17 June 2008: The Congo Basin
Forest Fund, a multi-donor facility established to take action to protect the
forests in the Congo Basin region, was launched in London, UK. The Fund will be
used over a ten-year period, up to 2018, to finance the
Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC) Action-Plan in ten different
strategic areas aimed at conserving the Congo Basin rainforest.
The thirteenth World Water Congress will take place in Montpellier, France, from 1-4
September 2008, and will be organized under the theme “Global Changes and Water
Resources: Confronting the Expanding and Diversifying Pressures.”
2008: Four parallel meetings took place between 2-13 June 2008, in Bonn,
Germany, under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Kyoto
Protocol. The second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term
Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA), which was launched in Bali,
started its substantive work in Bonn, while the resumed fifth session of the Ad
Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the
Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) began the process of listing issues for further
negotiation, particularly on the Kyoto Protocol's market-based mechanisms and
on carbon sinks.
June 2008: Speaking on the sidelines of the meeting of finance ministers for
the Group of Eight (G8), held in Osaka, Japan, World
Bank President Robert B.
Zoellick presented two new climate investment funds built to support the
UNFCCC's efforts to address the effects of, and mitigate, climate change.
June 2008: Speaking at the twenty-fifth African Regional Conference,
Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Jacques
Diouf, underlined the challenges of climate change and the recent rise in food
prices for African agriculture.
17 June 2008: On the occasion of 2008 World Day to Combat
Desertification and Drought, celebrated on 17 June, the Global Mechanism (GM)
of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) emphasized that “the
current strategy and policy debates around climate resilience, sustainable
agriculture and food security point to the conclusion that none of these global
challenges and threats to human well-being should be tackled in isolation, but
as part and
parcel of development programming at country level, supported
international policy making processes.”
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.
By 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.
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.
14 June 2008: G8 Finance Ministers, meeting in preparation for the Summit of the G8 Heads of State and Government in Hokkaido-Toyako, met from 13-14 June 2008, in Osaka, Japan, and agreed to the “G8 Action Plan for Climate Change to Enhance the Engagement of Private and Public Financial Institutions.” In their final statement, Ministers supported the launch of new Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) by the World Bank, which will complement existing bilateral and multilateral efforts, until a post-2012 framework under the UNFCCC is implemented.