Governance

IFAD to discuss climate and agriculture with Saudi officials [viewed]

Ifad_pinkSpeaking prior to a meeting with key government officials in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, IFAD Assistant President Matthew Wyatt said the “urgent new challenges such as climate change, a precarious global food supply and rising commodity prices,” make our long and successful partnership more crucial than ever.

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The Joint Liaison Group of the three Rio Conventions releases brochure on climate change, biodiversity and land degradation [viewed]

Cbd_logo The Joint Liaison Group of the three Rio Conventions (the Convention on Biological Diversity, Convention on Climate Change, and Convention to Combat Desertification) has issued an information brochure on the important contribution of forests to the achievement of their respective goals and objectives.

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UNIDO Director-General says UN-Energy will drive renewable energy and energy efficiency in Africa [viewed]

UnidoIn his address to the tenth African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, UNIDO Director-General Kandeh K Yumkella said that “priority must be given to all forms of renewable energy for productive use and to ensuring a high degree of energy efficiency in industrial production.”

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UN Secretary-General says UN system will deliver climate mandates in support of Africa [viewed]

Un_secretarygeneral_ban_kimoon_2 In his address to the tenth African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said “our best efforts in peace, development and human rights will be undermined if we do not effectively address the threats posed by climate change.”

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UNESCO to Launch International Year of Planet Earth [viewed]

Logostart_2 Koïchiro Matsuura, UNESCO's Director-General, will officially launch the International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE) during ceremonies on 12-13 February 2008 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France.

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CBD Executive Secretary outlines cooperation on climate change with Ramsar [viewed]

 

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In a statement on World Wetlands Day, the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Ahmed Djoghlaf, highlighted that the CBD Secretariat is cooperating with the Ramsar Secretariat for the CBD COP-9 review of opportunities for further action to support the conservation and sustainable use of the biodiversity of wetlands in relation to climate change.

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UN Secretary-General releases report on the UN's Climate Change Activities [viewed]

Climateusg_3The UN Secretary-General's report entitled ‘Overview of United Nations activities in relation to climate change (A/62/644)' has been released in advance of the General Assembly's High Level Thematic debate on climate change, to be held in February 2008.

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IISD to cover the tenth special session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (Monaco, 20-22 February 2008) [viewed]

Logo_enbtn4_2IISD Reporting Services' flagship publication, Earth Negotiations Bulletin, will be published daily from the tenth special session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum, which will convene in Monaco from 20-22 February 2008.

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Special Edition of Nature on the International Year of Planet Earth [viewed]

Cover_2A January supplement to Nature Journal celebrates the International Year of Planet Earth and explores recent developments and future directions in the Earth sciences.

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UNECA to Establish Climate Change Center for Africa [viewed]

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Speaking at the 12th Executive Council meeting of the African Union, UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Executive Secretary Abdulahi Janneh disclosed plans establish an African center for climate policy studies to deal with the problem of climate change facing the continent.

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