Indian Climate Scientist Wins Top UN Meteorological Prize [viewed]

WmoThe World Meteorological Organization (WMO) awarded Jagadish Shukla, President of the Institute of Global of Environment and Society and Professor of Earth Sciences and Global Change, and Chairman of Climate Dynamics at George Mason University, the 52nd International Meteorological Organization (IMO) Prize.

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Switzerland Publishes First Report of the “National Climate Observing System (GCOS Switzerland)” [viewed]

Swiss_global_climate_observing_systThe Swiss Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Office has compiled the first inventory of the country's long-term climate data.

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WMO Secretary General Emphasizes Need to Strengthen African Countries' Meteorological and Hydrological Services [viewed]

Michel_jarraud_2Discussing the need to protect against the damaging effects of climate change, Michel Jarraud, Secretary General of the World Meterological Organization (WMO), emphasized the importance of “African National Meteorological and Hydrological Services … as actors of development… particularly with regard to evaluating and monitoring the environment, preparing for natural hazards, and… climate change.”

Speaking at the Conference of the African Ministers of Trade and Finance in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, held from 1-3 April 2008, he noted African countries' particular susceptibility to extreme weather events and encouraged investment in observational networks to facilitate early warnings of natural disasters and climate predictions.

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UN General Assembly Thematic Debate Addresses Climate Change's Links to Achieving the MDGs [viewed]

Mdg2 April 2008: Many speakers addressed links between climate change and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) during the UN General Assembly's two-day thematic debate entitled “Recognizing the achievements, addressing the challenges and getting back on track to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.” In her opening remarks to the 1-2 April 2008 thematic debate, Asha-Rose Migiro, UN Deputy Secretary-General, highlighted many speakers' concern that climate change could thwart achievement of the MDGs.

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IFAD VP Emphasizes Collective Effort to Tackle Poverty, Climate Change and High Food Prices [viewed]

NwanzekanayoInternational Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Vice-President Kanayo Nwanze told participants at the first annual meeting of the African Union/United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Conference of Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, that “A concerted, coordinated and collective effort is the most effective way to tackle the triple scourge of poverty, climate change and high food prices and to guarantee a sustainable future for women, marginalized groups and smallholder farmers in Africa.”

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ITU Symposia to focus on combating climate change with technology [viewed]

Itu_2The UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will be organizing an International Symposia on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Climate Change, to take place in Kyoto, Japan, from 15-16 April, and in London, UK, from 17-18 June.

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UN Secretary-General Ban Addresses Climate Links with Development: Recent Statements Regarding Climate Change [viewed]

Ban_kimoonIn his 1 April 2008 address to the UN General Assembly's thematic debate on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that “development progress is gravely threatened by the effects of climate change and other major environmental challenges.” He highlighted that changes in our natural environment “can have adverse impacts on economic and social development,” and emphasized developing countries' need for “additional assistance and resources to support their adaptation efforts,” given their limited technological and financial resources.

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GEF and UNDP Support Biomass Gasifier Plant in India [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF)/UNDP, India Canada Environment Facility (ICEF), and the Government of Karnataka, India, are supporting a biomass gasifier plant, which uses carbon neutral biomass to produce electricity for rural villages.

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Adaptation Fund Board Holds Inaugural Meeting [viewed]

Unfccc_2The Board of the Kyoto Protocol's Adaptation Fund met for the first time from 26-28 March 2008, in Bonn, Germany. The Fund, which was set up under the Kyoto Protocol and approved at the Bali Climate Change Conference in December 2007, will finance adaptation projects that assist developing countries to deal with the impact of climate change.

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Associate Administrator Identifies Poverty-Energy and Climate Issues as a Defining Element for UNDP's Profile [viewed]

Ad Melkert, the UN Development Programme's Associate Administrator, identified connecting poverty-energy and climate issues as one of eight defining elements for UNDP's profile.

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