UN Intergovernmental Body

General Assembly President Urges Principled Stand on Securing a 2009 Climate Agreement [viewed]

General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim 21 July 2008: In a letter to member States, UN General

Assembly President Srgjan Kerim expressed his hope that the Assembly would

adopt a resolution taking a principled stand, demonstrating its relevance, and

sending a strong political message in support of agreeing on a comprehensive

global framework in 2009.

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General Assembly President Distributes Informal Summary of Thematic Debate on ‘Climate Change and the Most Vulnerable Countries- the Imperative to Act' [viewed]

Pga 21 July 2008: UN General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim has

circulated to member States the President's informal summary of the General

Assembly's thematic debate, held on 8 July 2008, on the theme ‘Climate Change

and the Most Vulnerable Countries- the Imperative to Act.'

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UN General Assembly Concludes Debates on the Global Food and Energy Crisis [viewed]

Raise Investment in Agriculture or Face Political Unrest, International Community Urged As General Assembly Concludes Debate on Global Food, Energy Crises

21 July 2008: The UN General Assembly

reconvened, on Monday, 21 July, to conclude the plenary meeting on the global

food and energy crisis that began on 18 July 2008. A number of countries,

including Cape Verde and Syria, stressed the interlinkages between the food,

energy and climate challenges.

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IPCC Technical Paper on Climate Change and Water [viewed]

June

2008: This Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Technical Paper is the sixth paper in the IPCC Technical Paper series and was

produced in response to a proposal by the Secretariat of the World Climate

Programme – Water and the International Steering Committee of the Dialogue on

Water and Climate at the 19th Plenary Session of the IPCC, which took place in

Geneva, Switzerland in April 2002.

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ECOSOC Addresses UN System's Role in Providing a Coherent Climate Change Response [viewed]

Jean-Marc Hoscheit, Vice-President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Photo credit: IISD Reporting Services

21 July 2008:

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) continued the General Segment of

its Substantive Session with a panel discussion on “An inclusive and coherent approach to climate

change: The role of the UN system,” which was chaired by Jean-Marc Hoscheit (Luxembourg), Vice-President of

the Council. Noting the urgency of addressing the threat of climate change and

the need for system-wide action, he explained that the ECOSOC's discussion was

centered on how the UN is coordinating its response to

the post-Bali road map of negotiations.

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UN General Assembly Discusses Concerted Action to Tackle the Global Food and Energy Crises [viewed]

Srgjan Kerim, United Nations General Assembly President 18 July 2008: Addressing the UN General Assembly during its 112th plenary meeting, held on the global food and energy crisis, Srgjan Kerim, President of

the General Assembly, and UN Secretary-General Ban

Ki-moon urged coordinated action to tackle the three challenges of climate

change, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the food and oil crises.

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General Assembly President and Vietnamese Official Discuss Climate Change and Food Crisis [viewed]

18 July 2008: General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim has

briefed Viet Nam's Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem on the priority issues of

the Assembly's current session, addressing in particular climate change, and

the global food and energy crises.

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ECOSOC Highlights Interlinkages between Food and Energy Crises [viewed]

Current Global Food Crisis Will Require Increasing Amounts of Humanitarian Assistance for Some Time to Come, Economic and Social Council Told 17 July 2008: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) concluded

its three-day Humanitarian Affairs Segment by convening a panel discussion on “Humanitarian

challenges related to global food aid, including enhancing international

efforts and cooperation in this field,” chaired by

Council Vice-President Park In-kook (Republic of Korea) and moderated by John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.

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ECOSOC Addresses the Humanitarian Consequences of Climate-Induced Disasters [viewed]

16 July 2008: The UN Economic and Social Council

(ECOSOC) continued its three-day Humanitarian Affairs Segment with a panel discussion

on “Disaster risk reduction and preparedness: addressing the humanitarian

consequences of natural disasters, including the impact of climate change.” The

discussion was chaired by Council Vice-President Park In-kook (Republic of

Korea) and moderated by Catherine Bragg, Assistant Secretary-General for

Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator. Park said the

current session would contribute to the debates of various fora that are

addressing disaster preparedness and risk reduction and the impacts of climate

change. In order to respond to the increased humanitarian needs caused by

climate change, Bragg called for adaptation mechanisms that draw

on existing risk-reduction measures and increased synergies between the climate

change and humanitarian agendas.

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ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment Highlights Synergies between Climate Change and Humanitarian Communities [viewed]

15

July 2008: The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Humanitarian Affairs

Segment opened on 15 July 2008, and organized its discussions around the theme

“Building capabilities and capacities at all levels for timely humanitarian

assistance, including disaster risk reduction.” Council Vice-President and Segment President Park

In-Kook (Republic of Korea) opened discussions by noting that this year's

Segment provided the international humanitarian community with an opportunity

to reflect on how to respond to the food crisis and the humanitarian

implications of disasters.

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