WMO Launches HelpDesk for Integrated Flood Management [viewed]

© WMO17 June 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), in cooperation with 20 partner institutions, launched the HelpDesk for Integrated Flood Management (IFM HelpDesk) during the Second Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, which took place in Geneva, Switzerland.

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UN Secretary-General Launches UN Energy and Climate Change Advisory Group [viewed]

© UN17 June 2009: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched a high-level Energy and Climate Change Advisory Group, which will bring together business leaders, experts and energy practitioners to advise him on climate change and energy challenges.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Bolivia's Proposal for an Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol [viewed]

© UNFCCC17 June 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the proposal from Bolivia, on behalf of Malaysia, Paraguay and Venezuela, for an amendment to the Kyoto Protocol (FCCC/KP/CMP/2009/12).

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ECLAC Organizes Seminar on Carbon Footprint of Consumer Goods and Carbon Labeling [viewed]

© ECLAC18 June 2009: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is organizing an expert meeting on “The Carbon Footprint in Agro food Goods and Services: A Contribution to Combating Global Warming” in Santiago, Chile, from 18-19 June 2009.

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UNCCD Marks World Day to Combat Desertification, Drylands Projects Announced [viewed]

© UNCCD<br /> 17 June 2009: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) selected the theme “Conserving land and water = Securing our common future” for the 17 June celebration of World Day to Combat Desertification.

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IEA to Host IPEEC Secretariat [viewed]

17 June 2009: The Governing Board of the International Energy Agency (IEA) has approved the hosting in Paris, France, of the Secretariat of the International Partnership on Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC).

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Two Proposals for Amendments to the Kyoto Protocol [viewed]

© UNFCCC17 June 2009: the UNFCCC Secretariat has released the proposals by Japan (FCCC/KP/CMP/2009/11) and Papua New Guinea (FCCC/KP/CMP/2009/13) for amendments to the Kyoto Protocol.

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UN Secretary-General Highlights Disaster Risk Reduction as an Investment in Climate Change Defense [viewed]

© UN16 June 2009: In a video message to the second session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, which is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 16-19 June 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted that risk reduction is an investment and a first line of defense in adapting to climate change that will pay dividends.

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Event: Second Edition of the ILO Green Jobs Course [viewed]

This course targets International Labour Organization (ILO) constituents interested in the green jobs initiative. Participants will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to get actively involved in and influence national policy on the employment and social aspects of a changing climate and environment.  

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Guest Article #16: Forests and Climate Change: Bridging the Gaps [viewed]

For thousands of years, the single most recognized value and economic contribution from forests was wood: fuel wood, timber, logs. Forests provided a source for material to create shelter, warmth and energy to cook, they provided the material for furniture, housing, ships and bridges. But astoundingly, to those of us who have worked with forests for our whole lives, in recent months the world's attention has finally turned to forests – but this time for another value: forests as one of the single largest sectors that can advance climate change objectives.

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