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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African Union Announces Position on Climate Change [viewed]

© African Union18 September 2009: During his monthly press conference on 17 September 2009 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Jean Ping, President of the Commission of the African Union announced that Africa will request “polluting countries,” regardless of their participation in the Kyoto Protocol, to reduce their emissions “drastically.”

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UNCCD Secretariat Announces Plan to Offset COP 9 Carbon Emissions [viewed]

© UNCCD18 September 2009: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Secretary of Environment of Argentina have announced that they are taking action towards making the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 9) carbon neutral.

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Video Series to Promote Seal the Deal! Campaign [viewed]

© UN18 September 2009: Environmentalists, politicians, actors and film directors take part in a new UN public service announcement series, urging viewers to sign the Climate Petition on the Seal the Deal! website.

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ECOWAS Conference Calls for Human Rights Approach to Climate Change [viewed]

© ECOWAS17 September 2009: The Regional Conference on Protection Challenges to Climate Change in West Africa, held from 14-16 September 2009, in Lomé, Togo, called for broader consideration of the social impacts of climate change through a human rights- based approach.

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UNGA Second Committee to Address Climate Protection [viewed]

© UN17 September 2009: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly has decided to discuss the protection of global climate for present and future generations.

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