Coastal Cities Summit: Values and Vulnerabilities [viewed]

Coastal Cities Summit 2008 July 2008: The Coastal Cities Summit, which will take

place from 17-20 November 2008, in Saint Petersburg, Florida, US, is organized

by the International Ocean Institute.

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ECOSOC Addresses the Humanitarian Consequences of Climate-Induced Disasters [viewed]

16 July 2008: The UN Economic and Social Council

(ECOSOC) continued its three-day Humanitarian Affairs Segment with a panel discussion

on “Disaster risk reduction and preparedness: addressing the humanitarian

consequences of natural disasters, including the impact of climate change.” The

discussion was chaired by Council Vice-President Park In-kook (Republic of

Korea) and moderated by Catherine Bragg, Assistant Secretary-General for

Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator. Park said the

current session would contribute to the debates of various fora that are

addressing disaster preparedness and risk reduction and the impacts of climate

change. In order to respond to the increased humanitarian needs caused by

climate change, Bragg called for adaptation mechanisms that draw

on existing risk-reduction measures and increased synergies between the climate

change and humanitarian agendas.

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WHO: UN Health Action in Crises – Treating Climate Change, Food Crisis and Other Global Health Challenges [viewed]

Eric Laroche, Assistant Director-General for Health Action in Crisis for WHO. Photo Credit, UN 16

July 2008: Eric Laroche, the Assistant Director-General of the World Health

Organization (WHO), was the Special Guest for the Daily Noon Briefing at UN

Headquarters in NY, on 16 July 2008. Laroche spoke on the theme “UN Health

Action in Crises – Treating Climate Change, Food Crisis and Other Global Health

Challenges.”

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ICAO President Calls on GIACC to Set Fuel Efficiency Goals [viewed]

Opening address by the President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Mr. Roberto Kobeh González. Photo credit, ICAO

14 July

2008: In his inaugural  speech to the second meeting of the

International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Group on International

Aviation and Climate Change (GIACC), Roberto Kobeh González, President of the

ICAO Council, noted the work carried out by the Organization and the UNFCCC

Secretariat in coordinating their work plans, and highlighted the importance

for the Group to agree on aspirational goals on fuel efficiency.

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FAO: Next Global Forest Resources Assessment to Include Global Remote Sensing Survey of Forests [viewed]

Spotlight on forest monitoring. Photo credit, UN

16 July 2008: The

Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has announced that the 2010

Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA 2010) will include a remote sensing

survey, which will document trends in the rate of deforestation, afforestation

and natural forest expansion over the last three decades; provide easy access

to remote sensing imagery; create a methodology and framework for monitoring of

forest change; and enhance countries' capacities to monitor, assess and report

on changes in forest cover.

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Forty-first Meeting of the CDM Executive Board to Convene in Bonn, Germany [viewed]

Forty-first Meeting of the CDM Executive Board 16

July 2008: The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) will

hold its forty-first meeting from 30 July to 2 August 2008, at the UN Campus in

Bonn, Germany.

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UN Secretary-General Commends Germany's Leader for Efforts in Addressing Climate Change and the Food Crisis [viewed]

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ICAO Workshop on Aviation and Carbon Markets Documents Now Available [viewed]

ICAO Workshop on Aviation and Carbon Markets 16

July 2008: The documentation from the workshop on aviation and carbon markets,

organized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on 18-19 June

2008, at ICAO Headquarters, Montreal, Canada, have been released.

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ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment Highlights Synergies between Climate Change and Humanitarian Communities [viewed]

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July 2008: The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Humanitarian Affairs

Segment opened on 15 July 2008, and organized its discussions around the theme

“Building capabilities and capacities at all levels for timely humanitarian

assistance, including disaster risk reduction.” Council Vice-President and Segment President Park

In-Kook (Republic of Korea) opened discussions by noting that this year's

Segment provided the international humanitarian community with an opportunity

to reflect on how to respond to the food crisis and the humanitarian

implications of disasters.

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UNDESA: Solar Energy Viable Option for Timor-Leste [viewed]

Solar energy viable option for Timor-Leste, says UN. Photo credit, UN 15 July

2008: A UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) three-year pilot

project aimed to help rural communities harness the potential of solar energy

recently concluded in Timor-Leste.

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