Intergovernmental Process

Guest Article #15: It's Heating Up: The Planet's Largest Civil Society Movement for Change [viewed]

Politicians and world leaders cannot tackle climate change alone. The fight to save the world's ecosystems -and the lives of those who depend on them - must become a central focus of mass mainstream movements of communities throughout the world. As we look towards the climate change negotiations in Copenhagen in December of this year, we need to keep this firmly in mind. During a recent visit to China, I participated in what will surely be one of the most memorable moments of my career: Daoist masters from all over China gathered to agree on a seven-year plan for climate change action. At this meeting, the overall strength and sustainability of all religions was immediately apparent to me. Ancient religious symbols and wisdom combined with modern scientific understanding proved to be a potent mixture inspiring and energizing masters and lay believers alike to take unprecedented action. Do religious and faith-based groups have the potential to take the fight against climate change to the mainstream? Quite possibly.

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G8 Energy Ministers Define Joint Strategies to Respond to Climate Change [viewed]

© G826 May 2009: The Group of Eight (G8) Energy Ministers Meeting took place in Rome, Italy, from 24-25 May 2009, under the theme “Beyond the crisis: towards a new world energy leadership.”

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Guest Article #14: UNCTAD and the climate change challenge [viewed]

Increasingly compelling scientific evidence and a better understanding of the economics of climate change have moved the issue to the forefront of the international agenda. As the impacts of climate change are already being felt globally, in particular by the most vulnerable countries, an integrated international approach to addressing these challenges is crucial.

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EU and Canadian Leaders Address Climate Change, the Environment and Energy Security [viewed]

© EU6 May 2009: The leaders of the EU and Canada met in Prague, Czech Republic, on 6 May 2009, for their regular summit and adopted a declaration reiterating that their priority areas include climate change and the environment, and energy security and sustainability. In the declaration, the EU and Canadian leaders expressed their commitment to continue their cooperation in the context of their High-Level Dialogue on Energy, highlighting carbon capture and storage (CCS), bioenergy, and distributed generation and smart electricity networks as priority collaboration areas.

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Coalition for Rainforest Nations Workshop on National Forest Inventories in Non-Annex I Countries Convenes [viewed]

29 April 2009: The Coalition for Rainforest Nation's Capacity Development for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (CD REDD) Programme held the third of a series of three workshops in Dehradun, India, from 27-29 April 2009, under the theme “National Forest Inventory: The Experiences of Non-Annex I Countries.”

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Guest Article #13: Frozen seeds - safeguarding global food supplies [viewed]

World population grows and, thus, the demand for food. At the same time, climate change poses a threat to food supplies, particularly in poorer parts of the world. Subsistence crops are vulnerable to, amongst other things, desertification, temperature increases, changes in rainfall patterns and flooding, i.e. phenomena that are expected to become more frequent and intense as a result of climate change.

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UN Participates in Preparatory Meeting of Major Economies Forum [viewed]

28 April 2009: The US Government hosted the first preparatory meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate from 27-28 April 2009, in Washington, DC, US. The event was attended by Leaders' representatives and other officials from 17 major economies, as well as the UN and Denmark, as host of the December 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Conference.

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G8 Environment Ministers Forward Conclusions to G8 Summit [viewed]

© G8 Summit 200924 April 2009: In the framework of the G8 Italian Presidency, the G8 Environment Ministerial Meeting convened on 22-24 April 2009, in Siracusa, Italy. The meeting was attended by the G8 Environment Ministers and the European Commission, as well as Environment Ministers and senior officials from Brazil, China, India, Mexico, South Africa, Australia, Egypt, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, the Czech Republic on behalf of the European Union (EU), Sweden as the next President of the EU, and Denmark as host of the December 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Conference.

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ICRAF Publishes Working Paper on Mainstreaming Climate Change into Agricultural Education [viewed]

© ICRAFApril 2009: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), has published a working paper on challenges and perspectives for mainstreaming climate change into agricultural education. The working paper is an outcome of a symposium on climate change challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa, which sought to identify recommendations for effective policy, institutions and capacity for addressing climate change in agricultural education.

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IEA Briefs G8 Environment Ministers on Energy Technology's Role in Green Growth [viewed]

© IEA22 April 2009: While attending the Group of Eight industrialized countries (G8) environment ministers meeting, which is taking place from 22-23 April 2009, in Siracusa, Italy, International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka presented a paper titled “Ensuring Green Growth in a Time of Economic Crisis: The Role of Energy Technology.”

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