Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin Issue 4 Released [viewed]

The issue No. 4 of the CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin features an essay by Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), entitled, With the global house on fire, there is no time to lose at the UN Climate Change Talks in Accra. 22

August 2008: IISD Reporting Services is pleased to announce that the newest

issue of CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin is now available. To access the fourth issue

directly, click here. To read past issues and to sign up to receive the Bulletin, click here.

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UNFCCC Climate Change Talks Open in Accra [viewed]

His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor, President of Ghana, addresses delegates during the opening ceremony. 21 August 2008: Over 1600 participants are attending the UN

climate change negotiations that opened in Accra, Ghana, and that are scheduled

to conclude on 27 August 2008.

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CBD Calls for Views on Ways to Integrate Biodiversity Considerations in Climate-Change Related Activities [viewed]

21 August 2008: In accordance with COP Decision IX/16, the

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued a

notification to request Parties to submit views on ways to integrate

biodiversity considerations into climate-change related activities by 1 October

2008.

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CBD Caribbean Workshop on Capacity-Building for the Integration of Climate Change Announced [viewed]

Regional and Sub-Regional Capacity-Building Workshops on Implementing NBSAPs and Mainstreaming Biodiversity 20 August 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on

Biological Diversity (CBD) has announced that a regional workshop for countries

of the Caribbean region on capacity-building for national biodiversity

strategies and action plans, mainstreaming of biodiversity and the integration

of climate change will be held in Trinidad and Tobago, from 3-7 November 2008.

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CBD Outlines Climate-Related Activities in Quarterly Report [viewed]

18 August 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on

Biological Diversity (CBD) has published a joint-quarterly report on the

administration of the Convention, which contains a summary of key activities

implementing the decisions of the Conference of the Parties and other relevant

matters from 1 January-31 March and from 1 April-30 June 2008.

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MCPFE Delegates to Discuss Draft European Guidelines for Afforestation and Reforestation [viewed]

August 2008: The revised draft of the Pan-European

Guidelines for Afforestation and Reforestation in the context of the UNFCCC

will be considered by the Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests

in Europe (MCPFE)/Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy

(PEBLDS) drafting meeting, which will convene from 16-17 September 2008, in

Malahide, Ireland.

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“New-look” UNFCCC Newsletter Published [viewed]

New-look UNFCCC newsletter

August 2008: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a new-look

newsletter, which, in addition to sections on mitigation, adaptation, finance

and technology, includes a special focus on reducing emissions from

deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and a summary of

key UNFCCC statements.

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UNCCD Launches Webpage on Land and Climate [viewed]

Focus on both land and climate. Photo credit, UNCCD 13 August 2008: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has launched a new webpage on the

interrelationship between land and climate. The webpage highlights that soil

can make a difference in addressing climate change issues, and presents

information on land and climate change, land degradation and poverty, energy

security, food security, and UNCCD processes to address climate change and

soil.

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UNFF Secretariat Calls for Information for Secretary-General's Reports on Forests and Climate Change [viewed]

Call for information on progress made on the implementation of the non-legally binding instrument on all types of forests (NLBI) and achievement of the global objectives on forests August 2008: The Secretariat of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) has called for the submission of national information on the

implementation of the Non-Legally Binding Instrument on All Types of Forests

(NLBI) and progress towards the achievement of the four Global Objectives on

Forests.

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CBD Notification on Preparations for the Global Biodiversity Outlook [viewed]

7 August 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on

Biological Diversity (CBD) has notified organizations participating in the

Biodiversity Indicators Partnership about the timetable for preparing the third

edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-3) and has invited these

organizations to make the latest scientific information available for the

Outlook.

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