ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment to Open on 15 July 2008 [viewed]

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

will open on 15 July 2008, and will be organized around the theme “Building

capabilities and capacities at all levels for timely humanitarian assistance,

including disaster risk reduction.”

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ICAO Group on International Aviation and Climate Change to Convene from 14-16 July [viewed]

The 36th Session of the Assembly requested the ICAO Council to form the Group on International Aviation and Climate Change (GIACC)

14 July 2008: The second meeting of the Group on

International Aviation and Climate Change will meet at the International Civil

Aviation Organization (ICAO) headquarters, in Montréal, Canada, from 14-16 July

2008.

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ECOSOC Debates Implementation of the MDGs in the Context of Climate Change [viewed]

11 July 2008: Speaking during a Panel discussion on

“Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the context of

current challenges,” Kemal Dervis, Administrator of the UN Development

Programme (UNDP), noted that economic growth is threatened by shortages of

natural resources such as energy, water and atmosphere, and stressed that MDG 7

on environmental sustainability is an absolute key priority.

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World's Ports Adopt Climate Declaration [viewed]

Ports join hands to combat climate change and improve air quality

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July 2008: The World Ports Climate

Conference took place from 9-11 July 2008 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and was

organized around the theme “World

Ports for a Better Climate.” The conference brought together participants representing over 50 ports from 35

countries and concluded with the adoption of the World Port Climate

Declaration, in which they committed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

and improve air quality.

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UNFCCC Launches Fellowship Programme [viewed]

Unfccc

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July 2008: The UN Climate Change Secretariat has announced the launch of its

fellowship programme, which aims to contribute to building capacity for

addressing climate change in parties not included in Annex I to the Convention,

in particular parties that are small

island developing States or Least Developed Countries.

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FAO Scientific Symposium: Climate Change Will Have Strong Impact on Fisheries [viewed]

Fishing communities in the developing world are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Photo credit: FAO 10 July 2008: The International Symposium on Coping with Global Change in

Marine Social-Ecological Systems took place from 8-11 July 2008, in Rome, Italy. The Symposium,

organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Global

Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics and the European Network of Excellence for Oceans Ecosystem

Analysis, brought together over 200 experts and policymakers from around

the globe to share experiences

and identify key next steps to promote resilience of marine social-ecological systems.

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Exhibit on Amazon Forest and Climate Change Opens at UN Headquarters [viewed]

10 July 2008: In the North-East Gallery of the UN Visitors'

Lobby, an exhibit entitled “The Amazon Forest & Climate Change” opened on

10 July 2008, and will be on display until 6 August 2008.

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UNU: Senegal's President Discusses Climate Change at Fifteenth U Thant Lecture [viewed]

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UNFCCC Adaptation Subprogramme Releases eUpdate on the Nairobi Work Programme [viewed]

Nairobi Work Programme Moves from First to Second Phase

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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.

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UNU Launches New Website on Climate, Oil and Food [viewed]

United Nations University

July

2008: The UN University (UNU) has launched a new website on the challenges of

climate change, peak oil and the food crisis.

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