Announcement / Statement

Climate Forecast [viewed]

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By Richard Sherman and Peter Doran, IISDRS

While the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

(UNFCCC) process is the official ‘home' for climate policy

negotiations, the road to Copenhagen will increasingly witness the

acceleration of initiatives across the United Nations system and the

intergovernmental sphere. System-wide initiatives on climate change

reflect a commitment across the UN family to support the UN

Secretary-General's commitment to play a leadership role in supporting

the international community's current efforts to address climate

change, using the Bali Action Plan and Roadmap, and to ensure that all

parts of the UN contribute to a solution.

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Secretary-General Highlights Climate Change as Key Threat [viewed]

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June 2008: Speaking at the UN Association-UK in London, United Kingdom, UN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gave a speech entitled “Securing the Common Good:

The United Nations and the Expanding Global Agenda.”

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IFAD Calls for Sustainable Agriculture to Stop Desertification [viewed]

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June 2008: In a message on the occasion of UN World Day to Combat

Desertification, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

highlighted the role of poor farmers and herders in stopping or reversing land

degradation in areas affected by desertification.

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UNCCD Highlights Links between Land Degradation and Agriculture on World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought [viewed]

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17 June 2008: The UN

Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) selected “Combating land

degradation for sustainable agriculture” as the theme for 2008 World Day to

Combat Desertification and Drought, celebrated on 17 June. On the occasion,

UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja highlighted that the conversion of land

to “unsustainable uses can exacerbate the vicious circle of land degradation,

loss of biodiversity and climate change.”

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UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner Becomes Polar Cub's Patron [viewed]

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29 May 2008: The UN Environment

Programme's (UNEP) Executive Director, Achim Steiner, has become the official

patron of Flocke, a polar bear cub in Germany's Nuremberg zoo. At the recent ninth Conference of Parties

to Convention on Biological Diversity, which convened in Bonn, Germany, Steiner

said, “I hope a global green economy can be implemented in [Flocke's] lifetime.  

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CBD Highlights Biodiversity as the Missing Link for Mitigating Climate Change [viewed]

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June 2008: During World Environment Day celebrations in Montreal, Canada, the

Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Ahmed

Djoghlaf, stressed that biodiversity is “part and parcel of any viable

long-term response to addressing the climate-change challenges facing mankind”

and that the effective and coordinated implementation of the three Rio

conventions is the new multilateral response for achieving lasting peace,

shared prosperity and sustainable future.

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UNESCO Director-General Urges Urgent Action on Climate Change [viewed]

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5 June 2008:

Speaking on the occasion of World Environment Day 2008, on 5 June 2008,

Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and

Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said that this year's slogan, “CO2: Kick the

Habit! Towards a Low

Carbon Economy,” reminds the international community of its duty to strive for

a carbon and climate-neutral society. He stressed that there is sufficient knowledge

on the nature, scope and impact of environmental degradation and climate change

to warrant urgent action.

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Third African Ministerial Conference on Financing for Development to Discuss Climate Change and the MDGs [viewed]

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June 2008: The Third African Ministerial Conference on Financing for Development will be held in Kigali, Rwanda, from 12-13 June 2008. Discussions will focus on the

theme “Climate Change, an additional challenge for meeting the MDGs in Africa.”

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UNGA President-Elect to Prioritize Climate Change [viewed]

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4 June 2008: Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann (Nicaragua) was elected on

4 June 2008 to serve as President of the 63rd Session of the UN General

Assembly (UNGA), which will begin on 16 September 2008.

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UNIDO: Economic Growth and Climate Change Mitigation Two Parts of the Same Whole [viewed]

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5 June 2008: Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General of the UN

Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), emphasized low-emissions economic

development as an element of the solution to climate change in his statement to

commemorate World Environment Day on 5 June.

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