21 July: In a Joint Communiqué adopted during the forty-first Association
of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial Meeting, which took place from
20-21 July 2008, in Singapore, Ministers addressed the issues of climate
change, the food and energy crises, and disaster relief.
17 July 2008: Ministers at the Sixth UK-Caribbean Forum, which took place in London, UK, from 14-16 July 2008, highlighted the threat posed by climate change to security and prosperity, and agreed to continue to raise awareness of the threats of climate change and to work towards a rapid transition to a low carbon economy.
July 2008: The documentation from the workshop on aviation and carbon markets,
organized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on 18-19 June
2008, at ICAO Headquarters, Montreal, Canada, have been released.
June 2008: The Executive Council of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO),
during its annual session held in Geneva from 18-27 June 2008, agreed on ways
of improving climate, weather, water and environmental predictions and further
advancing global observing systems.
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).
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.