Adaptation

Ramsar Oceania Meeting Report Released [viewed]

May 2008: The report of the regional preparatory meeting of Oceania parties, which took place in Samoa on 10-11 April 2008, has been released. Workshop participants discussed the draft resolution on climate change prepared by the Ramsar Scientific and Technical Review Panel in advance of the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention (COP10), scheduled to take place from 28 October to 4 November 2008, in Changwon, Republic of Korea. In relation to the draft resolution on climate change, Australia called for a caucus of Pacific member States before COP10.

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‘Billion Tree Campaign' Blossoms to Seven Times its Size [viewed]

Btc13 May 2008: The UN's “Billion Tree Campaign,” a grassroots campaign to plant trees around the globe, recently announced it has raised its target from one billion to seven billion trees. The campaign was launched in 2006 by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) as a response to the threat of global warming and other sustainability challenges related to biodiversity loss and water supply.   Since its launch, the campaign has resulted in the planting of two billion trees, over half of which have been planted in African countries.

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UNFCCC Prepares for Bonn Meetings [viewed]

Unfccc15 May 2008: Preparations for the twenty-eighth sessions of the Subsidiary Bodies and other related meetings in Bonn in June are underway, with the UNFCCC Secretariat posting the annotated agenda for the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention, along with the agendas for the Subsidiary Body for Implementation, the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice , and the agenda for the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol.

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UN Secretary-General Urges Action to Address Climate Impacts on Agriculture and Land [viewed]

Ban_214 May 2008: In his opening address at the High-level Segment of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged governments and other actors to prepare agriculture systems to respond to the negative effects of climate change.

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WHO: World Health Assembly to Consider Resolution on Climate Change [viewed]

Who15 May 2008: The 61st session of the World Health Assembly, to take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 19-24 May 2008, will be invited to consider a resolution on climate change and health (EB122.R4), adopted by the Executive Board at its 122nd session.

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ISDR: Virtual Disaster Reduction Library II to be Released [viewed]

15 May 2008: On the occasion of the second International Disaster Reduction Conference, to be held in Davos, Switzerland, from 25-29 August 2008, the UN/ISDR Secretariat will release the 2008 Virtual Disaster Reduction Library II.

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Winners of UNEP Award Urge Action on Climate Change [viewed]

Winners22 April 2008: The 2008 Champions of the Earth awards were presented in Singaporein conjunction with the annual Business for the Environment Summit (B4E). The recipients of the award, according to Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), are linked by “a clear thread – climate change.”

UNEP Press release | Earth Winners | UNEP Champions of the Earth website | Achim Steiner's speech.

Photo: Winners of UNEP Champions of the Earth Awards 2008.

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World Food Security and the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy – Synthesis Document [viewed]

Fao_headquartersThis synthesis document (HLC/08/5), drafted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), was prepared for the High-level Conference on World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy, which will take place in Rome, Italy, from 3-5 June 2008. The synthesis document pulls together the response options identified by preparatory expert and stakeholder consultation meetings and consultations, as identified in a number of technical documents. The Synthesis Document.

Photo: Conference venue, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy.

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G8 Labor and Employment Ministers Address Employment and Social Challenges Related to Climate Change [viewed]

Ilo15 May 2008: Labor and Employment Ministers from the G8 countries and the EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities met in Niigata, Japan, from 11-13 May 2008, to discuss the theme “Seeking the Best Balance for a Resilient and Sustainable Society.” [Conclusions of the meeting] [ILO Director-General's speech]

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ILO Background Note on Global Challenges for Sustainable Development: Strategies for Green Jobs [viewed]

Ilo_directorgeneral_juan_somavia_ad15 May 2008: This International Labor Organization (ILO) background note was drafted in preparation for the G8 Labor and Employment Ministers Conference, which took place in Niigata, Japan, from 11-13 May 2008.

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