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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
3 June 2008: Private and public
sector participants in the Asia Clean Energy Forum, which convened from 2-6
June 2008, in Manila, the Philippines, called for new investments in clean
energy, amid spiraling costs for oil and coal and the growing threat of climate
June 2008: The Third African Ministerial Conference on Financing for Development will be held in Kigali, Rwanda, from 12-13 June 2008. Discussions will focus on the
theme “Climate Change, an additional challenge for meeting the MDGs in Africa.”
30 May 2008: Representatives from 51 African countries, including 40 Heads of State and Government, joined Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda from 28-30 May 2008, in Yokohama, Japan, to develop a framework for African growth at the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV).
3 June 2008: Speaking at the FAO High-Level Conference on
World Food Security, which convened in Rome, Italy, from 3-5 June 2008, Emile
Frison, Chair of the Alliance of Centres supported by the Consultative Group on
International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and Director General of Bioversity
International, said that, among other factors, lack of investment in
agricultural research has contributed to the global food price crises. He
highlighted the importance of such investment, citing a World Bank report on
investment into agricultural development that found “an average internal rate
of return of 43 percent.”