4The Natural World Museum (NWM) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have revealed plans to bring their innovative and highly celebrated art exhibit, “Melting Ice/A Hot Topic: Envisioning Change,” to the Principality of Monaco in for the Tenth Special Session of UNEP's Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum on Globalization and Environment: Financing the Climate Challenge.

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UN/ISDR Releases 2007 Disaster Figures [viewed]

Disasters_2 18 January 2008: UN/ISDR's 2007 disaster figures reveal that 2007 witnessed a marked increase in the number of floods compared with the average of the last seven years, and Asia was the continent hit hardest by disasters.

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Launch of the International Year of the Reef 2008 opens with call for greater efforts to combat climate change [viewed]

Iyor_logoCoral reef experts and supporters launched the International Year of the Reef 2008 in Washington, DC, US, with a resounding call for greater efforts to combat climate change to protect the world's biologically complex ocean ecosystem.

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UN/ISDR and WHO Launch Global ‘Hospitals Safe from Disasters' Campaign [viewed]

Covercampaing20082009The Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the World Health Organization (WHO) launched the global campaign “Hospitals Safe from Disasters” at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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IPCC Chair Addresses World Economic Forum [viewed]

Rajendra_pachauri_3In his address to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Intergovernmenal Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Chairman Rajendra Pachauri said “if action to tackle the threat of climate change emerges soon, driven by knowledge of where we are heading, as provided by the findings of the IPCC, there would be reason for optimism that other serious challenges facing the world may also evoke similar responses based on rational assessments of problems and knowledge driven solutions.”

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Summary of UN Secretary-General's Statements on Climate Change [viewed]


During January 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has repeatedly outlined the importance of multilateral action on climate change.

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UNEP-ILO-ITUC Release Preliminary Report on Green Jobs: Towards Sustainable Work in a Low-Carbon World [viewed]


“Green Jobs: Towards Sustainable Work in a Low-Carbon World” assembles evidence for currently existing green jobs in sectors such as renewable energy, energy efficiency in buildings and vehicles, sustainable transportation, and organic agriculture, and presents estimates for future green employment.

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WHO Director-General Calls for Action on Health and Climate Change [viewed]


Presenting her Report to the 122nd session of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Executive Board meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, Dr.

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IFAD Funds Project to Improve Natural Resource Management and Adaptation to Climate Change in Yemen [viewed]

Ifad_pink_3The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has agreed to fund a US$ 42.2 million project in Yemen to help reduce rural poverty by reversing the accelerating trend of natural resource degradation in five of the country's poorest areas.

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