Intergovernmental Process

Non-Aligned Movement Ministers Call for Urgent Action to Address Climate Change [viewed]

15th Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement 31 July 2008: The fifteenth Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned

Movement (NAM), held from 27-30 July 2008 in Tehran, Iran, concluded with the

adoption of a document in which

Ministers recognize that climate change poses serious risks and challenges,

particularly to developing countries, and call for urgent global action in

accordance with the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities.

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Standards Bodies Urged to Support ITU's Climate Change Work [viewed]

Global Standards Collaboration

30 July 2008: The Global Standards Organization (GSC) has

called on its members to share their views and experiences with groups addressing

information and communications technologies (ICTs) and climate change, highlighting

the International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) Focus Group on ICTs and

Climate Change.

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Highlighting Development, Climate and Food Crises, UN Secretary-General Urges Copenhagen Agreement [viewed]

29 July 2008: In a message to the Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned

Movement in Tehran, Iran, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged a successful

conclusion to climate talks in Copenhagen in 2009, noting that progress towards

the Millennium Development Goals and ensuring food security have been severely

undermined by the climate crisis.

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South Africa-EU Declaration on Climate Change Calls for Emission Reduction Targets [viewed]

L-R: Thabo Mbeki of South Africa and Nicolas Sarkozy of France - Photo credit: EU Presidency. Click to download the declaration on climate change 25 July 2008: At the conclusion of the first South Africa-EU Summit, held in Bordeaux, France,

participants adopted a Declaration on Climate Change in which they agreed on the

need to conclude

negotiations by the end of 2009 on a strengthened and effective global

agreement for the climate change regime post 2012.

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WBCSD and IUCN Report Highlights Agriculture's Dilemma between Food Security, Conservation and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

Understanding agriculture's dilemma between food security and conservation – new publication

July

2008: The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and IUCN

have published a report entitled “Agricultural Ecosystems, Facts and Trends.”

The Report presents facts and figures on trends in agricultural production and

consumption to help governments, farmers, consumers and industry better

understand the challenges facing the sustainable management of agricultural

ecosystems, such as meeting demands from a fast-growing world population,

adapting to climate change impacts, and managing the natural resources of an

increasingly depleted planet.

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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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