2 July 2008: On the occasion of the Fourth International
Conference on Sustainable Agriculture for Food, Energy and Industry, held from
2-5 July 2008, in Sapporo, Japan, the Convention on Biological Diversity's
(CBD) Executive Secretary, Ahmed Djoghlaf, highlighted that around 20% of
domestic animal breeds are at risk of extinction, with an average of one breed
lost each month.
July 2008: The theme of this year's World Food Day (WFD), to be held 16 October
2008 in Québec City, Canada, will be “World Food Security: the Challenges of
Climate Change and Bioenergy.” “Rarely has WFD assumed greater meaning than at
the present time, as rapidly rising food prices risk increasing the number of
hungry people,” said Sidaty Aidara, Chief of WFD events at the Food and
Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).
8 July 2008: The Group
of Eight Industrialized Countries (G8) Hokkaido Toyako
Summit took place from 7-9 July 2008
in Japan. On 8 July, the G8 leaders agreed on a Document on Environment and
Climate Change. The leaders of the G8
agreed to share with parties to the UNFCCC the vision of a goal of achieving at
least 50% reduction of global emissions by 2050, recognizing that this global
challenge can only be met by the contributions from all major economies,
consistent with the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and
6 June 2008: The Ramsar Standing Committee held its 37th meeting from 2-6 June 2008, in Gland,
Switzerland. The Committee was charged with making the final preparations for
the documents to be considered at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the
Parties (COP10), which will take place in Changwon, Republic of Korea, from 28 October to 4 November 2008. During the meeting, the Committee approved
for transmittal to the COP a draft Resolution (DR) on climate change and
wetlands, and one on wetlands and biofuels.
17 June 2008: The UN
Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) selected “Combating land
degradation for sustainable agriculture” as the theme for 2008 World Day to
Combat Desertification and Drought, celebrated on 17 June. On the occasion,
UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja highlighted that the conversion of land
to “unsustainable uses can exacerbate the vicious circle of land degradation,
loss of biodiversity and climate change.”
3 June 2008: The World Trade
Organization's (WTO) Director-General, Pascal Lamy, addressed the High-Level
Conference on World Food Security, which met in Rome, Italy, from 3-5 June
2006, where he highlighted climate change's impacts on agriculture, including
the potentially greater scarcity of water, and called attention to the
water-saving potential of international trade, by preventing the unnecessary
growth of agriculture in countries without access to sufficient water resources.
5 June 20
08: The Organisation for
Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Forum 2008 and the annual
OECD Council at ministerial level considered ‘Climate Change, Growth and
Stability' and ‘Outreach, reform and the economics of climate change,'
respectively, during their meetings in Paris, France, from 3-5 June 2008.
2008: Women are both the most exposed
to the consequences of climate change, and the best placed to influence changes
in behaviour, according to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO). According to
UNESCO, this situation exists because women are most affected by natural
disasters while at the same time they play a key role in managing water and
fuel resources, thus wielding an essential influence for change.
5 June 2008: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) High-Level
Conference on World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and
Bioenergy, which convened in Rome, Italy, from 3-5 June 2008, adopted a
Declaration, outlining immediate as well as medium- and long-term measures to
ensure food security.
June 2008: In a message to the High-Level Conference on World Food Security
(3-5 June 2008, Rome, Italy), Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the
Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), underlined the current loss of
agricultural and livestock biodiversity, which he said is further increased by