Meeting

Bonn Climate Change Talks Conclude as Attention Turns to Accra [viewed]

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13 June

2008: Four parallel meetings took place between 2-13 June 2008, in Bonn,

Germany, under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Kyoto

Protocol. The second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term

Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA), which was launched in Bali,

started its substantive work in Bonn, while the resumed fifth session of the Ad

Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the

Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) began the process of listing issues for further

negotiation, particularly on the Kyoto Protocol's market-based mechanisms and

on carbon sinks.  

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FAO Director-General addresses Challenges of African Agriculture from Climate Change and Soaring Food Prices [viewed]

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June 2008: Speaking at the twenty-fifth African Regional Conference,

Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Jacques

Diouf, underlined the challenges of climate change and the recent rise in food

prices for African agriculture.

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ILO identifies climate change as a strategic challenge ahead [viewed]

13 June

2008: The International Labour Organization's (ILO) Conference convened for its

ninety-seventh session from 28 May-3 June in Geneva, Switzerland. In a report

submitted to the Conference entitled

“Decent Work, Some Strategic Challenges Ahead,” ILO Director-General Juan Somavia recognizes that, although the

organization does not have a mandate on climate change per se, the changes in the economy will impact employment.

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On the Way to Copenhagen [viewed]

Ban_kimoonlBy UN  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

It is a particular pleasure to have this opportunity to share some of

my thoughts through the inaugural edition of this bulletin – which I

hope will become a vibrant medium of communication and exchange in the

period ahead – as we each do our part to keep the promise we made in

Bali and to realize success in Poznań and then Copenhagen.

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Climate Forecast [viewed]

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By Richard Sherman and Peter Doran, IISDRS

While the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

(UNFCCC) process is the official ‘home' for climate policy

negotiations, the road to Copenhagen will increasingly witness the

acceleration of initiatives across the United Nations system and the

intergovernmental sphere. System-wide initiatives on climate change

reflect a commitment across the UN family to support the UN

Secretary-General's commitment to play a leadership role in supporting

the international community's current efforts to address climate

change, using the Bali Action Plan and Roadmap, and to ensure that all

parts of the UN contribute to a solution.

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G8 Finance Ministers Support Climate Investment Funds [viewed]

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14 June 2008: G8 Finance Ministers, meeting  in preparation for the Summit of the G8 Heads of State and Government in  Hokkaido-Toyako, met from 13-14 June 2008, in Osaka, Japan, and agreed to the “G8  Action Plan for Climate Change to Enhance the Engagement of Private and Public  Financial Institutions.” In their final statement, Ministers supported the  launch of new Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) by the World Bank, which will complement existing bilateral and multilateral efforts, until a post-2012 framework under the UNFCCC is implemented.

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IPCC report to be presented at World Water Week [viewed]

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June 2008: The latest IPCC Technical Paper on Climate Change

and Water will be presented at World Water Week, scheduled to take place from

17-23 August 2008, in Stockholm, Sweden.

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ECLAC Approves the Examination of Socio-Economic Implications of Climate Change as a Priority [viewed]

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13 June 2008: The Economic Commission for Latin America

and the Caribbean (ECLAC) held its thirty-second session from 9-13 June 2008,

in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Among the thirteen approved resolutions

were a number of elements related to climate change.

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WTO's Lamy Says More International Trade Prevents Climate Change and Water Scarcity [viewed]

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3 June 2008: The World Trade

Organization's (WTO) Director-General, Pascal Lamy, addressed the High-Level

Conference on World Food Security, which met in Rome, Italy, from 3-5 June

2006, where he highlighted climate change's impacts on agriculture, including

the potentially greater scarcity of water, and called attention to the

water-saving potential of international trade, by preventing the unnecessary

growth of agriculture in countries without access to sufficient water resources.

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OECD Ministerial Council and Forum Focus on the Economics of Climate Change [viewed]

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5 June 20

08: The Organisation for

Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Forum 2008 and the annual

OECD Council at ministerial level considered ‘Climate Change, Growth and

Stability' and ‘Outreach, reform and the economics of climate change,'

respectively, during their meetings in Paris, France, from 3-5 June 2008.

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