Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

CBD Executive Secretary Addresses ECOSOC High-Level Segment [viewed]

1 July 2008: In his

address to the Annual Ministerial Review of the High-level Segment of the 2008

Substantive Session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Ahmed

Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD),

stressed that the UN's priority challenges as identified by the UN

Secretary-General – natural disasters, climate change, the food crisis and the

surge in fuel prices – are deeply rooted in the unprecedented loss of

biodiversity.

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UNFF Hosting Internet Forum on Forests and Climate Change [viewed]

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1 July 2008: During the

month of July 2008, the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat is hosting an

Internet forum on “Forests and Climate Change.” Input from this discussion will

feed into the discussion on this theme at the eighth session of the UNFF, which

will convene from 20 April-1 May 2009, in New York, US.

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UNESCO Launches Internet-Based Discussion Forum on Climate Change for Vulnerable Groups [viewed]

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June 2008: In an effort to

engage vulnerable groups in international debates on climate change, the UN

Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Coasts and Small Islands Platform and Local

and Indigenous Knowledge Systems Programme has launched an Internet-based

discussion forum on climate change.

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UNITAR Organizes Workshop on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

5 July 2008: The Workshop on Biodiversity and Climate Change took place from 29 June to 4 July 2008, in Kushiro, Japan. It was co-organized by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Kushiro International Wetland Centre, in partnership with the Japan-UNDP Partnership Fund and the Secretariats of the Ramsar Convention and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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Bonn Climate Change Talks Conclude as Attention Turns to Accra [viewed]

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13 June

2008: Four parallel meetings took place between 2-13 June 2008, in Bonn,

Germany, under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Kyoto

Protocol. The second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term

Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA), which was launched in Bali,

started its substantive work in Bonn, while the resumed fifth session of the Ad

Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the

Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) began the process of listing issues for further

negotiation, particularly on the Kyoto Protocol's market-based mechanisms and

on carbon sinks.  

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UNCCD Global Mechanism Highlights Development Programming at Country Level Supported by Effective International Policy Making Processes [viewed]

17 June 2008: On the occasion of 2008 World Day to Combat

Desertification and Drought, celebrated on 17 June, the Global Mechanism (GM)

of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) emphasized that “the

current strategy and policy debates around climate resilience, sustainable

agriculture and food security point to the conclusion that none of these global

challenges and threats to human well-being should be tackled in isolation, but

as part and

parcel of development programming at country level, supported

by effective

international policy making processes.”

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On the Way to Copenhagen [viewed]

Ban_kimoonlBy 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.

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Ramsar Standing Committee Addresses Climate Change and Biofuels [viewed]

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.

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UNCCD Highlights Links between Land Degradation and Agriculture on World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought [viewed]

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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.”

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UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner Becomes Polar Cub's Patron [viewed]

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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.  

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