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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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IPCC Chair Pachauri Discusses Climate Change and Security [viewed]

PachauriBefore his speech to the European Parliament on climate change and global security, Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said during an interview that, the many looming security threats related to climate change include conflicts over water and changes in agricultural demands as weather changes and extreme events force mass movements of people.

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UNESCO Conference Says Biosphere Reserves Can Spur Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

BiosphereParticipants at the third World Congress of Biosphere Reserves, which took place from 4-9 February 2008, in Madrid, Spain, and was organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), have adopted the Madrid Declaration, which underlines that biosphere reserves can spur efforts “to mitigate and adapt to climate change, and to promote the greater use of renewable energy,” as well as to tackle challenges such as the loss of traditional knowledge and cultural diversity.

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UNGA Climate Change Event Focuses on Post-Bali Talks and Partnerships [viewed]

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The need for a global agreement on climate change for the post-2012 period, the importance of collaborative partnerships, and the role of the United Nations system were the focus of discussions during a three-day “thematic debate” in the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The event, which met at UN headquarters in New York, US, from 11-13 February 2008, took as its theme: “Addressing climate change: the United Nations and the world at work.”

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IPCC Posts Agenda, Other Details of Next Session [viewed]

Rajendra_pachauriThe Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Secretariat has posted the draft agenda and other details on its website for its upcoming 28th session. In letters addressed to IPCC focal points and to relevant organizations, dated 5 February 2008, IPCC Secretary Renate Christ, on behalf of IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri, provides details of the venue and focus of the session, which is scheduled for 9-10 April 2008, in Budapest, Hungary.

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General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim urges a global alliance for action [viewed]

Srgjan_kerim Speaking in advance of the UN General Assembly's thematic debate on climate change, General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim called for a “common vision, a global consensus, a global alliance for action.”

President Kerim said “our aim is to support that process” and to keep up the momentum created by the Bali roadmap.

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UN Secretary-General releases report on the UN's Climate Change Activities [viewed]

Climateusg_3The UN Secretary-General's report entitled ‘Overview of United Nations activities in relation to climate change (A/62/644)' has been released in advance of the General Assembly's High Level Thematic debate on climate change, to be held in February 2008.

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IPCC Chair Addresses World Economic Forum [viewed]

Rajendra_pachauri_3In his address to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Intergovernmenal Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Chairman Rajendra Pachauri said “if action to tackle the threat of climate change emerges soon, driven by knowledge of where we are heading, as provided by the findings of the IPCC, there would be reason for optimism that other serious challenges facing the world may also evoke similar responses based on rational assessments of problems and knowledge driven solutions.”

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