29 May 2008: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Japan announced, at the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV), a US$ 92.1 million programme for climate change adaptation in Africa. The UNDP/Japan adaptation programme is expected to be operational in August 2008.
30 May 2008: Representatives from 51 African countries, including 40 Heads of State and Government, joined Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda from 28-30 May 2008, in Yokohama, Japan, to develop a framework for African growth at the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV).
4 June 2008: Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann (Nicaragua) was elected on
4 June 2008 to serve as President of the 63rd Session of the UN General
Assembly (UNGA), which will begin on 16 September 2008.
5 June 2008: Deputy Executive Secretary Grégoire de Kalbermatten
addressed the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) High-Level Conference on
Food Security on 5 June 2008, and emphasized actions to enhance carbon
sequestration in soil. He suggested that the climate change negotiations should
give increased attention to land and soil, including by expanding the Clean
Development Mechanism's (CDM) coverage of agricultural land use, particularly
projects focusing on carbon sequestration in soil.
6 June 2008: The World Bank's Carbon Fund is facilitating a
US$8.37 million project in southern Nicaragua that plans to turn 600 hectares
of privately-owned former cattle ranches into new-growth teak forests. The Nicaragua Precious Woods Project began in August 2006,
and intends to absorb nearly 300,000 tons of carbon emissions by the year 2017
while conserving approximately 350 hectares of secondary forest and mature
5 June 2008: Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General of the UN
Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), emphasized low-emissions economic
development as an element of the solution to climate change in his statement to
commemorate World Environment Day on 5 June.
4 June 2008: At the UN Food and Agriculture Organization
(FAO) High-Level Conference on World Food Security, held in Rome Italy, from
3-5 June 2008, FAO, the World Food Programme (WFP), the International Fund for
Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in
Africa (AGRA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to boost food
production in Africa's breadbasket regions – regions with relatively good
rainfall, soils, infrastructure and markets – and to support smallholder
4 June 2008: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization has
released a report on the use of wood biomass as a source of energy. Following
an overview of projections for global energy supply and demand to 2030, the
report discusses wood energy efficiency and competitiveness, highlighting the
use of by-products of the wood processing industry. It also makes
recommendations on issues to address in planning policies and programmes that
support bioenergy development.
3 June 2008: Noting that food choices and nutrition are
highly sensitive to food prices, World Health Organization (WHO)
Director-General Margaret Chan sent a message to the FAO High-Level Conference
on World Food Security, which convened in Rome, Italy from 3-5 June 2008,
highlighting that “the food crisis is a direct threat to much hard-won progress
in health development.”
30 May 2008: This UN Food and Agriculture Organization study
examines the impact of biofuel production on the human rights to adequate food
and to be free from hunger. It was authored by Asbjørn Eide, senior fellow of the
Norwegian Center for Human Rights at the University of Oslo, and seeks to
contribute to the present discussion on soaring food prices, climate change and