ADB Establishes a US$100 Million post-2012 Carbon Fund [viewed]

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8 July 2008: The Asian Development Bank

(ADB) has established a new fund to finance clean energy projects, in the

Asia-Pacific region, that generate carbon credits beyond 2012. “The new fund will provide an incentive

for the ADB's developing member countries to scale up energy efficiency and the

use of renewable energy sources that will contribute to both climate change

mitigation and enhanced energy security,” ADB Vice President Ursula

Schäfer-Preuss said.

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UN Secretary-General Urges G8 to Focus on Climate Change [viewed]

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July 2008: In a series of statements and articles over the past two weeks, UN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has emphasized the linkages between the food

crisis, climate change and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals

(MDGs).

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UN Agencies Call on G8 to Increase Investment in Agriculture to Address the Global Food Crisis [viewed]

UN urges G-8 to boost investment in agriculture to reduce global hunger

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July 2008: In a joint statement, the heads of the Food and Agriculture

Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural

Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) urged G8 leaders to

“strike a decisive blow in the fight against hunger and poverty” by reversing

the decline in agricultural investment, which has been one of the underlying

causes of the current world food crisis.”

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IFAD President Urges G8 to Increase Support to Smallholder Farmers [viewed]

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July 2008: In a contribution to a G8 special report published by the Financial

Times, Lennart Båge, President of the International Fund for Agricultural

Development (IFAD), said the G8 Summit being held from 7-9 July 2008, in Japan,

represents a “unique opportunity to start undoing the damage wrought by decades

of neglect of agriculture.”

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UNEP Report: Global Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment 2008 [viewed]

Global Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment 2008 1 July 2008: The

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched the Report Global

Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment 2008: Analysis of Trends and Issues in

the Financing of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. The Report notes

record breaking investment levels in the sustainable energy sector during 2007,

with over US$148 billion of new investment, an increase of 60% over 2006,

largely driven by wind power.

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CBD'S Djoghlaf Highlights Risks of Agricultural Biodiversity Loss [viewed]

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2 July 2008: On the occasion of the Fourth International

Conference on Sustainable Agriculture for Food, Energy and Industry, held from

2-5 July 2008, in Sapporo, Japan, the Convention on Biological Diversity's

(CBD) Executive Secretary, Ahmed Djoghlaf, highlighted that around 20% of

domestic animal breeds are at risk of extinction, with an average of one breed

lost each month.

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UNGA President Underscores Importance of Climate Change [viewed]

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8 July 2008: The UN General Assembly

(UNGA) met informally on 8 July 2008, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, to

consider the theme “Climate Change and the Most Vulnerable Countries - the

Imperative to Act.”

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UNICEF: J8 Representatives Present Proposals on Climate Change, Poverty and Development, and Global Health to G8 Leaders [viewed]

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July 2008: Nine young people representing the participants in the “Junior 8” (J8)

Summit, held in Chitose City, Hokkaido, Japan, from 2-9 July 2008, presented

their proposals for global development to the leaders of the Group of Eight Industrialized

Countries (G8), in an initiative led by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

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ITU and Microsoft to Collaborate on Achieving Development Goals [viewed]

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June 2008: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Microsoft held

discussions on extending the collaboration between the two organizations to

help achieve development goals, inter

alia, through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

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FAO World Food Day to Focus on Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy [viewed]

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July 2008: The theme of this year's World Food Day (WFD), to be held 16 October

2008 in Québec City, Canada, will be “World Food Security: the Challenges of

Climate Change and Bioenergy.” “Rarely has WFD assumed greater meaning than at

the present time, as rapidly rising food prices risk increasing the number of

hungry people,” said Sidaty Aidara, Chief of WFD events at the Food and

Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

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