Intergovernmental Process

ICAO Journal outlines Civil Aviation's Current and Future Efforts to Reduce Emissions [viewed]

Aviation & the Environment August 2008: The latest issue of the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Journal features, inter alia, an article by Jane Hupe, Secretary to the ICAO Council Committee on Aviation Environmental

Protection (CAEP), entitled “En Route to Copenhagen: International Aviation

Action on Climate Change,” in which she outlines the technical, economic, legal

and social implications of the various measures being considered to reduce

emissions from the aviation sector.

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Guest Article #3: Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

A number of assessments are now identifying climate change as the new great threat to biodiversity. As a result of climate change, up to 88% of reefs in Southeast Asia may be lost over the next 30 years while in the Amazon Basin, more than 40% of plant species studied could face extinction. If the projected rise in sea level occurs, American Samoa could lose 50% of their mangroves and an additional 15 Pacific islands could face a 12% reduction in mangrove cover. A projected 0.5 m sea-level rise in the Caribbean could cause a 35% decrease in turtle nesting habitat.

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Humanitarian Agencies should Engage in UN Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

Opinion Brief - Why humanitarian agencies should get engaged in the UN climate change negotiations August 2008: An opinion brief authored by Madeleen Helmer,

Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, Sarah La Trobe, Tearfund, and Silvia

Llosa, UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat, notes that

the humanitarian community has not engaged in climate debates, particularly

since attention focused on addressing the causes of climate change.

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Fifteenth SAARC Summit Declaration Addresses Climate Change and Food Security [viewed]

The fifteenth Summit meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)3 August 2008: The fifteenth Summit meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), held from 2-3 August 2008, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, concluded with the adoption of the Colombo Declaration and the Colombo Statement on Food Security. In the Declaration, entitled “Partnership for Growth for Our People,” the Heads of State and Government reiterate the need for increased regional cooperation in tackling climate change, in particular for capacity building, the development of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects, and awareness raising.

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CPA to examine Large and Small States' Response to Climate Change [viewed]

54th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Commonwealth Climate Change Action Plan 1 August 2008: The fifty-fourth Conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and associated events is taking

place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 1-10 August 2008. On 8 August, a workshop

on collaboration among Large and Small States through International

Organizations to Respond to Climate Change will be held to examine the

Commonwealth Climate Action Plan, which was adopted on 24 November 2007 in

Kampala, Uganda at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

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Non-Aligned Movement Ministers Call for Urgent Action to Address Climate Change [viewed]

15th Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement 31 July 2008: The fifteenth Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned

Movement (NAM), held from 27-30 July 2008 in Tehran, Iran, concluded with the

adoption of a document in which

Ministers recognize that climate change poses serious risks and challenges,

particularly to developing countries, and call for urgent global action in

accordance with the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities.

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Standards Bodies Urged to Support ITU's Climate Change Work [viewed]

Global Standards Collaboration

30 July 2008: The Global Standards Organization (GSC) has

called on its members to share their views and experiences with groups addressing

information and communications technologies (ICTs) and climate change, highlighting

the International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) Focus Group on ICTs and

Climate Change.

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Highlighting Development, Climate and Food Crises, UN Secretary-General Urges Copenhagen Agreement [viewed]

29 July 2008: In a message to the Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned

Movement in Tehran, Iran, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged a successful

conclusion to climate talks in Copenhagen in 2009, noting that progress towards

the Millennium Development Goals and ensuring food security have been severely

undermined by the climate crisis.

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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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WBCSD and IUCN Report Highlights Agriculture's Dilemma between Food Security, Conservation and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

Understanding agriculture's dilemma between food security and conservation – new publication

July

2008: The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and IUCN

have published a report entitled “Agricultural Ecosystems, Facts and Trends.”

The Report presents facts and figures on trends in agricultural production and

consumption to help governments, farmers, consumers and industry better

understand the challenges facing the sustainable management of agricultural

ecosystems, such as meeting demands from a fast-growing world population,

adapting to climate change impacts, and managing the natural resources of an

increasingly depleted planet.

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