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ILO identifies climate change as a strategic challenge ahead [viewed]

13 June

2008: The International Labour Organization's (ILO) Conference convened for its

ninety-seventh session from 28 May-3 June in Geneva, Switzerland. In a report

submitted to the Conference entitled

“Decent Work, Some Strategic Challenges Ahead,” ILO Director-General Juan Somavia recognizes that, although the

organization does not have a mandate on climate change per se, the changes in the economy will impact employment.

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ICAO Releases Carbon Emissions Calculator [viewed]

19 June 2008: As part of its efforts to support the UN

Climate Neutral Initiative, the UN International Civil Aviation Organization

(ICAO) has released a web-based tool that identifies the carbon dioxide

emissions from a given flight.

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On the Way to Copenhagen [viewed]

Ban_kimoonlBy UN  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

It is a particular pleasure to have this opportunity to share some of

my thoughts through the inaugural edition of this bulletin – which I

hope will become a vibrant medium of communication and exchange in the

period ahead – as we each do our part to keep the promise we made in

Bali and to realize success in Poznań and then Copenhagen.

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European Project on Ocean Acidification Launched [viewed]

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10 June 2008: The

European Project on Ocean Acidification (EPOCA) was launched on 10 June 2008.

This EU research project is a consortium of over 100 scientists from 27

organizations in nine countries to address ocean acidification. Its goal is to

document ocean acidification, investigate its impact on biological processes,

predict its consequences for the next 100 years, and advise policy-makers on

potential thresholds or tipping points that should not be exceeded.

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IFAD Calls for Sustainable Agriculture to Stop Desertification [viewed]

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June 2008: In a message on the occasion of UN World Day to Combat

Desertification, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

highlighted the role of poor farmers and herders in stopping or reversing land

degradation in areas affected by desertification.

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World Food Programme (WFP) Adopts New Strategic Plan to Address Food Crisis [viewed]

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June 2008: The WFP Executive Board has adopted a new four-year strategic plan to address hunger needs arising from recent

food price increases and shortages, as well as to fight hunger more strategically.

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UNEP Releases Atlas Documenting African Environmental Change [viewed]

African_atlas

10 June 2008: A new Atlas, comprised of photographs,

satellite imagery and narrative, illustrates changes to Africa's environment

over the past 36 years. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched Africa: Atlas of Our Changing Environment

in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 10 June 2008, at the twelfth Session of the

African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), which convened from

7-12 June 2008.

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UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner Becomes Polar Cub's Patron [viewed]

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29 May 2008: The UN Environment

Programme's (UNEP) Executive Director, Achim Steiner, has become the official

patron of Flocke, a polar bear cub in Germany's Nuremberg zoo. At the recent ninth Conference of Parties

to Convention on Biological Diversity, which convened in Bonn, Germany, Steiner

said, “I hope a global green economy can be implemented in [Flocke's] lifetime.  

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Maldives Prepares for Climate Change [viewed]

5 June 2008: As

part of the UN World Tourism Organization's (UNWTO) strategy to implement the

recommendations of the Davos Declaration, a project aiming to integrate the

Maldives' tourism into its climate change adaptation activities is underway.

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WTO's Lamy Says More International Trade Prevents Climate Change and Water Scarcity [viewed]

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3 June 2008: The World Trade

Organization's (WTO) Director-General, Pascal Lamy, addressed the High-Level

Conference on World Food Security, which met in Rome, Italy, from 3-5 June

2006, where he highlighted climate change's impacts on agriculture, including

the potentially greater scarcity of water, and called attention to the

water-saving potential of international trade, by preventing the unnecessary

growth of agriculture in countries without access to sufficient water resources.

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