July 2008: Nine young people representing the participants in the “Junior 8” (J8)
Summit, held in Chitose City, Hokkaido, Japan, from 2-9 July 2008, presented
their proposals for global development to the leaders of the Group of Eight Industrialized
Countries (G8), in an initiative led by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).
June 2008: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Microsoft held
discussions on extending the collaboration between the two organizations to
help achieve development goals, inter
alia, through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs).
July 2008: The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) has signed a
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Pakistan's Ministry of Environment and
Japan Carbon Finance Limited (JCF) to promote the Clean Development Mechanism
(CDM) in Pakistan and to support Japanese entities in their acquisition of the
carbon credits generated by the CDM projects.
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.
4 July 2008: At the
fifth Magdeburg Environmental Forum held from 3-4 July 2008, in Magdeburg,
Germany, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and car manufacturer
Daimler called for the establishment of infrastructure for electric and
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.”
5 July 2008: The Workshop on Biodiversity and Climate Change took place from 29 June to 4 July 2008, in Kushiro, Japan. It was co-organized by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Kushiro International Wetland Centre, in partnership with the Japan-UNDP Partnership Fund and the Secretariats of the Ramsar Convention and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
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.
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.