UNCCD Secretariat Invites Comments on Draft Water Policy Advocacy Framework [viewed]

August 2009: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has invited comments on a draft Water Policy Advocacy Framework, which seeks to provide a framework for the Secretariat to advocate for the development of water resource management policies at country level.

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Event: 11th Annual BIOECON Conference on Economic Instruments to Enhance the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity [viewed]

This Conference, hosted by Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei in association with Conservation International, DEFRA, Department of Land Economy of Cambridge University and the European Investment Bank (EIB), is focused on identifying the most effective and efficient instruments for biodiversity conservation. Among other issues it will address the demand for climate mitigation services, such as the protection of forests and wetlands to absorb carbon dioxide.  

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WMO Releases New Issues of MeteoWorld and WMO Bulletin [viewed]

© WMO12 August 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has published the August edition of its newsletter MeteoWorld.

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UN Secretary-General on International Youth Day: Climate Change Can Saddle Young People Everywhere with an Unjust “Ecological Debt” [viewed]

12 August 2009: In a message to mark International Youth Day, which is celebrated on 12 August, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored that climate change “continues to compromise economies [...] saddling young people everywhere with an unjust `ecological debt´.”

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UN Secretary-General Addresses Opening of UN/ISDR Office and Education and Training Institute [viewed]

© UN11 August 2009: Speaking in Incheon, Republic of Korea, at the opening of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) office and the UN/ISDR Education and Training Institute for Urban Risk Reduction, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that “climate risk is adding a new dimension to disaster risk” and that rapid urban growth is increasing vulnerability.

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UN Secretary-General at Global Environment Forum Calls for Thinking ‘Outside-the-Box' [viewed]

11 August 2009: In his remarks to the Global Environment Forum in Incheon, Republic of Korea, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that some 80% of the Republic of Korea's US$38 billion national stimulus package is dedicated to green growth, and nearly a million green jobs will be created in the coming four years.

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UNEP Announces India's Aim to Set New Tree Planting Record [viewed]

© UNEP11 August 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), as part of its Billion Tree Campaign, has announced that India will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record by planting 600,000 trees in 24 hours on 12 August 2009.

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UN Global Compact to Set Up Climate Change Think Tank on US Contaminated Site [viewed]

© UN11 August 2009: The UN has announced that one of the US' most polluted sites, contaminated by heavy metals and radiation, will be redeveloped as a green technology complex.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Presentations on the Content of the Revised Negotiating Text of the AWG-LCA [viewed]

© UNFCCC11 August 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the presentations made on the work on the revised negotiating text of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) (FCCC/AWGLCA/2009/INF.1).

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WMO and IAEA Collaborate to Improve Atmospheric Research Using Radon [viewed]

10 August 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are collaborating to improve atmospheric investigations that use radon.

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