3 July 2008: The High-level Segment of the UN Economic
and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Substantive Session has developed a Ministerial
Declaration entitled “Implementing the internationally agreed goals and
commitments in regard to sustainable development.” The four-day High-level
Segment (30 June-3 July) convened at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and
consisted of four elements: a high-level policy dialogue on the state of the
world economy and its implications for the achievement of the UN Development
Agenda (30 June); the first Development Cooperation Forum (30 June-1 July); the
second Annual Ministerial Review (2-3 July); and a thematic debate on
integrated approaches to rural development (3 July).
17 June 2008: The UN Financing for Development Office, UN-DESA and the Friedrich Ebert
Foundation organized an event on “Carbon Taxes - A Tool for Managing Climate Change or a Threat to the
World's Poor?” on 17 June, 2008, at UN
Headquarters in New York.
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
June 2008: The latest IPCC Technical Paper on Climate Change
and Water will be presented at World Water Week, scheduled to take place from
17-23 August 2008, in Stockholm, Sweden.
9 June 2008: The UN General Assembly
(UNGA) considered private investment's role in mitigating climate change and
how climate change, in turn, influences private investment decisions, during
this body's first follow-up to its February 2008 thematic debate on climate
4 June 2008: Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann (Nicaragua) was elected on
4 June 2008 to serve as President of the 63rd Session of the UN General
Assembly (UNGA), which will begin on 16 September 2008.
16 May 2008: The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural
Rights of the UN Economic and Social Council adopted a statement on the world
food crisis, during its fortieth session on 16 May 2008. The statement
(E/C.12/2008/1) calls on all States to address the immediate causes of the food
crisis and urges them to address its structural causes at the national and
international levels, including by: “implementing strategies to combat global
climate change that do not negatively affect the right to adequate food and
freedom from hunger, but rather promote sustainable agriculture, as required by
article 2 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.”
16 May 2008: The sixteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), which met from 5-16 May 2008, in New York, US, has reviewed the thematic cluster of agriculture, rural development, drought, desertification, land and Africa. Many delegations and speakers tied these agenda items to the current global food crisis and climate change, and highlighted in particular land degradation, high energy costs, climate change, poor harvests, speculation in agricultural commodities, inequitable terms of trade, decline of investments in rural and agricultural development, and increased production of biofuels from food crops as drivers of high food prices.
May 2008: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has published a new study on how climate change impacts migratory processes, in particular the livelihoods of the poor and the most vulnerable.
14 May 2008: Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, addressed the Ministerial Roundtable on Inter-linkages among the Thematic Issues, Including Adaptation to Climate Change, at the sixteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development held from 5-16 May 2008 in New York, US. During the 14 May discussion he asked, “if we agree that climate change is impacting, and will further impact, agricultural production, what are we doing in terms of adaptation?”