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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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World Bank Board Approves Climate Investment Funds [viewed]

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

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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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Arctic Communities and Small Island Developing States Call for Action on Climate Change [viewed]

Many Strong Voices Website25 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.

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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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World Food Programme (WFP) Adopts New Strategic Plan to Address Food Crisis [viewed]

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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.

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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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Ramsar Standing Committee Addresses Climate Change and Biofuels [viewed]

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.

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