Intergovernmental Process

ECOWAS Commission President Reports on Food Crisis Impacts in West African Economies [viewed]

Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) 10 September 2008: Presenting his report on the status of

the Community Work Programme, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, President of the Economic

Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, highlighted the economic

impacts of the increase of food and commodity prices in West African States.

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South-East Asia Health Ministers Stress Health Impact of Climate Change [viewed]

September 2008: The twenty-sixth meeting of Ministers of

Health and the sixty-first session of the World Health Organization's (WHO)

Regional Committee for South-East Asia are taking place from 8-11 September

2008, in New Delhi, India.

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IPY Report: September 2008 [viewed]

IPY Report: September 2008 September 2008: The September issue of the International Polar Year (IPY) report has been released.

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PolarCLIMATE Calls for Proposals [viewed]

September 2008: The EUROPOLAR ERA-NET Consortium, in

association with the European Science Foundation, has launched the first call

for pre-proposals leading to potential Joint Projects to be undertaken within

the PolarCLIMATE Programme.

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Guest Article #5: Africa's Climate Roadmap: From Johannesburg through Africa to Copenhagen [viewed]

“Africa's Climate Roadmap, from Johannesburg through Africa to Copenhagen” was adopted at the twelfth session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN-12), which took place from 7-12 June 2008, in Johannesburg, South Africa.  In our climate change discussions we highlighted the urgency for Africa to articulate a common position during the ongoing climate change negotiations for a strengthened international agreement beyond 2012, and to exploit the opportunity to build consensus on the complex issues of climate change and sustainable development for the benefit of the continent. Africa agreed to put forward a shared vision based on scientific evidence and broad political consensus. That shared vision would have several key elements: the future climate change regime should accommodate the priorities for Africa of sustainable development, poverty reduction and attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); increased support should be provided under the regime for capacity-building, financing and technology development and transfer for adaptation and mitigation in Africa (the means of implementation); and the agreement should result in the stabilization of emissions in the atmosphere. A deal on climate change requires a deal on development, including Africa.

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CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin Issue 5 Released [viewed]

CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin, Issue No. 5

5 September 2008: IISD Reporting Services is pleased to

announce that the newest issue of CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin is now available. To

access the fifth issue directly, click here.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Calls on Africa to Express its Views on the Copenhagen Deal [viewed]

Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary 3 September 2008: In an address to the Africa Carbon Forum, currently taking place in Dakar, Senegal, until 5 September 2008, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary noted that, despite being the hardest hit by climate change, Africa is the continent that has benefited the least from the current international climate change regime, including the Clean Development Mechanism

(CDM).

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African Green Revolution Conference Addresses Food Security and Increased Productivity [viewed]

Third African Green Revolution Conference

September 2008: The third African Green Revolution

Conference convened from 28-29 August 2008, in Oslo, Norway, organized by Yara

International ASA, a Norwegian fertilizer company, in partnership with the

Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), the African Development Bank

(ADB) Norad, Norfund and Rabobank.

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Third High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness Opens [viewed]

2 September 2008: The Third High Level Forum on Aid

Effectiveness is taking place from 2-4 September 2008, in Accra, Ghana. Over

100 high-level country representatives, as well as heads of bilateral and

multilateral development agencies, donor organizations, and civil society

organizations, will discuss ways to increase the transparency of aid and make

it more results-oriented.

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International Polar Day 2008 [viewed]

International Polar Day - People September 2008: The sixth quarterly International Polar Day,

which will be celebrated on 24 September 2008, will address how climate change

and renewed exploitation present urgent challenges to Arctic people, including

by examining the health impacts of climate change on the Arctic residents and

the focus of monitoring programmes of the polar environment on climate change.

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