UN-Spider Pacific Regional Workshop on Disaster Management and Emergency Response [viewed]

July

2008: The UN Office for Outer

Space Affairs is organizing a workshop on the theme ‘Building Upon Regional Space-based

Solutions for Disaster Management and Emergency Response for the Pacific

Region' to be held in Suva, Fiji, from 16-19 September 2008.

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Upcoming Session of UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management to Address Energy Efficiency [viewed]

69th UNECE Session of the Committee on Housing and Land Management 16 July 2008: The 69th UN Economic Commission for Europe's (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management is scheduled to take place from 22-23 September in Geneva, Switzerland.

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WBCSD and IUCN Report Highlights Agriculture's Dilemma between Food Security, Conservation and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

Understanding agriculture's dilemma between food security and conservation – new publication

July

2008: The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and IUCN

have published a report entitled “Agricultural Ecosystems, Facts and Trends.”

The Report presents facts and figures on trends in agricultural production and

consumption to help governments, farmers, consumers and industry better

understand the challenges facing the sustainable management of agricultural

ecosystems, such as meeting demands from a fast-growing world population,

adapting to climate change impacts, and managing the natural resources of an

increasingly depleted planet.

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FAO Provides Data on Crop Prospects, the Food Situation and Countries in Crisis Needing External Assistance [viewed]

Crop Prospects and Food Situation July 2008: Through its Global Information and Early Warning System on Food and Agriculture (GIEWS), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) provides regularly updated information on

the current situation of global agriculture and food security.

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Guest Article #2: The United Nations System and Climate Change [viewed]

Climate change is a challenge that threatens human wellbeing and sustainable development worldwide, with particularly severe risks for the most poor and vulnerable countries and groups of society. This is now virtually uncontested, as uncontested as the need for urgent and concerted action to confront this challenge. The need to act has indeed acquired a new dimension and urgency following the publication of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). While some differences of opinion remain as to how to go about it, there is an ongoing process, under the UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol, that we all support and which is expected to lead to a major agreement by the end of 2009.

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UPU and PostEurop Agree to Jointly Manage their Carbon Footprint [viewed]

UPU and PostEurop Agree to Jointly Manage their Carbon Footprint. Photo Credit, UPU

24 July 2008: PostEurop, a

Restricted Union representing 48 European public postal operators, has agreed

to form a joint technical committee with the Universal Postal Union's (UPU)

Sustainable Development Project Group, which will establish measures to reduce the

sector's carbon dioxide emissions.

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ECOSOC Concludes General Segment [viewed]

Consensus Reached on 2007 Ministerial Declaration Resolution 24 July 2008: The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) concluded the

work of its general segment, adopting 15 resolutions and 8 decisions, including

on strengthening the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance.

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CBD Notification: Review of the Work Programme on Mountain Biodiversity [viewed]

Review of implementation of the CBD programme of work on mountain biological diversity 23 July 2008: In a 23 July 2008 Notification, the

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is inviting parties

and relevant organizations to provide information on the status and trends of,

and threats to, mountain biological diversity, and progress made in the

implementation of the Programme of Work on Mountain Biological Diversity for

consideration by the fourteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific,

Technical and Technological Advice, tentatively scheduled to be held in

May/June 2010 in Bonn, Germany.

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ECOSOC Addresses Gender Aspects of Climate Change [viewed]

23 July

2008: Opening the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) discussion on ‘mainstreaming

a gender perspective into all UN policies and programmes, women and

development, and the advancement of women,' Rachel Mayanja, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on

Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, noted the particular vulnerability of

women to climate change and the food crisis.

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World Bank's Effectiveness in the Environment Evaluated [viewed]

World Bank's Effectiveness in the Environment Evaluated 22 July 2008: The Independent Evaluation Group, an

independent unit within the World Bank that reports directly to the Bank's

Board of Executive Directors, has released its report evaluating

the effectiveness of World Bank Group (WBG) support to the environment from

1990 to 2007.

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