Meeting

Highlighting Development, Climate and Food Crises, UN Secretary-General Urges Copenhagen Agreement [viewed]

29 July 2008: In a message to the Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned

Movement in Tehran, Iran, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged a successful

conclusion to climate talks in Copenhagen in 2009, noting that progress towards

the Millennium Development Goals and ensuring food security have been severely

undermined by the climate crisis.

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Responses to Climate Change Bear Major Development Implications: Monterrey Review Process Draft Outcome Document Released [viewed]

Draft Doha Outcome Document on Reviewing the Implementation of the Monterrey Consensus 30 July 2008: The President of the UN General Assembly issued a draft outcome

document for the Monterrey Consensus Review Conference where countries would

recognize that responses to the climate change problem have “major development

implications” and “commit to respond to the additional financial requirements

that meet these new challenges with appropriate, concrete international

cooperation measures and policies.” The Review Conference, to be held in Doha,

Qatar, from November 29 to 2 December 2008, would also highlight that efforts

to address climate change should “promote increased trade in environmental

goods and not result in environmentally-based trade distortions.”

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WMO Expert Team on Urban Building Climatology Meets [viewed]

Expert Team on Urban and Building Climatology. Photo credit, WMO

28 July

2008: The World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Expert Team on

Urban Building Climatology is meeting at WMO headquarters, in Geneva, Switzerland region,

from 28-29 July 2008. The Team is one of the WMO Commission for Climatology's

Expert Teams focusing on climate applications to socioeconomic sectors.

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UNEP Executive Director Highlights the Postal Sector's Potential to Reduce its Environmental Footprint [viewed]

Statement by Achim Steiner to the Universal Postal Union's 24th Universal Post Congress. Photo credit, UNEP 25 July 2008: In a speech delivered at the 24th Universal Postal Union (UPU) Congress, which is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 23 July to 12 August 2008, UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Executive Director, Achim Steiner, highlighted the postal sector's role in the transition towards a green economy.

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CBD Invites Parties to Nominate Climate Change Experts [viewed]

23 July  2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

(CBD) has invited parties to nominate experts to the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Biodiversity and Climate Change.

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Draft Ramsar COP10 Resolutions Highlight the Role of Wetlands in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation [viewed]

10th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties July 2008: The Ramsar Secretariat has posted the draft resolutions (DRs) that will be considered by parties for adoption at their tenth Conference of Parties (COP10), which is scheduled to take place in Changwon, Republic of Korea, from 28 October to 2008 to 4 November 2008.

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ITU Releases Documents from Symposium on ICT and Climate Change [viewed]

ITU Symposia on ICTs and Climate Change July 2008: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

has released the outcome documents from its second symposium on Information and

Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Climate Change, held in London, UK, from 17-18 June 2008.

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FAO Calls for Investment into Research on Cassava to Boost Yields for Food and Biofuel Production [viewed]

Global Cassava Partnership for Genetic Improvement (GCP21)

25 July 2008: At the first global scientific conference of the Global Cassava Partnership, held from 21-24 July, 2008 in Ghent, Belgium, scientists and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) called for a significant increase in investment in research and development needed to boost farmers' yields and explore promising industrial uses of cassava, including biofuels production.

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South Africa-EU Declaration on Climate Change Calls for Emission Reduction Targets [viewed]

L-R: Thabo Mbeki of South Africa and Nicolas Sarkozy of France - Photo credit: EU Presidency. Click to download the declaration on climate change 25 July 2008: At the conclusion of the first South Africa-EU Summit, held in Bordeaux, France,

participants adopted a Declaration on Climate Change in which they agreed on the

need to conclude

negotiations by the end of 2009 on a strengthened and effective global

agreement for the climate change regime post 2012.

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Fifth Summit of the Americas' Draft Declaration Addresses Climate Change [viewed]

Fifth Summit of the Americas' 24 July 2008: The Draft Declaration of Commitment for the Fifth Summit of the Americas was presented during a meeting of National Coordinators of the Summit Implementation Review Group held at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington DC, US.

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