Intergovernmental Organization

South Africa-EU Declaration on Climate Change Calls for Emission Reduction Targets [viewed]

L-R: Thabo Mbeki of South Africa and Nicolas Sarkozy of France - Photo credit: EU Presidency. Click to download the declaration on climate change 25 July 2008: At the conclusion of the first South Africa-EU Summit, held in Bordeaux, France,

participants adopted a Declaration on Climate Change in which they agreed on the

need to conclude

negotiations by the end of 2009 on a strengthened and effective global

agreement for the climate change regime post 2012.

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Fifth Summit of the Americas' Draft Declaration Addresses Climate Change [viewed]

Fifth Summit of the Americas' 24 July 2008: The Draft Declaration of Commitment for the Fifth Summit of the Americas was presented during a meeting of National Coordinators of the Summit Implementation Review Group held at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington DC, US.

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NATO Workshop to Address Weather/Climate Risk Management for the Energy Sector [viewed]

July 2008: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will hold an advanced research workshop on weather/climate risk management for the energy sector in Santa Maria di Leuca, Lecce, Italy, from 6-10 October 2008.

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OECD Report Shows Biofuel Policies in OECD Countries to be Costly and Ineffective [viewed]

Economic Assessment of Biofuel Support Policies 16 July 2008: A new report from the Organisation for

Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), entitled “Economic Assessment of

Biofuel Support Policies,” concludes that “government support of biofuel

production in OECD countries is costly, has a limited impact on reducing

greenhouse gases and improving energy security, and has a significant impact on

world crop prices.”

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ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment Highlights Synergies between Climate Change and Humanitarian Communities [viewed]

15

July 2008: The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Humanitarian Affairs

Segment opened on 15 July 2008, and organized its discussions around the theme

“Building capabilities and capacities at all levels for timely humanitarian

assistance, including disaster risk reduction.” Council Vice-President and Segment President Park

In-Kook (Republic of Korea) opened discussions by noting that this year's

Segment provided the international humanitarian community with an opportunity

to reflect on how to respond to the food crisis and the humanitarian

implications of disasters.

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WMO Secretary-General Outlines Efforts to Counter Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss [viewed]

Speech by Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on The European Union and its Overseas Entities:<br /> Strategies to counter Climate Change and<br /> Biodiversity Loss 11 July 2008: In a speech delivered during the conference

The European

Union (EU) and its Overseas Entities: Strategies to Counter Climate Change and

Biodiversity Loss,” which was hosted on Reunion Island,

Mauritius, from 7-11 July 2008, under the auspices of the French Presidency of

the Council of the EU, Michel Jarraud,

Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), provided

an overview of the Organization's history and work in tackling climate change.

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WIPO to Host IP and MEA Symposium [viewed]

11 July 2008: The World Intellectual Property Organization

(WIPO) will hold a symposium on Patent Landscaping and Transfer of Technology

under Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) on 26 August 2008, in

Geneva, Switzerland.

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UNEP Report: Global Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment 2008 [viewed]

Global Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment 2008 1 July 2008: The

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched the Report Global

Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment 2008: Analysis of Trends and Issues in

the Financing of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. The Report notes

record breaking investment levels in the sustainable energy sector during 2007,

with over US$148 billion of new investment, an increase of 60% over 2006,

largely driven by wind power.

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MEM: Leaders Meeting of Major Economies on Energy Security and Climate Change Develops Declaration [viewed]

9 July 2008: The

Leaders Meeting of the Major Economies took place on 9 July 2008, in Hokkaido,

Japan, in conjunction with the G8 Summit. The leaders of Australia, Brazil,

Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy,

Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom,

and the United States issued a Declaration, which had been agreed during a

previous meeting held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 21-22 June 2008.

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European Project on Ocean Acidification Launched [viewed]

Epoca

10 June 2008: The

European Project on Ocean Acidification (EPOCA) was launched on 10 June 2008.

This EU research project is a consortium of over 100 scientists from 27

organizations in nine countries to address ocean acidification. Its goal is to

document ocean acidification, investigate its impact on biological processes,

predict its consequences for the next 100 years, and advise policy-makers on

potential thresholds or tipping points that should not be exceeded.

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