Announcement / Statement

UN to Assist in Establishment of Inter-Agency Climate Change Centre for Pacific Countries [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 19 August 2008: In a message delivered by Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, to the Pacific Islands Forum summit meeting, which is taking place until 21 August 2008 in Alofi, Niue, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the creation of an Inter-Agency Climate Change Centre for coordinated UN support to Pacific Island Countries and regional organizations, in partnership with the Government of Samoa.

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FAO Calls for Information on Underutilized Bioenergy Crops [viewed]

Global Partnership Initiative for Plant Breeding Capacity Building August 2008: The Global Partnership Initiative for Plant Breeding Capacity Building (GIPB), a platform and partnership of public, private and civil society institutions hosted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in collaboration with the FAO Inter-Departmental Working Group on Bioenergy, has called for expanded, up-to-date information on genetic resources and breeding of selected underutilized species, together with detailed analysis of their potential as bioenergy crops adaptable to sustainable smallholder production systems.

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Young Somalis Should Engage in Tackling Climate Change [viewed]

Youth can help curb climate change effects in Somalia

12 August 2008: On the occasion of International Youth Day,

celebrated on 12 August, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Somalia Deputy

Representative, Hannan Sulieman, underscored the role young people can play in

helping to tackle climate change.

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UNFF Secretariat Calls for Information for Secretary-General's Reports on Forests and Climate Change [viewed]

Call for information on progress made on the implementation of the non-legally binding instrument on all types of forests (NLBI) and achievement of the global objectives on forests August 2008: The Secretariat of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) has called for the submission of national information on the

implementation of the Non-Legally Binding Instrument on All Types of Forests

(NLBI) and progress towards the achievement of the four Global Objectives on

Forests.

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Sustainability Standards for Biofuels Endorsed [viewed]

UN-backed expert group takes steps to establish new biofuel standard 13 August 2008: A UN-backed expert group, the Steering Board on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB), has endorsed a draft sustainability standard that would evaluate the economic, social and environmental effects of biofuels over their entire life-cycle.

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CBD Notification on Preparations for the Global Biodiversity Outlook [viewed]

7 August 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on

Biological Diversity (CBD) has notified organizations participating in the

Biodiversity Indicators Partnership about the timetable for preparing the third

edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-3) and has invited these

organizations to make the latest scientific information available for the

Outlook.

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CBD Invites Submissions on Experiences on Tools Relevant to the Sustainable Production and Use of Biofuels [viewed]

Request for submissions of information on experiences on the development and application of tools relevant to the sustainable production and use of biofuels 6 August 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited submissions regarding experiences in the

development and application of tools relevant to the sustainable production and

use of biofuels, as well as relevant information from research on, and

monitoring of, the positive and negative impacts of the production and use of

biofuels on biodiversity and related socioeconomic aspects, including those

related to indigenous and local communities.

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UN Secretary-General Stresses the Consequences of Climate Change on Youth [viewed]

UN Secretary-General's message on the consequences of climate change during the International Youth Day 12 August 2008: On the occasion of International Youth Day,

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that climate change is happening

and, if unaddressed, could hinder efforts towards the Millennium Development

Goals and threaten peace and security.

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On International Youth Day, CBD Executive Secretary Stresses Linkages between Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary Convention on Biological Diversity On the occasion of International Youth Day, 12 August 2008 12 August 2008: On the occasion of International Youth Day

(IYD2008), Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological

Diversity (CBD), stressed the threat posed by climate change to biodiversity

and noted the relevance of the IYD2008 theme: “Youth and Climate Change: Time

for Action.”

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UN/ISDR Secretariat and Norway Propose an IPCC Special Report on Managing the Risk of Extreme Events [viewed]

August 2008: In preparation for the 29th Session of

the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), scheduled to take place

from 31 August-4 September 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland, the Secretariat of the

International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) System and the

Government of Norway have submitted a proposal for an IPCC Special Report on

Managing the Risk of Extreme Events to Advance Climate Change Adaptation.

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