ECOSOC Addresses UN System's Role in Providing a Coherent Climate Change Response [viewed]

Jean-Marc Hoscheit, Vice-President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Photo credit: IISD Reporting Services

21 July 2008:

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) continued the General Segment of

its Substantive Session with a panel discussion on “An inclusive and coherent approach to climate

change: The role of the UN system,” which was chaired by Jean-Marc Hoscheit (Luxembourg), Vice-President of

the Council. Noting the urgency of addressing the threat of climate change and

the need for system-wide action, he explained that the ECOSOC's discussion was

centered on how the UN is coordinating its response to

the post-Bali road map of negotiations.

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FAO's Harmonized World Soil Database to Facilitate Assessments of Soil's Carbon Storage and Sequestration Capacities [viewed]

New database for soil information

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July 2008: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has announced the

development of a new database on the world's soils. This database seeks to

improve knowledge of current and future land productivity, as well as the

carbon storage and carbon sequestration potential of the world's soils. Using

the database, the FAO has also produced a global Carbon Gap Map, which allows

for the identification of areas where soil carbon storage is greatest and the

physical potential for billions of tons of additional carbon to be sequestrated

in degraded soils.

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UN General Assembly Discusses Concerted Action to Tackle the Global Food and Energy Crises [viewed]

Srgjan Kerim, United Nations General Assembly President 18 July 2008: Addressing the UN General Assembly during its 112th plenary meeting, held on the global food and energy crisis, Srgjan Kerim, President of

the General Assembly, and UN Secretary-General Ban

Ki-moon urged coordinated action to tackle the three challenges of climate

change, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the food and oil crises.

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General Assembly President and Vietnamese Official Discuss Climate Change and Food Crisis [viewed]

18 July 2008: General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim has

briefed Viet Nam's Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem on the priority issues of

the Assembly's current session, addressing in particular climate change, and

the global food and energy crises.

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UK-Caribbean Ministerial Forum Pledges to Work Towards Agreement in Copenhagen [viewed]

17 July 2008: Ministers at the Sixth UK-Caribbean Forum, which took place in London, UK, from 14-16 July 2008, highlighted the threat posed by climate change to security and prosperity, and agreed to continue to raise awareness of the threats of climate change and to work towards a rapid transition to a low carbon economy.

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APP Launches Breakfast Briefings Series [viewed]

U.S. Government's Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate Website 17 July 2008: The Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (APP) held a breakfast briefing on 17 July 2008, in Washington DC, US. This briefing was the first of a series that will be held throughout the year to provide updates on the Partnership's activities.

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IAEA to Compare Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) with Nuclear Waste Storage [viewed]

Researching ways of securing radioactive waste. Experiments to find solutions to dispose of high-level radioactive waste are conducted at the Grimsel Underground Rock Laboratory in Switzerland (Photo: Comet)16 July 2008: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has embarked on a

multi-year study to conduct a comparative analysis of storage of nuclear waste

and storage of carbon dioxide (CO2).

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NATO Workshop to Address Weather/Climate Risk Management for the Energy Sector [viewed]

July 2008: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will hold an advanced research workshop on weather/climate risk management for the energy sector in Santa Maria di Leuca, Lecce, Italy, from 6-10 October 2008.

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ECOSOC Highlights Interlinkages between Food and Energy Crises [viewed]

Current Global Food Crisis Will Require Increasing Amounts of Humanitarian Assistance for Some Time to Come, Economic and Social Council Told 17 July 2008: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) concluded

its three-day Humanitarian Affairs Segment by convening a panel discussion on “Humanitarian

challenges related to global food aid, including enhancing international

efforts and cooperation in this field,” chaired by

Council Vice-President Park In-kook (Republic of Korea) and moderated by John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.

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UNEP Painting Competition Highlights Climate Change [viewed]

18th International Children's Painting Competition on the Environment 17 July 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP),

with the Foundation for Global Peace and Environment, launched its eighteenth International

Children's Painting Competition on 17 July 2008.

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