Ramsar Standing Committee Addresses Climate Change and Biofuels [viewed]

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.

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UNCCD Highlights Links between Land Degradation and Agriculture on World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought [viewed]


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.”

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WTO's Lamy Says More International Trade Prevents Climate Change and Water Scarcity [viewed]


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.

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OECD Ministerial Council and Forum Focus on the Economics of Climate Change [viewed]


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.

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UNESCO to Convene Forum on Gender Equality [viewed]



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.

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FAO High-Level Conference Identifies Measures to Ensure World Food Security [viewed]

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.

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CBD'S Ahmed Djoghlaf Underlines Link between Biodiversity Conservation, Climate Change and Food Security [viewed]



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

climate change.

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Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in the Water Sector [viewed]

June 2008: This workshop is

scheduled to take place on 1-2 July 2008 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and

will be organized under the auspices of the UN Economic Commission for Europe

Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and

International Lakes (Water Convention) and the Protocol on Water and Health to

the Water Convention. The event will address, inter alia: current

knowledge about adaptation and climate change; policy, legislative, institutional

and financial frameworks; forecasting, modelling and vulnerability, including

vulnerability of water-related sectors such as energy, agriculture and tourism;

and adaptation and coping measures.

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TICAD IV Agrees on a Blueprint for African Development [viewed]

Ticadiv_logo_230 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).

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FAO Report Addresses Forests and Energy [viewed]

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.

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