Guest Article #23: Climate information and services for decision-making [viewed]

Convened in Geneva from 31 August to 4 September 2009 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and its international partners, the World Climate Conference-3 (WCC-3) has initiated the process to establish a Global Framework for Climate Services, to ensure that climate information and predictions are made available to decision-makers and to all sectors enduring the increasing impacts of climate variability and change. This historic decision was unanimously adopted at the opening of the WCC-3 High-level Segment, which followed three days of intense deliberations by multidisciplinary international experts. Present on the occasion were the Presidents and Heads of State of 12 countries and close to 80 Ministers, as well as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and 12 Executive Heads of UN Agencies and Programmes.

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UNFCCC Bangkok Talks End with Little Progress on Finance and Mitigation [viewed]

© ENB9 October 2009: The first part of the seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (AWG-LCA 7) and the first part of the ninth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 9) took place from 28 September-9 October 2009, in Bangkok, Thailand.

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ICAO Member States Approve Declaration Pledging Commitment to Tackle Airline Industry Emissions [viewed]

© ICAO9 October 2009: Member States of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which represent 93 percent of commercial air traffic globally, have approved a Declaration affirming their commitment to work through ICAO to reduce industry emissions contributing to climate change.

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UNIDO Co-organizes Global Renewable Energy Forum 2009 [viewed]

© ENB9 October 2009: From 7-9 October 2009, the Global Renewable Energy Forum 2009, co-organized by the Ministry of Energy of Mexico and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), brought together over 2000 participants from over 73 countries, including 30 ministers and high-level representatives, to discuss “Scaling up Renewable Energy.”

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UNWTO Assembly Endorses Roadmap for Recovery [viewed]

© UNWTO8 October 2009: The 18th session of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly convened in Astana, Kazakhstan, from 5-8 October 2009.

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ILO Project Addresses Impact of Changing Weather Patterns on the Local Economy [viewed]

© ILO6 October 2009: The International Labour Organization (ILO) has a launched a new project to reduce the impact of changing weather patterns on the local economy.

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CBD Secretariat Launches Report on Forest Resilience, Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

© CBD October 2009: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has launched a synthesis report on the biodiversity/resilience/stability relationship in forest ecosystems.

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Universal Postal Union Measuring Industry's Carbon Footprint [viewed]

9 October 2009: On World Post Day, celebrated annually on 9 October, the Universal Postal Union (UPU) has called attention to its initiative to measure the postal industry's carbon footprint, with the objective of proposing industry-wide measures to reduce it.

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FAO Highlights the Risks of Climate Change to Food Security in Report on “How to Feed the World in 2050” [viewed]

© FAO8 October 2009: A new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) details the investment required to ensure food security in 2050, noting both the impacts of climate change on agricultural production, as well as the mitigation potential of agriculture.

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Climate Change at the Centre of UN General Assembly's Second Committee General Debate [viewed]

© UN7 October 2009: During the final stages of the general debate of the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly, several countries underscored the links between climate change, poverty reduction and food security.

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