Announcement / Statement

UNESCO: Capacity of Media Professionals in Disaster Awareness and Climate Change in the Maghreb [viewed]

July 2008: This training course is organized by the UN

Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) office in Rabat and is

scheduled to take place from 13-17 October 2008 in Rabat, Morocco

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Arctic Communities and Small Island Developing States Call for Action on Climate Change [viewed]

Many Strong Voices Website25 June 2008: Many Strong Voices (MSV), a collaboration between Arctic and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) that seeks to promote the well-being of these areas vulnerable to climate change, released a five-year action plan on 25 June 2008.

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World Bank President Zoellick Presents New Climate Investment Funds at G8 Finance Ministers Meeting [viewed]

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June 2008: Speaking on the sidelines of the meeting of finance ministers for

the Group of Eight (G8), held in Osaka, Japan, World

Bank President Robert B.

Zoellick presented two new climate investment funds built to support the

UNFCCC's efforts to address the effects of, and mitigate, climate change.

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UNCCD Global Mechanism Highlights Development Programming at Country Level Supported by Effective International Policy Making Processes [viewed]

17 June 2008: On the occasion of 2008 World Day to Combat

Desertification and Drought, celebrated on 17 June, the Global Mechanism (GM)

of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) emphasized that “the

current strategy and policy debates around climate resilience, sustainable

agriculture and food security point to the conclusion that none of these global

challenges and threats to human well-being should be tackled in isolation, but

as part and

parcel of development programming at country level, supported

by effective

international policy making processes.”

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ICAO Releases Carbon Emissions Calculator [viewed]

19 June 2008: As part of its efforts to support the UN

Climate Neutral Initiative, the UN International Civil Aviation Organization

(ICAO) has released a web-based tool that identifies the carbon dioxide

emissions from a given flight.

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On the Way to Copenhagen [viewed]

Ban_kimoonlBy UN  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

It is a particular pleasure to have this opportunity to share some of

my thoughts through the inaugural edition of this bulletin – which I

hope will become a vibrant medium of communication and exchange in the

period ahead – as we each do our part to keep the promise we made in

Bali and to realize success in Poznań and then Copenhagen.

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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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