Intergovernmental Process

World Bank Group President Addresses Climate Change Challenges at IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings [viewed]

Robert Zoellick, President of the World Bank Group 13 October 2008: The annual meetings of the Boards of

Governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank took place on

13 October 2008, in Washington DC, US. Finance ministers from developing and

industrialized nations attended the event, which was preceded by a meeting of

the International Monetary and Financial Committee and the Development

Committee. Robert Zoellick, President of the World Bank Group, addressed the

meeting, noting the effects of the current financial crisis on energy and climate

change.

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Food and Energy Crisis: Time to Rethink Development Policy [viewed]

Food and Energy Crisis: Time to Rethink Development Policy 12 October 2008: This publication summarizes the discussion of the High Level North-South Dialogue on Food Security and Energy Security, which was co-organized by South Centre and the Permanent Mission of Indonesia in Geneva, Switzerland, on 17 June 2008, as part of the ‘South Intellectual Platform.'

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Guest Article #6: Climate Change Adaptation Starts with Disaster Reduction [viewed]

Last week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held a special meeting with Member State Ministers in New York, urging them to prioritize disaster risk reduction as the first tool out of the box for climate change adaptation. This week, as we commemorate the International Day for Disaster Reduction on 8 October, this call must be repeated to the wider climate change community. 

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EU-LAC Forum addresses bi-regional cooperation on climate change [viewed]

The EU, Latin America and the Caribbean: Confronting the challenges of globalisation in a post-Lima Summit partnership 6 October 2008: A bi-regional EU-Latin America and the Caribbean (EU-LAC) forum convened in Paris, France, on 6 October 2008, to address the challenges of globalization and its effect on the economy, social cohesion and the environment. Pamela Cox, World Bank Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean, addressed the forum, highlighting that some countries in Latin America and its citizens “and particularly the extreme poor, are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.”

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European Conference on Applied Climatology Focuses on Adaptation [viewed]

3 October 2008: The seventh European Conference on Applied

Climatology and the eighth Annual Meeting of the European Meteorological

Society were held jointly from 29 September–3 October 2008, in Amsterdam, the

Netherlands.

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IFPRI Publishes Essays on Policy Responses to Food Crisis [viewed]

Policy Responses to Food Crisis October 2008: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFRPI) has published three essays addressing critical questions regarding policy responses to the current food crisis. The essays by Joachim von Braun, IFPRI Director General, Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), and Namanga Ngongi, President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), point to the dangers and pitfalls of misguided policies, but also to the potential opportunities for responding in a way that prevents future crises and ensures food security in the long term. In addition to the most pressing questions of delivering immediate relief to populations affected by hunger and the strategic issues of the long-term stabilization of food production and food markets, the essays also address impacts of current biofuel policies and climate change on agriculture.

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Impacts of Europe's Changing Climate – 2008 Indicator-Based Assessment [viewed]

Impacts of Europe's changing climate - 2008 indicator-based assessment 29 September 2008: This European Environment Agency (EEA) report presents past and projected climate change and impacts in Europe, based on approximately 40 indicators, and identifies sectors and regions that are vulnerable and require adaptation.

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IEA Study Compares Renewable Energy Promotion Policies [viewed]

29 September 2008: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has launched a new study entitled “Deploying Renewables: Principles for Effective Policies,” which includes a comparative analysis of the performance of various renewables promotion policies around the world.

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Joint Indo-EU Working Programme on Energy, Clean Development and Climate Change Launched [viewed]

President Sarkozy welcoming Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh with Messrs Barroso and Jean Claude Gaudin, senator and mayor of Marseille 29 September 2008: During the ninth Indo-EU summit, which took place on 29 September 2008, in Marseille, France, India and the EU agreed to expand their cooperation in the field of nuclear energy and environmental protection. They also reviewed the 2006 Joint Action Plan and agreed to add

several new areas of cooperation, including in the field of exploitation of solar energy in India and civil nuclear research and development including in fusion energy.

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G-77 Chair: Climate Change Negotiations will be “a Tough Battle” [viewed]

Group of 77

26 September 2008: Speaking at the thirty-second meeting of

the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Group of 77 (G-77), Baldwin Spencer,

Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Antigua and Barbuda and Chair

of the G-77, welcomed the Group's continued efforts to strengthen its

solidarity and unity in advancing its development agenda. Referring to the

recent debates on climate change, he warned that the position of developed

countries with respect to development cooperation does not bode well, noting

that it will be “a tough battle.”

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