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A January supplement to Nature Journal celebrates the International Year of Planet Earth and explores recent developments and future directions in the Earth sciences.
Coral reef experts and supporters launched the International Year of the Reef 2008 in Washington, DC, US, with a resounding call for greater efforts to combat climate change to protect the world's biologically complex ocean ecosystem.
The Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the World Health Organization (WHO) launched the global campaign “Hospitals Safe from Disasters” at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
In his address to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Intergovernmenal Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Chairman Rajendra Pachauri said “if action to tackle the threat of climate change emerges soon, driven by knowledge of where we are heading, as provided by the findings of the IPCC, there would be reason for optimism that other serious challenges facing the world may also evoke similar responses based on rational assessments of problems and knowledge driven solutions.”
During January 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has repeatedly outlined the importance of multilateral action on climate change.
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has agreed to fund a US$ 42.2 million project in Yemen to help reduce rural poverty by reversing the accelerating trend of natural resource degradation in five of the country's poorest areas.
UN General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim has written to permanent representatives and observers to the UN with information on a thematic debate entitled “Addressing Climate Change: the United Nations and the World at Work.” In a letter dated 15 January 2008, President Kerim indicated that the General Assembly event would take place on 11 and 12 February 2008, at UN Headquarters in New York.
Maciej Nowicki, Minister of Environment of Poland, and Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, signed the Host Country Agreement between the Government of Poland and the Secretariat concerning the United Nations Climate Change Conference - Poznan, 2008.
Speaking during a recent press briefing, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Kemal Dervis identified climate change as one of three UNDP priorities for the current year.