Mitigation

IAEA Director General Calls for a Global Energy Agency [viewed]

IAEA Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei Calls for a Global Energy Agency. Photo credit, IAEA 23 July 2008: In an editorial published in the Financial Times, Mohamed ElBaradei, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), calls for the creation of an international organization on energy. In the article, which he indicates represents his personal views, ElBaradei describes the current energy crisis, stressing the need for environmentally friendly alternatives to fossil fuels and coordinated action on energy and

related issues, including climate change.

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General Assembly President Urges Principled Stand on Securing a 2009 Climate Agreement [viewed]

General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim 21 July 2008: In a letter to member States, UN General

Assembly President Srgjan Kerim expressed his hope that the Assembly would

adopt a resolution taking a principled stand, demonstrating its relevance, and

sending a strong political message in support of agreeing on a comprehensive

global framework in 2009.

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UNEP Announces Climate Neutral Partnership with Norwegian Rock and Jazz Festivals [viewed]

Climate Neutral Network (CN Net) 21 July 2008:

The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Climate Neutral Network (CN Net)

announced that two Norwegian music festivals have joined the international

fight against climate change. The two festivals are the first music events to

sign on to CNNet, which aims to federate solutions and actions to realize a

low, even zero pollution, world.

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General Assembly President Distributes Informal Summary of Thematic Debate on ‘Climate Change and the Most Vulnerable Countries- the Imperative to Act' [viewed]

Pga 21 July 2008: UN General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim has

circulated to member States the President's informal summary of the General

Assembly's thematic debate, held on 8 July 2008, on the theme ‘Climate Change

and the Most Vulnerable Countries- the Imperative to Act.'

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UNCCD Selects Consortium to Jointly Organize 2009 CST Scientific Conference [viewed]

Selected Consortium following the Call for Expression of Interest 22 July 2008: The Bureau of the Committee on Science

and Technology (CST) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has

selected the ‘Drylands Science for Development' consortium as its partner to

jointly organize a scientific conference for the CST's 2009 session.

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World Bank: Countries Chosen as Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Members [viewed]

First Countries Named to Benefit from Forest Carbon Partnership Facility 21 July 2008: Fourteen

developing countries - Bolivia, Costa Rica, the Democratic Republic of Congo,

Gabon, Ghana, Guyana, Kenya, Lao PDR, Liberia, Madagascar Mexico, Nepal,

Panama, and Vietnam - will be beneficiaries of funding from the Forest Carbon

Partnership Facility (FCPF), launched at the Bali climate negotiations. The

FCPF partners donor countries, the World Bank, and developing countries in an

effort to build capacity for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest

degradation.

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Experts Gather to Prevent Destruction of Wetlands and Consequent GHG Releases [viewed]

21 July 2008: Over 700

experts from 28 nations are gathering at the eighth INTECOL International

Wetlands Conference, which is taking place from 20-25 July 2008, in Cuiaba,

Brazil, to agree on measures to better manage and slow the decline of wetlands

that are among the planet's most threatened ecosystems.

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IPCC Technical Paper on Climate Change and Water [viewed]

June

2008: This Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Technical Paper is the sixth paper in the IPCC Technical Paper series and was

produced in response to a proposal by the Secretariat of the World Climate

Programme – Water and the International Steering Committee of the Dialogue on

Water and Climate at the 19th Plenary Session of the IPCC, which took place in

Geneva, Switzerland in April 2002.

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ECOSOC Addresses UN System's Role in Providing a Coherent Climate Change Response [viewed]

Jean-Marc Hoscheit, Vice-President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Photo credit: IISD Reporting Services

21 July 2008:

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) continued the General Segment of

its Substantive Session with a panel discussion on “An inclusive and coherent approach to climate

change: The role of the UN system,” which was chaired by Jean-Marc Hoscheit (Luxembourg), Vice-President of

the Council. Noting the urgency of addressing the threat of climate change and

the need for system-wide action, he explained that the ECOSOC's discussion was

centered on how the UN is coordinating its response to

the post-Bali road map of negotiations.

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FAO's Harmonized World Soil Database to Facilitate Assessments of Soil's Carbon Storage and Sequestration Capacities [viewed]

New database for soil information

21

July 2008: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has announced the

development of a new database on the world's soils. This database seeks to

improve knowledge of current and future land productivity, as well as the

carbon storage and carbon sequestration potential of the world's soils. Using

the database, the FAO has also produced a global Carbon Gap Map, which allows

for the identification of areas where soil carbon storage is greatest and the

physical potential for billions of tons of additional carbon to be sequestrated

in degraded soils.

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