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ECOSOC Debates Implementation of the MDGs in the Context of Climate Change [viewed]

11 July 2008: Speaking during a Panel discussion on

“Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the context of

current challenges,” Kemal Dervis, Administrator of the UN Development

Programme (UNDP), noted that economic growth is threatened by shortages of

natural resources such as energy, water and atmosphere, and stressed that MDG 7

on environmental sustainability is an absolute key priority.

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World's Ports Adopt Climate Declaration [viewed]

Ports join hands to combat climate change and improve air quality

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July 2008: The World Ports Climate

Conference took place from 9-11 July 2008 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and was

organized around the theme “World

Ports for a Better Climate.” The conference brought together participants representing over 50 ports from 35

countries and concluded with the adoption of the World Port Climate

Declaration, in which they committed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

and improve air quality.

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FAO Scientific Symposium: Climate Change Will Have Strong Impact on Fisheries [viewed]

Fishing communities in the developing world are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Photo credit: FAO 10 July 2008: The International Symposium on Coping with Global Change in

Marine Social-Ecological Systems took place from 8-11 July 2008, in Rome, Italy. The Symposium,

organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Global

Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics and the European Network of Excellence for Oceans Ecosystem

Analysis, brought together over 200 experts and policymakers from around

the globe to share experiences

and identify key next steps to promote resilience of marine social-ecological systems.

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UNU: Senegal's President Discusses Climate Change at Fifteenth U Thant Lecture [viewed]

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CBD'S Djoghlaf Highlights Risks of Agricultural Biodiversity Loss [viewed]

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2 July 2008: On the occasion of the Fourth International

Conference on Sustainable Agriculture for Food, Energy and Industry, held from

2-5 July 2008, in Sapporo, Japan, the Convention on Biological Diversity's

(CBD) Executive Secretary, Ahmed Djoghlaf, highlighted that around 20% of

domestic animal breeds are at risk of extinction, with an average of one breed

lost each month.

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UNGA President Underscores Importance of Climate Change [viewed]

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8 July 2008: The UN General Assembly

(UNGA) met informally on 8 July 2008, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, to

consider the theme “Climate Change and the Most Vulnerable Countries - the

Imperative to Act.”

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UNICEF: J8 Representatives Present Proposals on Climate Change, Poverty and Development, and Global Health to G8 Leaders [viewed]

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July 2008: Nine young people representing the participants in the “Junior 8” (J8)

Summit, held in Chitose City, Hokkaido, Japan, from 2-9 July 2008, presented

their proposals for global development to the leaders of the Group of Eight Industrialized

Countries (G8), in an initiative led by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

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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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