UN Economic Commission for Africa hosts climate change meeting
2 September 2009 – Experts,
government ministers and senior United Nations officials will focus on
combating climate change in Africa, including measures for adaptation
and mitigation and financial resources and investment, at a forum due
to take place tomorrow in Addis Ababa.
Around 100 experts and stakeholders from both Africa and member
countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
(OECD) are expected to gather in the Ethiopian capital for the special
session of the Africa Partnership Forum.
Around 100 experts and stakeholders from both Africa and member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) are expected to gather in the Ethiopian capital for the special session of the Africa Partnership Forum.
NEW UN PACT AIMS TO BOOST SHARING OF CLIMATE-RELATED DATA TO FIGHT HUNGER
4 September 2009 – In a bid to step up the fight against global hunger, two United Nations agencies have agreed to greater sharing of information on weather patterns and other climate-related data that can help predict the location of the next emergency food shortage.
World Meteorological Organization (WMO) data concerning floods, hurricanes, mudslides, drought and other forms of severe weather can give the World Food Programme (WFP) a critical advantage in helping communities to prepare and react to such impacts of climate change that damage crops, homes and lives, according to a joint news release issued by the agencies.
Climate Change - UNEP Points to Accelerated Opportunities for Action
Significant Cuts in Carbon Dioxide Along With Cuts in Black Carbon and Other Greenhouse Gases Offer Big Boost for Climate, Crops and Human Health
Geneva/Nairobi, 4 September 2009 - Faster action on climate change may be possible if nations combine substantial cuts of carbon dioxide emissions alongside accelerated moves across a suite of other greenhouse gases and pollutants.
Scientists estimate that nearly 50 per cent of the emissions causing global warming in the 21st century are from non-CO2 pollutants ranging from black carbon and low-level ozone to methane and nitrogen compounds.
These 'climate forcers' will add to the warming caused by carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels that have been building up since the Industrial Revolution unless their emissions are also addressed.
Time to Tap Climate Change-Combating Potential of the World's Ecosystems
Inaction Already Threatening Multi-Billion Dollar Coral Reef Services and Livelihoods of Half a Billion People
Berlin, 2 September 2009 - Investing in restoration and maintenance of the Earth's multi-trillion dollar ecosystems - from forests and mangroves to wetlands and river basins - can have a key role in countering climate change and climate-proofing vulnerable economies.
This is among the central findings of a new climate issues update by The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), a project launched by Germany and the European Commission in response to a proposal by the G8+5 Environment Ministers (Potsdam, Germany 2007) to develop a global study on the economics of biodiversity loss. The study is hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme. The issues update was launched today by TEEB study leader Pavan Sukhdev, with German Federal Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel, Director-General for Environment, European Commission, Karl Falkenberg; and UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UNEP, Achim Steiner.
Young People Step Up Pressure on World Leaders to Clinch a Crucial Climate Deal in Copenhagen
Daejeon/Nairobi, 23 August 2009 - Rallies in 100 cities will be organized by young people across the world as part of a major push to persuade governments to Seal a meaningful Deal at the crucial UN climate convention meeting in Copenhagen in just under 110 days time.
Youth delegates pledged to keep global warming high on the international agenda as the Tunza International Youth Conference on Climate Change ended today in Daejeon, Republic of Korea.
Less Talk, More Action on Climate Change, Young People urge World Leaders
Daejeon (Republic of Korea), 20 August 2009 – Young people from around the globe today called on world leaders to take radical measures against climate change.
At the largest-ever truly global youth gathering on climate change, some 700 young people, ranging from 10 to 24 years of age, honed in on their governments’ track record in addressing climate change, emphasizing the need for strong vision and leadership.
In a statement, the young delegates – representing three billion of the world’s population – expressed their “concern and frustration that their governments are not doing enough to combat climate change”, adding that “we now need more actions and less talking”.
The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning to screen in Copenhagen during the United Nations Climate Change ConferenceToronto, 18 August 2009 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is partnering with Canada's Polar Cap Production's, Inc. to present Mark Terry's new climate change documentary The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning in Copenhagen during this year's United Nations Climate Change Conference, December 7 to 18, 2009.
The partnership is part of the United Nations "Seal the Deal" campaign, a call to action to clinch an ambitious and effective agreement on climate change.
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