UNDP Holds Consultation on Citizen's Engagement on Climate Change and the Global Economic Crisis [viewed]

© UNDP9 June 2009: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) held a two-day consultation with 25 representatives of civil society organizations and foundations in New York, US. UNDP is preparing a 20-year review of the impact of its flagship publication, the Human Development Report, which advocates for a healthy environment where people can lead productive and creative lives.

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UNEP Signs MoU on Green Games with Russian Sochi Olympic Organizers [viewed]

© UNEP9 June 2009: In an effort to green the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Russian Olympic organizers to help and advise them on making the games environmentally friendly.

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UNEP and the Department of Public Information Organize International Student Videoconference to Promote “Seal The Deal” Campaign [viewed]

9 June 2009: The UN Department of Public Information and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) organized an international student videoconference on 2 June to mark World Environment Day.

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CIFOR Study on Oil Palm Plantations Identifies Research Needs on Biofuels and Carbon Impacts [viewed]

June 2009: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), has published a study on the impacts and research needs with regard to oil palm plantations, covering, among other issues, the impacts of increased cultivation for biofuel production.

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CIFOR Study Shows Benefits of REDD Payments for Protecting Large Mammals in the Tropics [viewed]

June 2009: A report published by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), shows that payments for reducing emissions from deforestation or forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) could also protect orangutans, pygmy elephants, and other wildlife at risk of extinction.

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IOM Publishes Brief on the Interplay Among Migration, Climate Change and Environmental Degradation [viewed]

© IOM May 2009: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has issued a policy brief titled “Migration, Climate Change and the Environment,” which presents key information and analysis on the interplay between migration, climate change and environmental degradation.

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UN Chief Executives Board Organizes Panel on Key Issues for REDD Implementation [viewed]

© UN-REDD9 June 2009: The UN Chief Executives Board (CEB) organized a panel, on the sidelines of the climate change talks being held in Bonn, Germany, to present UN-REDD, a collaborative initiative of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) that assists forested developing countries and the international community gain experience with REDD.

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World Oceans Day Highlights Impacts of Climate Change on Marine Life [viewed]

8 June 2009: World Oceans Day was celebrated officially for the first time on 8 June. The 2009 event focused on the theme “Our Oceans, Our Responsibility.” In a message to mark the Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the impacts of human activities on marine life, emphasizing that climate change causes sea temperature increases, sea-level rise and ocean acidification.

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UN/ISDR Launches Discussion Board for Global Platform Meeting [viewed]

© COPYRIGHTFOTO8 June 2009: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has opened a Discussion Board for the Second Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.

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Inter-Agency Standing Committee Calls for Agreement to Address Humanitarian Shocks of Climate Change [viewed]

© IASC8 June 2009: During the climate change talks taking place in Bonn, Germany, the 18 UN and non-UN aid agencies that constitute the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) called for integrating measures to counter the humanitarian impacts of climate change into the new climate change agreement.

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