Announcement / Statement

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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New Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Takes Office, calls on Human Rights Council to Examine Global Food Crisis [viewed]

Un2 May 2008: One day after taking office, newly appointed Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier de Schutter, called for a special session of the Human Rights Council, so that the Council can “speak with one single voice.” He called upon States to increase their support to humanitarian agencies and provide cash transfers to the neediest segments of populations in food-insecure countries. In the longer-term, he called for greater financial support for small-scale farmers, action to combat climate change, and the phasing out of “market-distorting” agricultural subsidies, noting that the current crisis is “not a natural disaster” but “a crisis which is man-made.”

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European Banks Establish a Post-2012 Carbon Credit Fund [viewed]

28 April 2008: Five European public financing institutions have established a EUR 125 million Post-2012 Carbon Credit Fund.

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World Bank President Proposes “New Deal for a Global Food Policy” [viewed]

Robert_b_zoelliRobert B. Zoellick, World Bank President, called, on 2 April 2008, for a “New Deal for a Global Food Policy” to combat world hunger and malnutrition, in the face of skyrocketing food and oil prices, through a combination of emergency aid and long-term efforts to boost agricultural productivity in developing countries. Zoellick said the new deal is needed to combat the “forgotten” Millennium Development Goal of overcoming malnutrition, a problem that causes 3.5 million deaths a year in children under 5 and has long-lasting impacts on health and achievement. According to Zoellick, this new deal “should focus not only on hunger and nutrition, access to food and its supply, but also the interconnections with energy, yields, climate change, investment, the marginalization of women and others, and economic resiliency and growth.”

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World Health Day 2008 Focuses on Climate Change [viewed]

Margaret_chan_bioThe World Health Organization (WHO) celebrated World Health Day on 7 April 2008 under the theme “Protecting health from climate change.” WHO selected this theme in recognition of the diverse threats to global public health security that climate warming poses, including the changing dynamics of infectious diseases outbreaks; the recurrence of natural disasters; and intensification of deforestation, floods and desertification.

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UNESCO Executive Board to Consider UNESCO Strategy for Action on Climate Change [viewed]

Unesco_2The plenary sessions of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Board will convene from 7-9 and 16-17 April 2008.

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Indian Climate Scientist Wins Top UN Meteorological Prize [viewed]

WmoThe World Meteorological Organization (WMO) awarded Jagadish Shukla, President of the Institute of Global of Environment and Society and Professor of Earth Sciences and Global Change, and Chairman of Climate Dynamics at George Mason University, the 52nd International Meteorological Organization (IMO) Prize.

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