Announcement / Statement

GEF and JBIC Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Climate Change and Biodiversity [viewed]

24 May 2008: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to improve aid effectiveness by collaborating on projects addressing climate change and biodiversity loss.

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CBD: Link between Biological Diversity and Climate Change Highlighted [viewed]

Poster_international_day_for_biolog22 May 2008: On the occasion of International Day for Biological Diversity (IBD), which was observed on 22 May 2008, UN and UNEP dignitaries stressed the nexus between biological diversity, food supply and climate change.

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UN: World Environment Day to be observed with Theme of “Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy” [viewed]

World_environment_day_2008_logoMay 2008: In the lead up to World Environment Day, which will be observed on 5 June 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon likened fossil fuel dependence to a dangerous addiction, saying “addiction is a terrible thing. It consumes and controls us, makes us deny important truths and blinds us to the consequences of our actions. Our world is in the grip of a dangerous carbon habit.” This year, World Environment Day will be hosted in Wellington, New Zealand, under the theme “Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy.”

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UNDP Calls for Climate-Friendly Solutions to be Exhibited at the Poznan Climate Meetings [viewed]

Unfccc8 May 2008: In advance of the fourteenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the fourth Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, to be held in December 2008 in Poznan, Poland, UNDP Poland has called for the submission of innovative climate-friendly solutions and best practices to be exhibited during the meeting.

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World Bank Institute: Online Distance Learning Programme on Natural Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

May 2008: As part of its Global Distance Learning Programme on Natural Disaster Risk Management, the World Bank Institute (WBI) will hold a series of online courses on natural disaster risk management, including on climate change and disaster risk management, from 26 May 2008 to 1 May 2009.

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UN Secretary-General Urges Action to Address Climate Impacts on Agriculture and Land [viewed]

Ban_214 May 2008: In his opening address at the High-level Segment of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged governments and other actors to prepare agriculture systems to respond to the negative effects of climate change.

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Winners of UNEP Award Urge Action on Climate Change [viewed]

Winners22 April 2008: The 2008 Champions of the Earth awards were presented in Singaporein conjunction with the annual Business for the Environment Summit (B4E). The recipients of the award, according to Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), are linked by “a clear thread – climate change.”

UNEP Press release | Earth Winners | UNEP Champions of the Earth website | Achim Steiner's speech.

Photo: Winners of UNEP Champions of the Earth Awards 2008.

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G8 to Hold Environmental Ministers Meeting [viewed]

Kobe13 May 2008: Japan will host the G8 Environment Ministers Meeting from 24-26 May 2008, in Kobe, Japan.

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WMO Establishes Task Team on Food Security [viewed]

7 May 2008 : In response to the current worldwide food emergency, the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Secretary-General, Michel Jarraud, has established a Task Team on Food Security.

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IEA Releases Statement on Biofuels [viewed]

Statements 2 May 2008: The International Energy Agency (IEA) released a statement on biofuels, in which it raises questions regarding a surge in food prices and biofuels and notes a number of important factors impacting food supplies and prices, including surging food demand, failed harvests and high energy prices.

IEA Statement

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