UNDP and IDB Host High-Level Meeting for Latin American Officials to Discuss Climate Financing Options [viewed]

© UNDP19 October 2009: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), jointly with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), organized a two-day meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that gathered more than 60 of Latin America and the Caribbean's high-level finance and environment governmental officials, along with representatives from the private sector and international organizations, to explore options for long-term climate investments.

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UNHCR Reviews its Role in Addressing the Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

© UNHCROctober 2009: The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has released a fact sheet on the involvement, challenges and responses that the organization is facing in addressing the impacts of climate change.

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OECD Launches Publication on Mitigation Economics [viewed]

© OECDOctober 2009: The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has produced a book entitled “The Economics of Climate Change Mitigation: Policies and Options for Global Action Beyond 2012.”

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Event: OECD World Forum: Statistics, Knowledge and Policy: Charting progress, building visions, improving life [viewed]

This meeting will gather international environment, development, business and social affairs experts to discuss the statistics needed “to better take into account the social and environmental dimensions of economic development,” as requested by the G-20 Pittsburgh meeting. Areas to be explored include climate change, inequality and urban development among others. The meeting is organised by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) with the European Commission, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, the United Nations and the World Bank, in partnership with Statistics Korea.  

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UNGA Second Committee Discusses Climate Change Impacts and Threats [viewed]

© UN General Assembly19 October 2009: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) participated, on 19 October, in a panel discussion focused on “Climate Change: Impacts and Threats,” based on the Secretary-General's report “Climate Change and its Possible Security Implications.” The event was organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) under the auspices of the Second Committee.

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India Hosting Climate Change-related Meetings [viewed]

© UN DESA19 October 2009: The Government of India is hosting a number of bilateral and multilateral meetings related to climate change in the coming week.

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African Experts Refining Position for Copenhagen [viewed]

© UNECA19 October 2009: The Second Technical Meeting of the African high-level expert panel and negotiators on climate change has opened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with a view to updating the African common negotiating position for Copenhagen. The meeting is organized by the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) and the African Union, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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Third GEF-5 Replenishment Meeting Discusses Allocations for Focal Areas [viewed]

© GEF15 October 2009: The third meeting of participants for the fifth Global Environment Facility (GEF-5) Replenishment convened at the World Bank office in Paris, France, from 14-15 October 2009.

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Guest Article #24: World Food Day: Genetic Resources – Part of the solution [viewed]

The food crises and economic downturn of recent years have highlighted the fact that food safety is a global challenge that requires proactive international commitment from all nations. Agriculture and food production are vital to the development of impoverished nations and must be restored to a central role in development-aid policy. In order to guarantee food supplies for the Earth's growing population, a solid commitment to the preservation and sustainable use of genetic resources must be at the core of agricultural development. This is especially important in an era of increasing man-made climate change. 

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UNDP Administrator Highlights the Effects of Climate Change on the Poor on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty [viewed]

© UNDP17 October 2009: On the occasion of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark stressed that climate change has the potential to undermine development and make it worse for those already unable to access adequate shelter, food, energy, clean water and sanitation.

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