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ECOSOC High-level Segment Ministerial Declaration Addresses “Implementing the Internationally Agreed Goals and Commitments in Regard to Sustainable Development” [viewed]

Economic and Social Council Calls for Urgent Actions to Put Global Economy

3 July 2008: The High-level Segment of the UN Economic

and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Substantive Session has developed a Ministerial

Declaration entitled “Implementing the internationally agreed goals and

commitments in regard to sustainable development.” The four-day High-level

Segment (30 June-3 July) convened at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and

consisted of four elements: a high-level policy dialogue on the state of the

world economy and its implications for the achievement of the UN Development

Agenda (30 June); the first Development Cooperation Forum (30 June-1 July); the

second Annual Ministerial Review (2-3 July); and a thematic debate on

integrated approaches to rural development (3 July).

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“Carbon Taxes - A Tool for Managing Climate Change or a Threat to the World's Poor?” [viewed]

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17 June 2008: The UN Financing for Development Office, UN-DESA and the Friedrich Ebert

Foundation organized an event on “Carbon Taxes - A Tool for Managing Climate Change or a Threat to the

World's Poor?” on 17 June, 2008, at UN

Headquarters in New York.

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UNCTAD's Budget Group Plans 2008-2011 Activities Related to Climate Change [viewed]

18 June 2008: The UN Conference on Trade and

Development's (UNCTAD) Working Party on the Medium-term Plan

and Programme Budget met from 16–18 June 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland, and discussed

a work plan for the implementation of the outcomes of the twelfth UNCTAD, held in Accra,

Ghana, in

April 2008.

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World Bank Board Approves Climate Investment Funds [viewed]

World_bank

1 July 2008: The

World Bank's Board of Executive Directors, meeting on 1 July 2008, approved two

Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) following an extensive public consultation

process that culminated with an agreement on the CIFs by 40 developing and

industrialized countries in Potsdam, Germany, on 21-22 May 2008. The establishment of the CIFs was also endorsed by

the G8 Finance Ministers who met in

Osaka, Japan, in June 2008.

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UNEP and Daimler Call for Infrastructure for Electric and Fuel-cell Vehicles [viewed]

Magdeburg

4 July 2008: At the

fifth Magdeburg Environmental Forum held from 3-4 July 2008, in Magdeburg,

Germany, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and car manufacturer

Daimler called for the establishment of infrastructure for electric and

fuel-cell vehicles.

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G8: Summit Concludes with Agreement on Climate Change [viewed]

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8 July 2008: The Group

of Eight Industrialized Countries (G8) Hokkaido Toyako

Summit took place from 7-9 July 2008

in Japan. On 8 July, the G8 leaders agreed on a Document on Environment and

Climate Change. The leaders of the G8

agreed to share with parties to the UNFCCC the vision of a goal of achieving at

least 50% reduction of global emissions by 2050, recognizing that this global

challenge can only be met by the contributions from all major economies,

consistent with the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and

respective capabilities.

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MEM: Leaders Meeting of Major Economies on Energy Security and Climate Change Develops Declaration [viewed]

9 July 2008: The

Leaders Meeting of the Major Economies took place on 9 July 2008, in Hokkaido,

Japan, in conjunction with the G8 Summit. The leaders of Australia, Brazil,

Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy,

Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom,

and the United States issued a Declaration, which had been agreed during a

previous meeting held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 21-22 June 2008.

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CBD Executive Secretary Addresses ECOSOC High-Level Segment [viewed]

1 July 2008: In his

address to the Annual Ministerial Review of the High-level Segment of the 2008

Substantive Session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Ahmed

Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD),

stressed that the UN's priority challenges as identified by the UN

Secretary-General – natural disasters, climate change, the food crisis and the

surge in fuel prices – are deeply rooted in the unprecedented loss of

biodiversity.

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Thirteenth World Water Congress to Convene in September 2008 [viewed]

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July 2008:

The thirteenth World Water Congress will take place in Montpellier, France, from 1-4

September 2008, and will be organized under the theme “Global Changes and Water

Resources: Confronting the Expanding and Diversifying Pressures.”

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IMO: World Maritime Day for 2009 to Focus on Climate Change [viewed]

Imo

20 June 2008: During its one hundredth Session, which took

place in London, UK, from 16-20 June 2008, the International Maritime

Organization (IMO) agreed that the theme for the 2009 World

Maritime Day would be “Climate change: a challenge for IMO too!”

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