UNEP and Daimler Call for Infrastructure for Electric and Fuel-cell Vehicles [viewed]

Magdeburg

4 July 2008: At the

fifth Magdeburg Environmental Forum held from 3-4 July 2008, in Magdeburg,

Germany, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and car manufacturer

Daimler called for the establishment of infrastructure for electric and

fuel-cell vehicles.

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G8: Summit Concludes with Agreement on Climate Change [viewed]

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8 July 2008: The Group

of Eight Industrialized Countries (G8) Hokkaido Toyako

Summit took place from 7-9 July 2008

in Japan. On 8 July, the G8 leaders agreed on a Document on Environment and

Climate Change. The leaders of the G8

agreed to share with parties to the UNFCCC the vision of a goal of achieving at

least 50% reduction of global emissions by 2050, recognizing that this global

challenge can only be met by the contributions from all major economies,

consistent with the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and

respective capabilities.

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MEM: Leaders Meeting of Major Economies on Energy Security and Climate Change Develops Declaration [viewed]

9 July 2008: The

Leaders Meeting of the Major Economies took place on 9 July 2008, in Hokkaido,

Japan, in conjunction with the G8 Summit. The leaders of Australia, Brazil,

Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy,

Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom,

and the United States issued a Declaration, which had been agreed during a

previous meeting held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 21-22 June 2008.

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CBD Executive Secretary Addresses ECOSOC High-Level Segment [viewed]

1 July 2008: In his

address to the Annual Ministerial Review of the High-level Segment of the 2008

Substantive Session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Ahmed

Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD),

stressed that the UN's priority challenges as identified by the UN

Secretary-General – natural disasters, climate change, the food crisis and the

surge in fuel prices – are deeply rooted in the unprecedented loss of

biodiversity.

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ILO Director-General Highlights Cooperatives' Role in Confronting Climate Change [viewed]

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5 July

2008: On the occasion of the fourteenth United Nations International Day of

Cooperatives, celebrated on 5 July 2008, Juan Somavia, Director-General of the

International Labour Organization (ILO), delivered a message on confronting

climate change through cooperative enterprise.

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Thirteenth World Water Congress to Convene in September 2008 [viewed]

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July 2008:

The thirteenth World Water Congress will take place in Montpellier, France, from 1-4

September 2008, and will be organized under the theme “Global Changes and Water

Resources: Confronting the Expanding and Diversifying Pressures.”

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UNFF Hosting Internet Forum on Forests and Climate Change [viewed]

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1 July 2008: During the

month of July 2008, the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat is hosting an

Internet forum on “Forests and Climate Change.” Input from this discussion will

feed into the discussion on this theme at the eighth session of the UNFF, which

will convene from 20 April-1 May 2009, in New York, US.

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UNESCO Launches Internet-Based Discussion Forum on Climate Change for Vulnerable Groups [viewed]

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June 2008: In an effort to

engage vulnerable groups in international debates on climate change, the UN

Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Coasts and Small Islands Platform and Local

and Indigenous Knowledge Systems Programme has launched an Internet-based

discussion forum on climate change.

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IMO: World Maritime Day for 2009 to Focus on Climate Change [viewed]

Imo

20 June 2008: During its one hundredth Session, which took

place in London, UK, from 16-20 June 2008, the International Maritime

Organization (IMO) agreed that the theme for the 2009 World

Maritime Day would be “Climate change: a challenge for IMO too!”

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UNESCO: Groundwater and Climate in Africa Addressed for the First Time [viewed]

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27 June 2008: The first-ever international meeting to

discuss the role of groundwater in improving livelihoods in Africa under

conditions of rapid development and climate change, and one of the first

conferences in the world to discuss the impacts of development and climate

variability and change on groundwater resources, has recently concluded.

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