UN Programme, Agency or Fund

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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FAO, IFAD and WFP Sign MOU with Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa [viewed]

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4 June 2008: At the UN Food and Agriculture Organization

(FAO) High-Level Conference on World Food Security, held in Rome Italy, from

3-5 June 2008, FAO, the World Food Programme (WFP), the International Fund for

Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in

Africa (AGRA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to boost food

production in Africa's breadbasket regions – regions with relatively good

rainfall, soils, infrastructure and markets – and to support smallholder

farmers.  

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FAO Report Addresses Forests and Energy [viewed]

4 June 2008: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization has

released a report on the use of wood biomass as a source of energy. Following

an overview of projections for global energy supply and demand to 2030, the

report discusses wood energy efficiency and competitiveness, highlighting the

use of by-products of the wood processing industry. It also makes

recommendations on issues to address in planning policies and programmes that

support bioenergy development.

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Calls for Human Rights Approach to World Food Crises [viewed]

4 June 2008: Speaking at the FAO High-Level Conference on

World Food Security, which convened in Rome, Italy, from 3-5 June 2008, Louise

Arbour, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that the food crisis is a

forceful signal “about individual human rights and the need for collective

action.” Reporting on a special session of the Human Rights Council on the food

emergency, she called for a human rights framework to analyze the causes of the

crises and “to clarify the power imbalances inside and between countries that

trigger or exacerbate the food crisis, including unfair trade practices or

skewed policies involving incentives and subsidies.”

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