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ECOSOC High-level Segment Ministerial Declaration Addresses “Implementing the Internationally Agreed Goals and Commitments in Regard to Sustainable Development” [viewed]

Economic and Social Council Calls for Urgent Actions to Put Global Economy

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).

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“Carbon Taxes - A Tool for Managing Climate Change or a Threat to the World's Poor?” [viewed]

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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.

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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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IPCC report to be presented at World Water Week [viewed]

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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.

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UNGA Discusses Role of Global Private Investments in Climate Change [viewed]

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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

change.

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UNGA President-Elect to Prioritize Climate Change [viewed]

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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.

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UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Adopts Statement on Food Crisis [viewed]

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.”

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CSD16: Delegates Review Agriculture, Rural Development, Drought, Desertification, Land and Africa [viewed]

Agriculture_and_rural_development_s16 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.

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IOM Assesses the Impact of Climate Change on Migratory Processes [viewed]

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.

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DESA: Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Addresses Inter-linkages among CSD Thematic Issues [viewed]

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?”

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