Adaptation

WMO Confers Awards and Prizes [viewed]

The President of WMO, Mme Guiard-Gerbier, Drs Yeshanew and Jury, the winners of the 2008 Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award (front row, left to right), with the Permanent Representative of France with WMO, the Secretary-General, the Ambassador of Ethiopia, and the Assistant Secretary-General (back row). Credit: WMO

26 June 2008: During its sixtieth Session, which took

place from 18-27 June 2008, the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO)

Executive Council conferred the fifty-third IMO Prize, the Organization's most

prestigious award, to Qin Dahe (China) for his scientific research and for

promoting international cooperation in meteorology.

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ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment to Open on 15 July 2008 [viewed]

14 July 2008: The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Humanitarian Affairs Segment

will open on 15 July 2008, and will be organized around the theme “Building

capabilities and capacities at all levels for timely humanitarian assistance,

including disaster risk reduction.”

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ECOSOC Debates Implementation of the MDGs in the Context of Climate Change [viewed]

11 July 2008: Speaking during a Panel discussion on

“Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the context of

current challenges,” Kemal Dervis, Administrator of the UN Development

Programme (UNDP), noted that economic growth is threatened by shortages of

natural resources such as energy, water and atmosphere, and stressed that MDG 7

on environmental sustainability is an absolute key priority.

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UNFCCC Launches Fellowship Programme [viewed]

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July 2008: The UN Climate Change Secretariat has announced the launch of its

fellowship programme, which aims to contribute to building capacity for

addressing climate change in parties not included in Annex I to the Convention,

in particular parties that are small

island developing States or Least Developed Countries.

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FAO Scientific Symposium: Climate Change Will Have Strong Impact on Fisheries [viewed]

Fishing communities in the developing world are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Photo credit: FAO 10 July 2008: The International Symposium on Coping with Global Change in

Marine Social-Ecological Systems took place from 8-11 July 2008, in Rome, Italy. The Symposium,

organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Global

Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics and the European Network of Excellence for Oceans Ecosystem

Analysis, brought together over 200 experts and policymakers from around

the globe to share experiences

and identify key next steps to promote resilience of marine social-ecological systems.

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Exhibit on Amazon Forest and Climate Change Opens at UN Headquarters [viewed]

10 July 2008: In the North-East Gallery of the UN Visitors'

Lobby, an exhibit entitled “The Amazon Forest & Climate Change” opened on

10 July 2008, and will be on display until 6 August 2008.

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UNU: Senegal's President Discusses Climate Change at Fifteenth U Thant Lecture [viewed]

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UNFCCC Adaptation Subprogramme Releases eUpdate on the Nairobi Work Programme [viewed]

Nairobi Work Programme Moves from First to Second Phase

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July 2008: The July 2008 issue of the

Nairobi Work Programme eUpdate features stories on: the Nairobi Work

Programme's entry into its second phase; action pledges to carry out adaptation

work; calls for action; the adaptation practices interface, which at present

focuses on capacity building and practice; engagement with the private sector

on adaptation; and upcoming 2008 work programme activities and meetings.

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UN Secretary-General Urges G8 to Focus on Climate Change [viewed]

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July 2008: In a series of statements and articles over the past two weeks, UN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has emphasized the linkages between the food

crisis, climate change and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals

(MDGs).

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UN Agencies Call on G8 to Increase Investment in Agriculture to Address the Global Food Crisis [viewed]

UN urges G-8 to boost investment in agriculture to reduce global hunger

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July 2008: In a joint statement, the heads of the Food and Agriculture

Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural

Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) urged G8 leaders to

“strike a decisive blow in the fight against hunger and poverty” by reversing

the decline in agricultural investment, which has been one of the underlying

causes of the current world food crisis.”

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