Intergovernmental Process

Guest Article #2: The United Nations System and Climate Change [viewed]

Climate change is a challenge that threatens human wellbeing and sustainable development worldwide, with particularly severe risks for the most poor and vulnerable countries and groups of society. This is now virtually uncontested, as uncontested as the need for urgent and concerted action to confront this challenge. The need to act has indeed acquired a new dimension and urgency following the publication of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). While some differences of opinion remain as to how to go about it, there is an ongoing process, under the UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol, that we all support and which is expected to lead to a major agreement by the end of 2009.

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UPU and PostEurop Agree to Jointly Manage their Carbon Footprint [viewed]

UPU and PostEurop Agree to Jointly Manage their Carbon Footprint. Photo Credit, UPU

24 July 2008: PostEurop, a

Restricted Union representing 48 European public postal operators, has agreed

to form a joint technical committee with the Universal Postal Union's (UPU)

Sustainable Development Project Group, which will establish measures to reduce the

sector's carbon dioxide emissions.

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UNCCD's Global Mechanism Advising COMESA on Carbon Finance Platform [viewed]

Global Mechanism responds to call for cooperation with COMESA

21 July 2008: The Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention

to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced that it has been invited by the

Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) to join an advisory

group assisting with the development of a Carbon Fund/Facility.

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ASEAN Ministers Agree to Focus on Climate Change, Energy and Food Security [viewed]

 Joint Communique of the 41st ASEAN Ministerial Meeting 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.

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Experts Gather to Prevent Destruction of Wetlands and Consequent GHG Releases [viewed]

21 July 2008: Over 700

experts from 28 nations are gathering at the eighth INTECOL International

Wetlands Conference, which is taking place from 20-25 July 2008, in Cuiaba,

Brazil, to agree on measures to better manage and slow the decline of wetlands

that are among the planet's most threatened ecosystems.

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UK-Caribbean Ministerial Forum Pledges to Work Towards Agreement in Copenhagen [viewed]

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.

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APP Launches Breakfast Briefings Series [viewed]

U.S. Government's Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate Website 17 July 2008: The Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (APP) held a breakfast briefing on 17 July 2008, in Washington DC, US. This briefing was the first of a series that will be held throughout the year to provide updates on the Partnership's activities.

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Coastal Cities Summit: Values and Vulnerabilities [viewed]

Coastal Cities Summit 2008 July 2008: The Coastal Cities Summit, which will take

place from 17-20 November 2008, in Saint Petersburg, Florida, US, is organized

by the International Ocean Institute.

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IFPRI's Joachim von Braun Calls for Better Integration of Food Security and Climate Change Agendas [viewed]

Joachim von Braun director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute 11

July 2008: In a comment on the G8 leaders' statement on global food security,

Joachim von Braun, Director General of the International Food Policy Research

Institute (IFPRI), welcomed the proposed actions regarding global markets and

increasing food production, while criticizing the lack of actions on social

protection and nutrition for the poorest.

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ECLAC/OAS: Southern Cone Regional Workshop Calls for Diversifying the Energy Matrix [viewed]

Authorities and Experts Discuss Energy Security and Integration in the Region 11 July 2008: Delegates to the Southern Cone Regional Workshop on Sustainable

Energy, which took place on 11 July 2008, in Santiago, Chile, identified

ensuring equal access to energy sources, diversifying the energy matrix, and

advancing towards regional energy alliances as some of the region's key priorities.

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