Intergovernmental Process

G8: Summit Concludes with Agreement on Climate Change [viewed]

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8 July 2008: The Group

of Eight Industrialized Countries (G8) Hokkaido Toyako

Summit took place from 7-9 July 2008

in Japan. On 8 July, the G8 leaders agreed on a Document on Environment and

Climate Change. The leaders of the G8

agreed to share with parties to the UNFCCC the vision of a goal of achieving at

least 50% reduction of global emissions by 2050, recognizing that this global

challenge can only be met by the contributions from all major economies,

consistent with the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and

respective capabilities.

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MEM: Leaders Meeting of Major Economies on Energy Security and Climate Change Develops Declaration [viewed]

9 July 2008: The

Leaders Meeting of the Major Economies took place on 9 July 2008, in Hokkaido,

Japan, in conjunction with the G8 Summit. The leaders of Australia, Brazil,

Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy,

Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom,

and the United States issued a Declaration, which had been agreed during a

previous meeting held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 21-22 June 2008.

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Thirteenth World Water Congress to Convene in September 2008 [viewed]

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July 2008:

The thirteenth World Water Congress will take place in Montpellier, France, from 1-4

September 2008, and will be organized under the theme “Global Changes and Water

Resources: Confronting the Expanding and Diversifying Pressures.”

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Arctic Communities and Small Island Developing States Call for Action on Climate Change [viewed]

Many Strong Voices Website25 June 2008: Many Strong Voices (MSV), a collaboration between Arctic and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) that seeks to promote the well-being of these areas vulnerable to climate change, released a five-year action plan on 25 June 2008.

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World Bank President Zoellick Presents New Climate Investment Funds at G8 Finance Ministers Meeting [viewed]

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June 2008: Speaking on the sidelines of the meeting of finance ministers for

the Group of Eight (G8), held in Osaka, Japan, World

Bank President Robert B.

Zoellick presented two new climate investment funds built to support the

UNFCCC's efforts to address the effects of, and mitigate, climate change.

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Climate Forecast [viewed]

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By Richard Sherman and Peter Doran, IISDRS

While the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

(UNFCCC) process is the official ‘home' for climate policy

negotiations, the road to Copenhagen will increasingly witness the

acceleration of initiatives across the United Nations system and the

intergovernmental sphere. System-wide initiatives on climate change

reflect a commitment across the UN family to support the UN

Secretary-General's commitment to play a leadership role in supporting

the international community's current efforts to address climate

change, using the Bali Action Plan and Roadmap, and to ensure that all

parts of the UN contribute to a solution.

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Guest Article #1: On the Way to Copenhagen [viewed]

It is a particular pleasure to have this opportunity to share some of my thoughts through the inaugural edition of this bulletin – which I hope will become a vibrant medium of communication and exchange in the period ahead – as we each do our part to keep the promise we made in Bali and to realize success in Poznań and then Copenhagen.

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G8 Finance Ministers Support Climate Investment Funds [viewed]

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14 June 2008: G8 Finance Ministers, meeting  in preparation for the Summit of the G8 Heads of State and Government in  Hokkaido-Toyako, met from 13-14 June 2008, in Osaka, Japan, and agreed to the “G8  Action Plan for Climate Change to Enhance the Engagement of Private and Public  Financial Institutions.” In their final statement, Ministers supported the  launch of new Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) by the World Bank, which will complement existing bilateral and multilateral efforts, until a post-2012 framework under the UNFCCC is implemented.

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UNEP Releases Atlas Documenting African Environmental Change [viewed]

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10 June 2008: A new Atlas, comprised of photographs,

satellite imagery and narrative, illustrates changes to Africa's environment

over the past 36 years. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched Africa: Atlas of Our Changing Environment

in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 10 June 2008, at the twelfth Session of the

African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), which convened from

7-12 June 2008.

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South-North Dialogue to Address Food Security and Energy Security [viewed]

June 2008: This event will take place in

Geneva, Switzerland, on 17 June 2008, and is organized by the South Centre,

together with the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia to the UN and

other Geneva-based international organizations. The Dialogue will seek to raise

awareness of underlying causes and policy dilemmas related to energy, food and

livelihood security.

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