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CBD'S Ahmed Djoghlaf Underlines Link between Biodiversity Conservation, Climate Change and Food Security [viewed]

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June 2008: In a message to the High-Level Conference on World Food Security

(3-5 June 2008, Rome, Italy), Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), underlined the current loss of

agricultural and livestock biodiversity, which he said is further increased by

climate change.

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41st Session of the IOC Executive Council to Consider Contribution to UNFCCC Objectives [viewed]

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June 2008: The 41st session of the

Intergovernmental Oceanic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific

and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which will take place from 24 June-1 July

2008, in Paris, France, is scheduled to consider: the contribution of IOC

programmes to achieving the objectives of the UNFCCC; whether there is any need

to modify the present arrangements; and the IOC's intention to continue its

close cooperation with the UNFCCC Secretariat.

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UNESCO Director-General Urges Urgent Action on Climate Change [viewed]

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5 June 2008:

Speaking on the occasion of World Environment Day 2008, on 5 June 2008,

Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and

Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said that this year's slogan, “CO2: Kick the

Habit! Towards a Low

Carbon Economy,” reminds the international community of its duty to strive for

a carbon and climate-neutral society. He stressed that there is sufficient knowledge

on the nature, scope and impact of environmental degradation and climate change

to warrant urgent action.

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Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in the Water Sector [viewed]

June 2008: This workshop is

scheduled to take place on 1-2 July 2008 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and

will be organized under the auspices of the UN Economic Commission for Europe

Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and

International Lakes (Water Convention) and the Protocol on Water and Health to

the Water Convention. The event will address, inter alia: current

knowledge about adaptation and climate change; policy, legislative, institutional

and financial frameworks; forecasting, modelling and vulnerability, including

vulnerability of water-related sectors such as energy, agriculture and tourism;

and adaptation and coping measures.

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Consultation Discusses Climate Change Strategies for the African Development Bank and World Bank [viewed]

4 June 2008: The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World

Bank jointly organized a fourth regional consultation to discuss their

respective strategies on climate change. The 4 June 2008 consultation in Dakar,

Senegal, was the last in a series aimed at brainstorming and seeking ways to

strengthen collaboration with African institutions and development partners in

order to efficiently implement the strategies. Participants identified three

main challenges – energy security and access, cushioning the adverse effects of

climate change, and climate change risk management and adaptation.

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UNCTAD: Supachai Panitchpakdi Calls for the Phase-out of Agricultural Subsidies [viewed]

3 June 2008: In his address to the High-Level Conference on

World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy, which

convened from 3-5 June 2008, in Rome, Italy, the Secretary-General of the UN

Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Supachai Panitchpakdi, criticized

subsidized exports from the developed world, noting that many former net

exporters of food in Africa, Asia and Latin America are now net importers as a

result of the market distortions caused by the subsidies.

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UNDP and Japan Launch Programme on Climate Change Adaptation for Africa [viewed]

29 May 2008: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Japan announced, at the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV), a US$ 92.1 million programme for climate change adaptation in Africa. The UNDP/Japan adaptation programme is expected to be operational in August 2008.

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UNCCD Suggests Expanding CDM Coverage of Agricultural Land Use [viewed]

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5 June 2008: Deputy Executive Secretary Grégoire de Kalbermatten

addressed the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) High-Level Conference on

Food Security on 5 June 2008, and emphasized actions to enhance carbon

sequestration in soil. He suggested that the climate change negotiations should

give increased attention to land and soil, including by expanding the Clean

Development Mechanism's (CDM) coverage of agricultural land use, particularly

projects focusing on carbon sequestration in soil.

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World Bank Carbon Fund Project in Nicaragua Buying Carbon-Equivalent Emission Reductions [viewed]

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6 June 2008: The World Bank's Carbon Fund is facilitating a

US$8.37 million project in southern Nicaragua that plans to turn 600 hectares

of privately-owned former cattle ranches into new-growth teak forests. The Nicaragua Precious Woods Project began in August 2006,

and intends to absorb nearly 300,000 tons of carbon emissions by the year 2017

while conserving approximately 350 hectares of secondary forest and mature

trees.

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UNIDO: Economic Growth and Climate Change Mitigation Two Parts of the Same Whole [viewed]

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5 June 2008: Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General of the UN

Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), emphasized low-emissions economic

development as an element of the solution to climate change in his statement to

commemorate World Environment Day on 5 June.

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