UN Intergovernmental Body

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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UNDESA: Solar Energy Viable Option for Timor-Leste [viewed]

Solar energy viable option for Timor-Leste, says UN. Photo credit, UN 15 July

2008: A UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) three-year pilot

project aimed to help rural communities harness the potential of solar energy

recently concluded in Timor-Leste.

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IAEA Posts Documents and Agenda for 52nd General Conference Session [viewed]

Reports, Documents Being Readied for IAEA General Conference

15 July 2008: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has posted

background documents and reports, as well as the provisional agenda, for its 52nd

General Conference Session, which will take place from 29 September to 4

October 2008, in Vienna, Austria.

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ECLAC/OAS: Southern Cone Regional Workshop Calls for Diversifying the Energy Matrix [viewed]

Authorities and Experts Discuss Energy Security and Integration in the Region 11 July 2008: Delegates to the Southern Cone Regional Workshop on Sustainable

Energy, which took place on 11 July 2008, in Santiago, Chile, identified

ensuring equal access to energy sources, diversifying the energy matrix, and

advancing towards regional energy alliances as some of the region's key priorities.

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UNIDO Appoints Climate Change Goodwill Ambassador [viewed]

UNIDO appoints Dr. Pachauri as Goodwill Ambassador

14 July 2008: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has named Rajendra

K. Pachauri, the head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, as one

of its Goodwill Ambassadors.

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Pachauri Calls on G8 Leaders to Stand Up and Deliver [viewed]

Pachauri's presentation at ECOSOC, 30 June 2008 14 July 2008: In an editorial published in the Times of India, Rajendra

K. Pachauri, Intergovernmental

Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Chairman and TERI Director-General,

offers an analysis of the recently concluded G8 summit held in Hokkaido, Japan.

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Documents for IPCC29 Posted [viewed]

IPCC, Twenty-Ninth Session, Geneva, Switzerland, 31 August - 4 September 2008 11 July 2008: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate

Change (IPCC) posted on its website a provisional annotated agenda for its twenty-ninth

Session, taking place from 31 August to 4 September 2008, in Geneva,

Switzerland. The Session will mark the twentieth anniversary of the IPCC.

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