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July 2008: The July 2008 issue of the
Nairobi Work Programme eUpdate features stories on: the Nairobi Work
Programme's entry into its second phase; action pledges to carry out adaptation
work; calls for action; the adaptation practices interface, which at present
focuses on capacity building and practice; engagement with the private sector
on adaptation; and upcoming 2008 work programme activities and meetings.
2008: The UN University (UNU) has launched a new website on the challenges of
climate change, peak oil and the food crisis.
July 2008: The first environmentally-friendly hydro and solar power-generating
center has been inaugurated by the UN Industrial Development Organization
(UNIDO) in a rural community in Kenya.
July 2008: In a series of statements and articles over the past two weeks, UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has emphasized the linkages between the food
crisis, climate change and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals
UN Agencies Call on G8 to Increase Investment in Agriculture to Address the Global Food Crisis [viewed]
July 2008: In a joint statement, the heads of the Food and Agriculture
Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural
Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) urged G8 leaders to
“strike a decisive blow in the fight against hunger and poverty” by reversing
the decline in agricultural investment, which has been one of the underlying
causes of the current world food crisis.”
UNICEF: J8 Representatives Present Proposals on Climate Change, Poverty and Development, and Global Health to G8 Leaders [viewed]
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).
Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Pakistan Ministry of Environment and Japan Carbon Finance Ltd Sign CDM Memorandum of Understanding [viewed]
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.
ECOSOC High-level Segment Ministerial Declaration Addresses “Implementing the Internationally Agreed Goals and Commitments in Regard to Sustainable Development” [viewed]
3 July 2008: The High-level Segment of the UN Economic
and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Substantive Session has developed a Ministerial
Declaration entitled “Implementing the internationally agreed goals and
commitments in regard to sustainable development.” The four-day High-level
Segment (30 June-3 July) convened at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and
consisted of four elements: a high-level policy dialogue on the state of the
world economy and its implications for the achievement of the UN Development
Agenda (30 June); the first Development Cooperation Forum (30 June-1 July); the
second Annual Ministerial Review (2-3 July); and a thematic debate on
integrated approaches to rural development (3 July).