Intergovernmental Process

G-8 Meeting to Address Financial Crisis [viewed]

18 October 2008: During a meeting on the sidelines of the

Francophonie Summit, which convened in Quebec City, Canada, from 17-19 October

2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and French President Nicolas Sarkozy

agreed on the need to hold an emergency G-8 summit to address the financial

crisis and ensure that its negative impact on the world's economies does not

undermine the major UN efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, to

fight against the effects of climate change and to address the food crisis.

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EEA Report: EU-15 on Track to Meet Kyoto Targets [viewed]

Greenhouse gas emission trends and projections in Europe 2008 16 October 2008: The European Environment Agency (EEA) released a report entitled “Greenhouse gas emission trends and projections in Europe 2008,” which details each of the 15 nations' historic emissions

(1990-2006) and provides an estimate of Europe's emissions situation during the

Kyoto Protocol commitment period (2008–2012).

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Pacific Year of Climate Change 2009 Launched [viewed]

Pacific Climate Change Roundtable 17 October 2008: The Pacific Climate Change Roundtable, which took place from 13-17 October 2008, in Apia, Samoa, was organized by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

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FAO Leads Celebrations on World Food Day [viewed]

FAO Director-General confers World Food Day Medal on H.E. Suzanne Mubarak 16 October 2008: World Food Day 2008 (WFD), which was celebrated on 16 October, was marked by events around the world addressing the theme “World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy.” The main ceremony was held at UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy, including a statement by FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf (see related story), a message from Pope Benedict XVI, and a keynote speech by Egypt's First Lady Suzanne Mubarak.

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UNESCO Supports Pacific Island Media Training on Climate Change [viewed]

SPREP 9 October 2008: The Government of Canada, the UN

Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Pacific

Islands News Association are supporting an initiative of the Secretariat of the

Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), to train 14 journalists from

throughout the Pacific region on environmental issues, including climate

change.

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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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