Inter-African Parliamentary Conference to Focus on Climate Change, Food Security and Aid Effectiveness [viewed]

European Parliamentarians for Africa August 2008: The Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable

Development and Aid Effectiveness will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 26-28

August 2008, and will focus on climate change, food security and aid

effectiveness. The event will bring together African parliamentarians and

experts, as well as members of parliament from Europe and Japan.

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Guest Article #4: With the global house on fire, there is no time to lose at the UN Climate Change Talks in Accra [viewed]

International negotiators are presently preparing for the United Nations Climate Change Talks in Accra, Ghana, which will run from 21 to 27 August. The meeting is the third major UNFCCC gathering this year and is expected to draw over a thousand participants including government representatives, participants from business and industry, environmental organizations and research institutions.

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CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin Issue 4 Released [viewed]

The issue No. 4 of the CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin features an essay by Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), entitled, With the global house on fire, there is no time to lose at the UN Climate Change Talks in Accra. 22

August 2008: IISD Reporting Services is pleased to announce that the newest

issue of CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin is now available. To access the fourth issue

directly, click here. To read past issues and to sign up to receive the Bulletin, click here.

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UNFCCC Climate Change Talks Open in Accra [viewed]

His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor, President of Ghana, addresses delegates during the opening ceremony. 21 August 2008: Over 1600 participants are attending the UN

climate change negotiations that opened in Accra, Ghana, and that are scheduled

to conclude on 27 August 2008.

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IPCC Produces Introduction to the IPCC 2006 Guidelines [viewed]

IPCC 2006 Guidelines 21 August 2008: The IPCC National Greenhouse Gas Inventory

Programme (NGGIP) has produced a short introduction to the IPCC 2006

Guidelines, entitled “Primer.” This Primer is suitable for users of the 1996

guidelines who wish to understand the changes in the new 2006 Guidelines and to

start using them, and for those who are compiling inventories for the first time.

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CBD Calls for Views on Ways to Integrate Biodiversity Considerations in Climate-Change Related Activities [viewed]

21 August 2008: In accordance with COP Decision IX/16, the

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued a

notification to request Parties to submit views on ways to integrate

biodiversity considerations into climate-change related activities by 1 October

2008.

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CBD Caribbean Workshop on Capacity-Building for the Integration of Climate Change Announced [viewed]

Regional and Sub-Regional Capacity-Building Workshops on Implementing NBSAPs and Mainstreaming Biodiversity 20 August 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on

Biological Diversity (CBD) has announced that a regional workshop for countries

of the Caribbean region on capacity-building for national biodiversity

strategies and action plans, mainstreaming of biodiversity and the integration

of climate change will be held in Trinidad and Tobago, from 3-7 November 2008.

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CBD Outlines Climate-Related Activities in Quarterly Report [viewed]

18 August 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on

Biological Diversity (CBD) has published a joint-quarterly report on the

administration of the Convention, which contains a summary of key activities

implementing the decisions of the Conference of the Parties and other relevant

matters from 1 January-31 March and from 1 April-30 June 2008.

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UN to Assist in Establishment of Inter-Agency Climate Change Centre for Pacific Countries [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 19 August 2008: In a message delivered by Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, to the Pacific Islands Forum summit meeting, which is taking place until 21 August 2008 in Alofi, Niue, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the creation of an Inter-Agency Climate Change Centre for coordinated UN support to Pacific Island Countries and regional organizations, in partnership with the Government of Samoa.

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Toyota Joins UNEP's Climate Neutral Network [viewed]

Leading Automaker Toyota Motor Europe Joins UNEP's Climate Neutral Network 18 August 2008: Toyota Motor Europe has become the first car manufacturer to join the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Climate Neutral Network.

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