2008: The UN World
Tourism Organization (UNWTO) launched two publications on World Environment
Day, 5 June 2008. The first, produced in collaboration with the UN Environment
Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), as well as
the University of Oxford's Centre for the Environment, focuses on “Climate
Change Adaptation and Mitigation in the Tourism Sector: Frameworks, Tools and
5 June 2008: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP)
International Children's Painting Competition this year was on the theme
“Climate Change: Actions We Can Take Now.”
June 2008: Celebrations on World Environment Day, 5 June, focused on climate
change, with the theme “Kick the CO2 Habit.” At the New York launch of the
“Together” campaign by the Climate Group, an international charity dedicated to
working with big business and government to help solve climate change, Ban
Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, said “Climate change is too big a challenge for
any country, corporation, or community to address alone. Instead, it requires a
broad coalition acting together for the greater good... we are all part of the
solution.” The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched two reports on World
June 2008: Olivier de Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food,
reminded participants at the High-Level Conference on World Food Security,
which convened from 3-5 June 2008 in Rome, Italy, that the right to food
imposes obligations on countries vis-à-vis populations outside of their
territory. Noting the need to protect the most vulnerable segments of
populations, he called for an institutional framework to: identify emerging
threats at the earliest possible stage; improve coordination among ministries
and levels of government; and ensure participation, particularly of the most
food insecure segments of population.
June 2008: Lennart Båge, President of the International Fund for Agricultural
Development (IFAD), told the High-Level Conference on World Food Security, at
its 3-5 June 2008 meeting in Rome, Italy, that “complacency” with food
surpluses has led to underinvestment in agriculture, for which the world is now
“literally paying the price.” Drawing attention to the under-utilized capacity
of smallholder farmers, he called for investments in rural agriculture,
including: improved access to essential inputs, such as seeds and fertilizer;
microfinance institutions; rural infrastructure; market linkages and access to
market information; and food processing.
June 2008: The latest edition of Tunza, the UN Environment
Programme's (UNEP) Magazine for Youth, focuses on climate change.
4 June 2008: Projects from Peru and Lao People's Democratic
Republic recently received the Sasakawa Prize, a prestigious award from the UN
Environment Programme (UNEP). The Prize,
which aims to incentivize sustainable and replicable grassroots environmental
efforts, focused this year on “moving towards a low carbon economy.”
29 May 2008: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Japan announced a new $92 million initiative to help Africa adapt to global warming.
21 May 2008: The Commission on Growth and Development has released its report entitled “The Growth Report: Strategies for Sustained Growth and Inclusive Development,” in which it analyzes, among other issues, whether deve loping countries can grow as fast as the fastest growing economies without causing global greenhouse gases to spiral out of control.
May 2008: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have jointly commissioned a report entitled “Mitigating the Impact of Climate Change and Land Degradation through IFAD's Country Strategic Opportunities Paper (COSOP) in Viet Nam.” The report examines the impact of climate change and land degradation on Viet Nam's agricultural and related sectors, to guide project design of COSOP priorities and to identify supplementary financing for IFAD projects from the UNFCCC and other carbon-related financing mechanisms.