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]

15

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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WMO Secretary-General Outlines Efforts to Counter Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss [viewed]

Speech by Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on The European Union and its Overseas Entities:<br /> Strategies to counter Climate Change and<br /> Biodiversity Loss 11 July 2008: In a speech delivered during the conference

The European

Union (EU) and its Overseas Entities: Strategies to Counter Climate Change and

Biodiversity Loss,” which was hosted on Reunion Island,

Mauritius, from 7-11 July 2008, under the auspices of the French Presidency of

the Council of the EU, Michel Jarraud,

Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), provided

an overview of the Organization's history and work in tackling climate change.

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IFPRI's Joachim von Braun Calls for Better Integration of Food Security and Climate Change Agendas [viewed]

Joachim von Braun director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute 11

July 2008: In a comment on the G8 leaders' statement on global food security,

Joachim von Braun, Director General of the International Food Policy Research

Institute (IFPRI), welcomed the proposed actions regarding global markets and

increasing food production, while criticizing the lack of actions on social

protection and nutrition for the poorest.

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IAEA Posts Documents and Agenda for 52nd General Conference Session [viewed]

Reports, Documents Being Readied for IAEA General Conference

15 July 2008: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has posted

background documents and reports, as well as the provisional agenda, for its 52nd

General Conference Session, which will take place from 29 September to 4

October 2008, in Vienna, Austria.

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