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UNWTO Launches Two Publications on Climate Change and Tourism [viewed]

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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

Practices.” 

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UNEP Children's Painting Competition Highlights Climate Change [viewed]

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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.”

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UN Secretary-General, UNEP Celebrate World Environment Day [viewed]

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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

Environment Day.

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UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Calls for New Deal for Agriculture [viewed]

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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.

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IFAD President Urges Scaling Up Support to Smallholder Farmers to Address Food Crisis [viewed]

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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.

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UNEP Youth Magazine Highlights Climate Change [viewed]

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June 2008: The latest edition of Tunza, the UN Environment

Programme's (UNEP) Magazine for Youth, focuses on climate change.

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Renewable Energy Projects Receive UNEP Prize [viewed]

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.”

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UNDP and Japan Announce US$92 Million for Adaptation in Africa [viewed]

29 May 2008: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Japan announced a new $92 million initiative to help Africa adapt to global warming.

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Growth Commission Report: Technology is the Key to Coping with Global Warming and Growth [viewed]

Thegrowthreport21 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.

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IFAD and UNCCD's Global Mechanism: Report on Mitigating the Impact of Climate Change and Land Degradation in Viet Nam [viewed]

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.

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