UN Intergovernmental Body

UN Private Sector Forum Discusses Business Action in Achieving the MDGs and Food Sustainability [viewed]

Former United States President Bill Clinton and World Bank President Robert Zoellick.

24 September 2008: The first UN Private Sector Forum on the

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Food Sustainability convened on the

side of the opening of the UN General Assembly, to further business commitment

towards the MDGs and serve as platform to articulate business perspectives on

actions needed for their achievement.

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Third Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board [viewed]

24 September 2008: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) held its

third meeting from 15-18 September 2008, at the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany. The

Board discussed several issues pending from its first and second meetings. Work

was concluded on draft Rules of Procedure of the AFB, draft Roles and

Responsibilities of the Board, and draft Strategic Priorities, Policies and

Guidelines.

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UNDESA Policy Brief Highlights Role for a Global Disaster Mechanism [viewed]

September 2008: The UN Department of Economic and Social

Affairs has prepared a policy brief on “An integrated approach needed for the

growing threat of climate-related insecurity.”

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UNGA President Stresses the Need for Solidarity [viewed]

Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann, President of the 63rd session of the General Assembly 23 September 2008: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Miguel D'Escoto, opened its annual High-Level debate by stating that the confluence of global interrelated crises, including climate change, high food prices, disasters and financial troubles, highlight the need to overturn the culture of selfishness and shift towards solidarity.

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FAO Releases Figures on Impact of High Food Prices on Hunger and Poverty [viewed]

Hunger on the rise. Soaring prices add 75 million people to global hunger rolls 18 September 2008: On the eve of the opening of the 63rd

session of the UN General Assembly, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization

(FAO) released a briefing paper on the impact of high food prices on hunger,

which states that rising food prices pushed 75 million more people into hunger

and threatens efforts to realize the goal of halving the number of those in

hunger by 2015. The paper will inform a high-level event on the Millennium

Development Goals (MDGs), to be held on 25 September.

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UNGA: Climate Change to be a Priority during 63rd Session [viewed]

New General Assembly President calls for democratization of United Nations 16 September 2008: Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann, a former

foreign minister of Nicaragua and the new President of the UN General Assembly

(UNGA), opened its 63rd session with a call to democratize the UN in order to

deal more effectively with the world's most pressing problems, including the

impact of climate change, widespread hunger and poverty, and unequal access to

water.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Global Solution to Climate Change Crisis [viewed]

15 September 2008: Noting that media interest in climate

change issues has been fading since the release of the Intergovernmental Panel

on Climate Change's Fourth Assessment Report in November 2008, UN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the importance of cooperation among

all sectors of society to tackle this challenge.

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UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Presents Report on Human Rights Framework for Food Security [viewed]

Skyrocketing prices continue to threaten the right to food, UN expert Olivier De Schutter, the Special Rapporteur on the right to food says 10 September 2008: Presenting his latest report to the Human

Rights Council in Geneva, Olivier De Schutter, the Special Rapporteur on the

Right to Food, said rising food prices continue to jeopardize the right to

food, stressing that “any potential solution to the problem must be viewed

through the lens of human rights.”

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IPCC Chair Pachauri Addresses the Costs of Mitigation Actions [viewed]

8 September 2008: In an editorial published in The

Australian, Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate

Change (IPCC), highlighted that, according to the IPCC's Fourth Assessment

Report, costs of mitigation actions are not high. “In fact, one of the

scenarios assessed, which would stabilise average temperature increase in the

world to between 2C to 2.4C, would cost the world no more than 3 per cent of

the global GDP in 2030,” he writes.

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IPCC Session Concludes [viewed]

Twenty-Ninth Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Twentieth Anniversary of the IPCC 4 September 2008: The 29th session of the Intergovernmental

Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) convened from 31 August to 4 September 2008, in

Geneva, Switzerland, and was attended by more than 300 participants. During the

meeting, which commemorated the IPCC's 20th anniversary, the Panel elected the

new IPCC Bureau and the Bureau of the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas

Inventories (TFB), and reelected Rajendra Pachauri as the IPCC Chair.

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