WFP Initiative Targets Women Vulnerable to Climate Change [viewed]

Looding forces Samya Begum has to abandon her home every year - © WFP/Natasha Scripture21 September 2009: Vulnerable Group Development is a joint programme between the World Food Programme (WFP), the Government of Bangladesh and local NGOs, which provides monthly rations of flour and “life-skills” training to vulnerable women primarily in disaster-prone areas.

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UNESCO's OceanObs'09 to Focus on Ocean Observation Methods [viewed]

© OceanObs'0917 September 2009: UNESCO's OceanObs'09 Conference, held from 21-25 September 2009, in Venice, Italy, will seek to take stock of the progress made over the last ten years, presenting scientific results based on global ocean observation, considering the related societal and economic benefits, examining the present frontiers of global ocean observations, and looking at the way ahead in the coming decade.

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IPCC WG Holds Expert and Lead Author Meetings on Renewable Energy [viewed]

L-R: The Special Report is developed under the responsibility of the Co-Chairs of the IPCC's Working Group III Youba Sokona, Ottmar Edenhofer, and Ramón Pichs Madruga - © IPCC WG III4 September 2009: Working Group (WG) III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) held the second lead author meeting for the Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN) from 1-4 September 2009, in Oslo, Norway. The meeting was preceded by an expert meeting on Modeling Renewable Energies, held from 30-31 August 2009.

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UNDESA Prepares Policy Briefs on Climate Change Topics [viewed]

© UN DESAAugust 2009: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) has prepared a series of Policy Briefs on a range of topics related to climate change, including: the energy challenge; industrial policies to face climate and development challenges; financing mitigation and adaption; climate justice; approaches and resources for multidimensional climate change threats; and technology transfer climate change: Beyond TRIPS.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Delivers Video Message Ahead of Bangkok Talks [viewed]

© UNFCCCSeptember 2009: In a recently released video message, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer takes stock of international climate change negotiations ahead of the upcoming talks in Bangkok.

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UN Global Climate Week: Activities Start in Hamburg [viewed]

© UNEP19 September 2009: The first “Global Climate Week” was launched on 19 September 2009, in Hamburg, Germany, initiating a week of synchronised activity around the world to encourage urgent action to combat climate change. Global Climate Week officially runs from 21-25 September 2009, involving activities by corporations, community groups and individuals around the world. It coincides with the Summit on Climate Change that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will host on 22 September 2009, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Publishes Bangkok Fact Sheet [viewed]

© UNFCCC18 September 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a fact sheet on the ninth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) and the seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA), which will be held in Bangkok from 28 September-9 October 2009.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Fact Sheet on Adaptation [viewed]

© UNFCCC18 September 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a fact sheet titled “The need for adaptation,” which outlines links between climate change and sustainable development, options for responding to adaptation needs, funding requirements, current UNFCCC efforts, the Adaptation Fund and negotiations post-2012.

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WMO and ITU Hold Joint Seminar on Monitoring and Prediction of Weather, Water and Climate [viewed]

© WMO - ITU18 September 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) held their first joint seminar on “Use of Radio Spectrum for Meteorology: Weather, Water and Climate Monitoring and Prediction.” The seminar was held at WMO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, from 16-18 September 2009.

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Long-Term Mitigation May Cost 0.1% of Average Global Annual GDP Growth - OECD [viewed]

© OECD18 September 2009: A new book titled The Economics of Climate Change Mitigation: Policies and Options for Global Action Beyond 2012, launched by the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), concludes that a full-fledged global carbon market would cost just one-tenth of a percent of average world annual GDP growth between 2012 and 2050 to achieve moderately ambitious climate targets. Put differently, this would mean a 4% reduction in GDP in 2050 compared to a scenario where no policy action is taken. Over the same period, world GDP growth is projected to grow by more than 250%.

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