UNDP Supports GEF-funded Adaptation Project in Mountain Forest Ecosystem in Armenia [viewed]

Gef New LogoOctober 2009: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is the implementing agency for a Global Environment Facility-funded (GEF) project to build up the resilience and adaption capacity of mountain forest ecosystems in Armenia, a biodiversity hotspot area containing half of the region's floral diversity, to protect against climate change effects.

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CDM Methodologies Panel Releases Report of 41st Meeting [viewed]

UNFCCC29 October 2009: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Methodologies Panel (Meth Panel) has published the report of its 41st meeting, which convened from 19-23 October 2009, in Bonn, Germany.

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ITU Highlights ICTs as Part of the Climate Solution [viewed]

Itu Logo29 October 2009: As participants prepare for the Barcelona Climate Change Talks, which will convene from 2-6 November 2009, in Barcelona, Spain, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has highlighted the critical importance of including information and communication technologies (ICTs) as part of the climate solution.

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UN Secretary-General Cautiously Optimistic about Copenhagen [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon28 October 2009: In his monthly press conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that, although much work remains to be done, he is optimistic that world leaders will reach an ambitious agreement in Copenhagen.

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Global Parliamentarians' Conference Commits to Women's Health and Rights in Face of New Challenges, Including Climate Change [viewed]

Unfpalogo28 October 2009: The UN Population Fund (UNFPA), in collaboration with the Forum of African and Arab Parliamentarians on Population and Development (FAAPPD), along with European, Asian and Inter-American parliamentarian groups, organized the fourth Global Parliamentarians' Conference on Population and Development, which convened from 27-28 October 2009, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Africa Regional Implementation Meeting Prepares for CSD 18 [viewed]

Uneca27 October 2009: Director of the UN Economic Commission for Africa's (ECA) Food and Security and Sustainable Development Josue Dione welcomed participants to the sixth session of the Committee on Food Security and Sustainable Development, which is meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and reported on ECA's implementation of its 2008-2009 work programme, especially with regard to land policy, agricultural development, food security and the challenges of climate change.

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GEF's Fifth International Waters Conference Highlights Large Marine Ecosystems Are Warming More Rapidly Than Expected [viewed]

GEF's Fifth International Waters Conference Highlights Large Marine Ecosystems Are Warming More Rapidly Than Expected 27 October 2009: The Fifth GEF Biennial International Waters Conference, co-hosted by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Government of Australia, gathered over 300 of the world's leading water specialists to identify practical measures for coping with climatic variability. The Conference convened from 24-29 October 2009, at the Australian Great Barrier Reef, and featured new research on protecting coral reefs, adapting to the accelerated warming of coastal oceans, and adjusting to the movement of fisheries away from warming, polluted waters.

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UN Regional Commissions Exchange Views on Climate Change Economic Impacts [viewed]

Unga27 October 2009: The UN General Assembly Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held an interactive dialogue with Heads of the UN Regional Commissions on 27 October 2009, on “regional perspectives on the economic impacts of climate change.”

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UN/ISDR Co-Hosts 2009 Stockholm Policy Forum on Climate-Smart Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

Un-isdr26 October 2009: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) co-hosted the 2009 Stockholm Policy Forum on Climate-Smart Disaster Risk Reduction on 26 October 2009.

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World Bank Launches MultiCat Program to Insure Against Floods, Hurricanes and Wind Storms [viewed]

Worldbanklogo19 October 2009: The World Bank launched the MultiCat Program – a catastrophe bond issuance platform that gives governments and other public entities access to international capital markets to insure themselves against the risk of natural disasters. The types of events that may be insured are earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and other wind storms.

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