UN Programme, Agency or Fund

World Bank: Countries Chosen as Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Members [viewed]

First Countries Named to Benefit from Forest Carbon Partnership Facility 21 July 2008: Fourteen

developing countries - Bolivia, Costa Rica, the Democratic Republic of Congo,

Gabon, Ghana, Guyana, Kenya, Lao PDR, Liberia, Madagascar Mexico, Nepal,

Panama, and Vietnam - will be beneficiaries of funding from the Forest Carbon

Partnership Facility (FCPF), launched at the Bali climate negotiations. The

FCPF partners donor countries, the World Bank, and developing countries in an

effort to build capacity for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest

degradation.

read more »

ECOSOC Addresses UN System's Role in Providing a Coherent Climate Change Response [viewed]

Jean-Marc Hoscheit, Vice-President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Photo credit: IISD Reporting Services

21 July 2008:

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) continued the General Segment of

its Substantive Session with a panel discussion on “An inclusive and coherent approach to climate

change: The role of the UN system,” which was chaired by Jean-Marc Hoscheit (Luxembourg), Vice-President of

the Council. Noting the urgency of addressing the threat of climate change and

the need for system-wide action, he explained that the ECOSOC's discussion was

centered on how the UN is coordinating its response to

the post-Bali road map of negotiations.

read more »

FAO's Harmonized World Soil Database to Facilitate Assessments of Soil's Carbon Storage and Sequestration Capacities [viewed]

New database for soil information

21

July 2008: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has announced the

development of a new database on the world's soils. This database seeks to

improve knowledge of current and future land productivity, as well as the

carbon storage and carbon sequestration potential of the world's soils. Using

the database, the FAO has also produced a global Carbon Gap Map, which allows

for the identification of areas where soil carbon storage is greatest and the

physical potential for billions of tons of additional carbon to be sequestrated

in degraded soils.

read more »

IAEA to Compare Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) with Nuclear Waste Storage [viewed]

Researching ways of securing radioactive waste. Experiments to find solutions to dispose of high-level radioactive waste are conducted at the Grimsel Underground Rock Laboratory in Switzerland (Photo: Comet)16 July 2008: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has embarked on a

multi-year study to conduct a comparative analysis of storage of nuclear waste

and storage of carbon dioxide (CO2).

read more »

ECOSOC Highlights Interlinkages between Food and Energy Crises [viewed]

Current Global Food Crisis Will Require Increasing Amounts of Humanitarian Assistance for Some Time to Come, Economic and Social Council Told 17 July 2008: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) concluded

its three-day Humanitarian Affairs Segment by convening a panel discussion on “Humanitarian

challenges related to global food aid, including enhancing international

efforts and cooperation in this field,” chaired by

Council Vice-President Park In-kook (Republic of Korea) and moderated by John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.

read more »

UNEP Painting Competition Highlights Climate Change [viewed]

18th International Children's Painting Competition on the Environment 17 July 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP),

with the Foundation for Global Peace and Environment, launched its eighteenth International

Children's Painting Competition on 17 July 2008.

read more »

ECOSOC Addresses the Humanitarian Consequences of Climate-Induced Disasters [viewed]

16 July 2008: The UN Economic and Social Council

(ECOSOC) continued its three-day Humanitarian Affairs Segment with a panel discussion

on “Disaster risk reduction and preparedness: addressing the humanitarian

consequences of natural disasters, including the impact of climate change.” The

discussion was chaired by Council Vice-President Park In-kook (Republic of

Korea) and moderated by Catherine Bragg, Assistant Secretary-General for

Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator. Park said the

current session would contribute to the debates of various fora that are

addressing disaster preparedness and risk reduction and the impacts of climate

change. In order to respond to the increased humanitarian needs caused by

climate change, Bragg called for adaptation mechanisms that draw

on existing risk-reduction measures and increased synergies between the climate

change and humanitarian agendas.

read more »

WHO: UN Health Action in Crises – Treating Climate Change, Food Crisis and Other Global Health Challenges [viewed]

Eric Laroche, Assistant Director-General for Health Action in Crisis for WHO. Photo Credit, UN 16

July 2008: Eric Laroche, the Assistant Director-General of the World Health

Organization (WHO), was the Special Guest for the Daily Noon Briefing at UN

Headquarters in NY, on 16 July 2008. Laroche spoke on the theme “UN Health

Action in Crises – Treating Climate Change, Food Crisis and Other Global Health

Challenges.”

read more »

ICAO President Calls on GIACC to Set Fuel Efficiency Goals [viewed]

Opening address by the President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Mr. Roberto Kobeh González. Photo credit, ICAO

14 July

2008: In his inaugural  speech to the second meeting of the

International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Group on International

Aviation and Climate Change (GIACC), Roberto Kobeh González, President of the

ICAO Council, noted the work carried out by the Organization and the UNFCCC

Secretariat in coordinating their work plans, and highlighted the importance

for the Group to agree on aspirational goals on fuel efficiency.

read more »

FAO: Next Global Forest Resources Assessment to Include Global Remote Sensing Survey of Forests [viewed]

Spotlight on forest monitoring. Photo credit, UN

16 July 2008: The

Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has announced that the 2010

Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA 2010) will include a remote sensing

survey, which will document trends in the rate of deforestation, afforestation

and natural forest expansion over the last three decades; provide easy access

to remote sensing imagery; create a methodology and framework for monitoring of

forest change; and enhance countries' capacities to monitor, assess and report

on changes in forest cover.

read more »