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December 26, 2007

December 26, 2007 - The Climate and Carbon Footprints

From the United Nations:

Climate Action is an international communication platform established by Sustainable Development International in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to educate businesses, governments and NGOs as to what they can do to reduce their carbon footprint and adapt to the impacts of climate change. The publication and supporting website will assist institutional investors in analysing and comparing companies that are responding to the business risks and opportunities resulting from global warming.

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November 7, 2007

November 7, 2007 - New United Nations Reports

The following reports have been issued by the United Nations organizations during the last week.

Developing Countries in International Trade 2007: Trade and Development Index
http://www.unctad.org/Templates/webflyer.asp?docid=9201&intItemID=1397&lang=1&mode=downloads

Report of the Security Council to the General Assembly
http://www.un.org/Docs/journal/asp/ws.asp?m=A/62/2%20(supp)

Giving Girls Today and Tomorrow: Breaking the Cycle of the Adolescent Pregnancy
http://www.unfpa.org/upload/lib_pub_file/722_filename_adol_eng.pdf

Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
http://www.un.org/Docs/journal/asp/ws.asp?m=A/62/12%20(supp)

Report of the Secretary-General on the UN Programme of Assistance in the Teaching, Study, Dissemination and Wider Appreciation of International Law http://www.un.org/Docs/journal/asp/ws.asp?m=A/62/503

Summary Report of the Global Forum on Migration and Development
http://www.un.org/Docs/journal/asp/ws.asp?m=A/C.2/62/2

October 25, 2007

October 25, 2007 - Energy, Electricity and Nuclear Power report from IAEA

The most recent report from the International Atomci Energy Agency (IAEA), Energy, Electricity and Nuclear Power for the Period up to 2030, provides information on the world's use of nuclear power and projects the future of nuclear energy use to 2030.

"Nuclear power´s share of worldwide electricity production rose from less than 1 percent in 1960 to 16 percent in 1986, and that percentage has held essentially constant in the 21 years since 1986. Nuclear electricity generation has grown steadily at the same pace as overall global electricity generation. At the close of 2006, nuclear provided about 15 percent of total electricity worldwide."

IAEA Press Release
http://www.iaea.org/NewsCenter/PressReleases/2007/prn200719.html

October 12, 2007

October 12, 2007 - Nobel Peace Prize to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Former Vice President Al Gore

Most Americans know Al Gore as Vice President during the 90's, from the 2000 Presidential Election, and his award-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth." Add to that list the Nobel Peace Prize.

Also awarded the Nobel this year is the Intergovernment Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Established in 1988 by the Wolrd Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the "role of the IPCC is to assess on a comprehensive, objective, open and transparent basis the scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant to understanding the scientific basis of risk of human-induced climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation."

The IPCC does not do research itself, but bases its reports on peer reviewed scientific and technical literature. Some of the groups recent reports include:

* The Physical Sciences Basis of Climate Change
* Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability
* Migration of Climate Change - Fourth Assessment Report

September 21, 2007

September 21, 2007 - International Day of Peace

"The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations as an annual observance of global non-violence and ceasefire. Every year, people in all parts of the world honour peace in various ways on 21 September.

This year, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will ring the Peace Bell at United Nations Headquarters in New York in the company of the UN Messengers of Peace. He has called for a 24-hour cessation of hostilities on 21 September, and for a minute of silence to be observed around the world at noon local time."

September 20, 2007

September 20, 2007 - United Nations Annual Report

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released his report on the Work of the Organization. The report outlines the past year's work in several areas such as world development, peace & security, human rights, global constituencies, and UN organizational changes.