By Richard Sherman and Peter Doran, IISDRS
While the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
(UNFCCC) process is the official ‘home' for climate policy
negotiations, the road to Copenhagen will increasingly witness the
acceleration of initiatives across the United Nations system and the
intergovernmental sphere. System-wide initiatives on climate change
reflect a commitment across the UN family to support the UN
Secretary-General's commitment to play a leadership role in supporting
the international community's current efforts to address climate
change, using the Bali Action Plan and Roadmap, and to ensure that all
parts of the UN contribute to a solution.
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.
June 2008: Speaking at the UN Association-UK in London, United Kingdom, UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gave a speech entitled “Securing the Common Good:
The United Nations and the Expanding Global Agenda.”
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.
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.
May 2008: This Organisation for
Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) publication, edited by Shardul
Agrawala and Samuel Fankhauser, provides a critical assessment of adaptation
costs and benefits in key climate sensitive sectors, as well as at national and
June 2008: The latest IPCC Technical Paper on Climate Change
and Water will be presented at World Water Week, scheduled to take place from
17-23 August 2008, in Stockholm, Sweden.
13 June 2008: The Economic Commission for Latin America
and the Caribbean (ECLAC) held its thirty-second session from 9-13 June 2008,
in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Among the thirteen approved resolutions
were a number of elements related to climate change.
6 June 2008: The Ramsar Standing Committee held its 37th meeting from 2-6 June 2008, in Gland,
Switzerland. The Committee was charged with making the final preparations for
the documents to be considered at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the
Parties (COP10), which will take place in Changwon, Republic of Korea, from 28 October to 4 November 2008. During the meeting, the Committee approved
for transmittal to the COP a draft Resolution (DR) on climate change and
wetlands, and one on wetlands and biofuels.
17 June 2008: The UN
Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) selected “Combating land
degradation for sustainable agriculture” as the theme for 2008 World Day to
Combat Desertification and Drought, celebrated on 17 June. On the occasion,
UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja highlighted that the conversion of land
to “unsustainable uses can exacerbate the vicious circle of land degradation,
loss of biodiversity and climate change.”