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.
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!”
25 June 2008: Many Strong Voices (MSV), a collaboration between Arctic and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) that seeks to promote the well-being of these areas vulnerable to climate change, released a five-year action plan on 25 June 2008.
By 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.
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.
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.
June 2008: The WFP Executive Board has adopted a new four-year strategic plan to address hunger needs arising from recent
food price increases and shortages, as well as to fight hunger more strategically.
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.
6 June 2008: The Ramsar Standing Committee held its 37th meeting from 2-6 June 2008, in Gland,
Switzerland. The Committee was charged with making the final preparations for
the documents to be considered at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the
Parties (COP10), which will take place in Changwon, Republic of Korea, from 28 October to 4 November 2008. During the meeting, the Committee approved
for transmittal to the COP a draft Resolution (DR) on climate change and
wetlands, and one on wetlands and biofuels.
5 June 2008: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) High-Level
Conference on World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and
Bioenergy, which convened in Rome, Italy, from 3-5 June 2008, adopted a
Declaration, outlining immediate as well as medium- and long-term measures to
ensure food security.