Intergovernmental Process

EU and China Hold Consultations on Combating Climate Change [viewed]

20 August 2008: The EU and China discussions on combating

climate change, conducted on 18 August 2008, in Paris, France, formed part of a

bilateral consultation mechanism under the EU-China Partnership on Climate

Change launched in 2005.

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Inter-African Parliamentary Conference to Focus on Climate Change, Food Security and Aid Effectiveness [viewed]

European Parliamentarians for Africa August 2008: The Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable

Development and Aid Effectiveness will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 26-28

August 2008, and will focus on climate change, food security and aid

effectiveness. The event will bring together African parliamentarians and

experts, as well as members of parliament from Europe and Japan.

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Guest Article #4: With the global house on fire, there is no time to lose at the UN Climate Change Talks in Accra [viewed]

International negotiators are presently preparing for the United Nations Climate Change Talks in Accra, Ghana, which will run from 21 to 27 August. The meeting is the third major UNFCCC gathering this year and is expected to draw over a thousand participants including government representatives, participants from business and industry, environmental organizations and research institutions.

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MCPFE Delegates to Discuss Draft European Guidelines for Afforestation and Reforestation [viewed]

August 2008: The revised draft of the Pan-European

Guidelines for Afforestation and Reforestation in the context of the UNFCCC

will be considered by the Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests

in Europe (MCPFE)/Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy

(PEBLDS) drafting meeting, which will convene from 16-17 September 2008, in

Malahide, Ireland.

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Water and Climate Change Days to be Held during Stockholm World Water Week [viewed]

August 2008: The Co-operative Programme on Water and Climate

(CPWC) is coordinating two Water and Climate Days, on 20 and 21 August 2008, as

part of the upcoming World Water Week being held in Stockholm, Sweden, from

17-23 August 2008.

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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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