By UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
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.
6 June 2008: The Ramsar Standing Committee held its 37th meeting from 2-6 June 2008, in Gland,
Switzerland. The Committee was charged with making the final preparations for
the documents to be considered at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the
Parties (COP10), which will take place in Changwon, Republic of Korea, from 28 October to 4 November 2008. During the meeting, the Committee approved
for transmittal to the COP a draft Resolution (DR) on climate change and
wetlands, and one on wetlands and biofuels.
17 June 2008: The UN
Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) selected “Combating land
degradation for sustainable agriculture” as the theme for 2008 World Day to
Combat Desertification and Drought, celebrated on 17 June. On the occasion,
UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja highlighted that the conversion of land
to “unsustainable uses can exacerbate the vicious circle of land degradation,
loss of biodiversity and climate change.”
29 May 2008: The UN Environment
Programme's (UNEP) Executive Director, Achim Steiner, has become the official
patron of Flocke, a polar bear cub in Germany's Nuremberg zoo. At the recent ninth Conference of Parties
to Convention on Biological Diversity, which convened in Bonn, Germany, Steiner
said, “I hope a global green economy can be implemented in [Flocke's] lifetime.
June 2008: During World Environment Day celebrations in Montreal, Canada, the
Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Ahmed
Djoghlaf, stressed that biodiversity is “part and parcel of any viable
long-term response to addressing the climate-change challenges facing mankind”
and that the effective and coordinated implementation of the three Rio
conventions is the new multilateral response for achieving lasting peace,
shared prosperity and sustainable future.
June 2008: In a message to the High-Level Conference on World Food Security
(3-5 June 2008, Rome, Italy), Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the
Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), underlined the current loss of
agricultural and livestock biodiversity, which he said is further increased by
June 2008: The 41st session of the
Intergovernmental Oceanic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific
and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which will take place from 24 June-1 July
2008, in Paris, France, is scheduled to consider: the contribution of IOC
programmes to achieving the objectives of the UNFCCC; whether there is any need
to modify the present arrangements; and the IOC's intention to continue its
close cooperation with the UNFCCC Secretariat.
5 June 2008: Deputy Executive Secretary Grégoire de Kalbermatten
addressed the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) High-Level Conference on
Food Security on 5 June 2008, and emphasized actions to enhance carbon
sequestration in soil. He suggested that the climate change negotiations should
give increased attention to land and soil, including by expanding the Clean
Development Mechanism's (CDM) coverage of agricultural land use, particularly
projects focusing on carbon sequestration in soil.
May 2008: The ninth Conference of the Parties (COP 9) to the Convention on
Biological Diversity (CBD) was held from 19-30 May 2008, in Bonn, Germany. The
COP addressed a range of issues related to climate change, including ocean
fertilization, biofuels and biodiversity, and forest biodiversity. [Photo: COP 9 President Sigmar Gabriel gaveled the meeting to
a close at 9:00 pm]
May 2008: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have jointly commissioned a report entitled “Mitigating the Impact of Climate Change and Land Degradation through IFAD's Country Strategic Opportunities Paper (COSOP) in Viet Nam.” The report examines the impact of climate change and land degradation on Viet Nam's agricultural and related sectors, to guide project design of COSOP priorities and to identify supplementary financing for IFAD projects from the UNFCCC and other carbon-related financing mechanisms.