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UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Makes Recommendations on Climate Change and Calls for UNFCCC Participation [viewed]

2 May 2008: An estimated 2000 delegates gathered at UN headquarters in New York, US, from 21 April to 2 May, for the Seventh Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNFPII) – a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The theme for the session was “Climate change, biocultural diversity and livelihoods: the stewardship roles of indigenous peoples and new challenges.” In its deliberations, the Forum noted that indigenous traditional ways of life have been threatened by climate change, that indigenous peoples continue to be the main custodians of knowledge and biodiversity and that indigenous peoples have largely been kept out of the international dialogue on climate change.

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UNCTAD XII Adopts Accra Declaration and Accord, Stresses Action on Climate Change [viewed]

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25 April 2008: The twelfth UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD XII), which took place from 20-25 April 2008, in Accra, Ghana, adopted a ministerial Accra Declaration and an Accra Accord, identifying challenges and opportunities of globalization for development and a four-year work plan. The conference, which was attended by approximately 4000 delegates, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, considered sustainable development, poverty reduction and related global policies. The conclusions highlighted the challenges facing many developing countries in relation to global economic integration, and set out an agenda for progress in economic and social development. Outcomes included a pledge by member states to resist protectionism, particularly against goods and services from developing countries. The Accra Declaration notes that climate change currently poses a significant challenge, especially to the poor, who are least equipped to adapt. It urges urgent action to address adaptation and mitigation in accordance with the provisions and principles of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, bearing in mind the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities, and taking into account social and economic conditions and other relevant factors. It further states that adequate financing and technology will be critical to help developing countries to rise to this challenge and that the trade and development aspects of climate change are important for development prospects of developing countries, and should be adequately taken into account in mitigation and adaptation strategies.

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GEF Council Approves Climate Projects, Requests Further Guidance on Tech Transfer [viewed]

25 April 2008: The Council of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), which convened in Washington DC, US, from 22-25 April 2008, reviewed a progress report on the implementation of the Resources Allocation Framework (RAF), discussed the Strategic Programme to Scale-up the Level of Investment in the Transfer of Environmentally-friendly Technologies, as requested by the UNFCCC, and approved ten climate change projects.

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ITU Tasked with Climate Change Challenge [viewed]

23 April 2008: The first International Telecommunication Union (ITU) symposium on information and communications technologies (ICTs) and climate change closed on 16 April 2008, with an agreement that the ITU should play a significant role in the global effort to combat climate change. The symposium, co-organized and hosted by Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication, convened in Kyoto, Japan, from 15-16 April 2008. Participants concluded that the ITU's Standardization Sector (ITU-T) would be tasked with development of an internationally agreed standard methodology to measure the impact of ICTs on climate change.

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Bangkok Climate Talks and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Focus on Work during the Coming Months [viewed]

Yvo_de_boerThe first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action (AWGLCA 1) and the fifth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (AWG 5) attracted over 1000 participants, including more than 100 media representatives, to their “Bangkok Climate Change Talks” in Bangkok, Thailand, from 31 March to 4 April 2008.

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Human Rights Council Adopts Resolution on Climate Change [viewed]

UnThe United Nations Human Rights Council, 28 March 2008, adopted by consensus a resolution tabled by the Maldives on the subject of human rights and climate change.

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IDB Holds Annual Meeting [viewed]

IdbThe Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) held its annual meeting from 4-8 April 2008, in Miami, US.

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Adaptation Fund Board Holds Inaugural Meeting [viewed]

Unfccc_2The Board of the Kyoto Protocol's Adaptation Fund met for the first time from 26-28 March 2008, in Bonn, Germany. The Fund, which was set up under the Kyoto Protocol and approved at the Bali Climate Change Conference in December 2007, will finance adaptation projects that assist developing countries to deal with the impact of climate change.

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IFAD Governing Council Considers Farmers' Challenges in the Context of Climate Change [viewed]

Degradation1The Thirty-first Governing Council Session of the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) focused on challenges and opportunities for smallholder farmers in the context of climate change and new demands on agricultural production, including the rising cost of commodities.

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UNESCO Conference Says Biosphere Reserves Can Spur Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

BiosphereParticipants at the third World Congress of Biosphere Reserves, which took place from 4-9 February 2008, in Madrid, Spain, and was organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), have adopted the Madrid Declaration, which underlines that biosphere reserves can spur efforts “to mitigate and adapt to climate change, and to promote the greater use of renewable energy,” as well as to tackle challenges such as the loss of traditional knowledge and cultural diversity.

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