UN Intergovernmental Body

WMO Discusses its Drought-Related Programmes at CSD16 [viewed]

Wmo7 May 2008: Speaking during the thematic debate on drought at the sixteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD16), which took place at UN headquarters in New York, US, from 5-16 May 2008, a representative of the World Metrological Organization (WMO) provided an overview of the Organization's work on drought and climate change.

 

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ECOSOC: Council Discusses Global Food Crisis [viewed]

Global_food_crisis21 May 2008: Speaking at the UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) special session on the global food crisis, Léo Mérorès, President of ECOSOC, emphasized the “need to concentrate efforts on minimizing greenhouse emissions, deforestation and global warming, while finding ways to promote investments in agriculture [and] maximize the use of agro-science and technology.”

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FAO Stresses Link between Soil Health and Drought Mitigation [viewed]

Fao9 May 2008: Speaking during the UN Commission on Sustainable Development's thematic discussion on inter-linkages and across-cutting issues, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) underlined the link between soil health and drought mitigation. The FAO representative noted that the world's agriculture must not only guarantee food security, but also “a range of other supporting and regulating ecosystem services, in particular nutrient cycling, the hydrological regime and carbon sequestration.”

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Ramsar Secretary General Stresses Wetlands' Role in Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

7 May 2008: Ramsar's Secretary General, Anada Tiéga, participated in the sixteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD16), which took place in at UN headquarters in New York, US, from 5-16 May 2008.

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IPCC to Hold Expert Meeting on LULUCF [viewed]

7 May 2008 : The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will hold an expert meeting on estimating emissions and removals of greenhouse gases from land uses such as agriculture and forestry.

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Working Group Considers Environmental Impacts of Anthropogenic Activities on Marine Biological Diversity [viewed]

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2 May 2008: Participants to the Second meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction have addressed the issue of environmental impacts of anthropogenic activities. A number of developing countries at the 28 April-2 May 2008 meeting in New York, US, organized by the UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, expressed concern with ocean-based climate change mitigation activities, highlighting uncertainties regarding their impacts.

Norway, Australia, Marshall Islands and Mexico argued that these activities should be subject to the carrying out of an environmental impact assessment (EIA).

Above - L-R: Co-Chair Ambassador Robert Hill (Australia) and Co-Chair Juan Manuel Gómez-Robledo (Mexico).

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New Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Takes Office, calls on Human Rights Council to Examine Global Food Crisis [viewed]

Un2 May 2008: One day after taking office, newly appointed Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier de Schutter, called for a special session of the Human Rights Council, so that the Council can “speak with one single voice.” He called upon States to increase their support to humanitarian agencies and provide cash transfers to the neediest segments of populations in food-insecure countries. In the longer-term, he called for greater financial support for small-scale farmers, action to combat climate change, and the phasing out of “market-distorting” agricultural subsidies, noting that the current crisis is “not a natural disaster” but “a crisis which is man-made.”

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UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Makes Recommendations on Climate Change and Calls for UNFCCC Participation [viewed]

2 May 2008: An estimated 2000 delegates gathered at UN headquarters in New York, US, from 21 April to 2 May, for the Seventh Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNFPII) – a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The theme for the session was “Climate change, biocultural diversity and livelihoods: the stewardship roles of indigenous peoples and new challenges.” In its deliberations, the Forum noted that indigenous traditional ways of life have been threatened by climate change, that indigenous peoples continue to be the main custodians of knowledge and biodiversity and that indigenous peoples have largely been kept out of the international dialogue on climate change.

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Human Rights Council Adopts Resolution on Climate Change [viewed]

UnThe United Nations Human Rights Council, 28 March 2008, adopted by consensus a resolution tabled by the Maldives on the subject of human rights and climate change.

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UN General Assembly Thematic Debate Addresses Climate Change's Links to Achieving the MDGs [viewed]

Mdg2 April 2008: Many speakers addressed links between climate change and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) during the UN General Assembly's two-day thematic debate entitled “Recognizing the achievements, addressing the challenges and getting back on track to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.” In her opening remarks to the 1-2 April 2008 thematic debate, Asha-Rose Migiro, UN Deputy Secretary-General, highlighted many speakers' concern that climate change could thwart achievement of the MDGs.

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