Intergovernmental Process

EU and Asian Nations Reaffirm Need for Copenhagen Deal at ASEM7 [viewed]

Chair's Statement of the Seventh Asia-Europe Meeting 27 October 2008: The EU and 24 Asian States have signed a

declaration urging agreement on an international framework on climate change at

the Copenhagen negotiations in December 2009. The Beijing Declaration on

Sustainable Development was agreed and signed during the Seventh Asia-Europe

Meeting (ASEM), held from 24-25 October in Beijing, China.

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C40 Tokyo Conference on Climate Change Discusses Adaptation Measures for Sustainable Low Carbon Cities [viewed]

C40 cities 24 October 2008: Mayors and senior officials from 36 of the

world's largest cities gathered from 22-24 October 2008, in Tokyo, Japan, for

talks on how to fight global warming in the latest meeting of the so-called C40

climate initiative.

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Caribbean States' Vulnerability to Climate Change Stressed at UN Press Conference [viewed]

Association of Caribbean States 23 October 2008: At a press conference at UN Headquarters in

New York, US, representatives of the Association of Caribbean States said

countries of the Caribbean region were headed for “hard and difficult times”

unless they took action on climate change, with the cooperation and support of

the international community.

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Francophonie Pledges to Halve GHG Emissions by 2050 [viewed]

Francophonie Pledges to Halve GHG Emissions by 2050 20 October 2008: During the 12th Francophonie Summit, which

took place in Quebec City, Canada, from 17-19 October 2008, seventy

French-speaking nations and regional governments adopted the Quebec

Declaration.

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G-8 Meeting to Address Financial Crisis [viewed]

18 October 2008: During a meeting on the sidelines of the

Francophonie Summit, which convened in Quebec City, Canada, from 17-19 October

2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and French President Nicolas Sarkozy

agreed on the need to hold an emergency G-8 summit to address the financial

crisis and ensure that its negative impact on the world's economies does not

undermine the major UN efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, to

fight against the effects of climate change and to address the food crisis.

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EEA Report: EU-15 on Track to Meet Kyoto Targets [viewed]

Greenhouse gas emission trends and projections in Europe 2008 16 October 2008: The European Environment Agency (EEA) released a report entitled “Greenhouse gas emission trends and projections in Europe 2008,” which details each of the 15 nations' historic emissions

(1990-2006) and provides an estimate of Europe's emissions situation during the

Kyoto Protocol commitment period (2008–2012).

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Pacific Year of Climate Change 2009 Launched [viewed]

Pacific Climate Change Roundtable 17 October 2008: The Pacific Climate Change Roundtable, which took place from 13-17 October 2008, in Apia, Samoa, was organized by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

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FAO Leads Celebrations on World Food Day [viewed]

FAO Director-General confers World Food Day Medal on H.E. Suzanne Mubarak 16 October 2008: World Food Day 2008 (WFD), which was celebrated on 16 October, was marked by events around the world addressing the theme “World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy.” The main ceremony was held at UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy, including a statement by FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf (see related story), a message from Pope Benedict XVI, and a keynote speech by Egypt's First Lady Suzanne Mubarak.

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UNESCO Supports Pacific Island Media Training on Climate Change [viewed]

SPREP 9 October 2008: The Government of Canada, the UN

Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Pacific

Islands News Association are supporting an initiative of the Secretariat of the

Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), to train 14 journalists from

throughout the Pacific region on environmental issues, including climate

change.

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World Bank Group President Addresses Climate Change Challenges at IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings [viewed]

Robert Zoellick, President of the World Bank Group 13 October 2008: The annual meetings of the Boards of

Governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank took place on

13 October 2008, in Washington DC, US. Finance ministers from developing and

industrialized nations attended the event, which was preceded by a meeting of

the International Monetary and Financial Committee and the Development

Committee. Robert Zoellick, President of the World Bank Group, addressed the

meeting, noting the effects of the current financial crisis on energy and climate

change.

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