Guest Article #1: On the Way to Copenhagen [viewed]

It is a particular pleasure to have this opportunity to share some of my thoughts through the inaugural edition of this bulletin – which I hope will become a vibrant medium of communication and exchange in the period ahead – as we each do our part to keep the promise we made in Bali and to realize success in Poznań and then Copenhagen.

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G8 Finance Ministers Support Climate Investment Funds [viewed]

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14 June 2008: G8 Finance Ministers, meeting  in preparation for the Summit of the G8 Heads of State and Government in  Hokkaido-Toyako, met from 13-14 June 2008, in Osaka, Japan, and agreed to the “G8  Action Plan for Climate Change to Enhance the Engagement of Private and Public  Financial Institutions.” In their final statement, Ministers supported the  launch of new Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) by the World Bank, which will complement existing bilateral and multilateral efforts, until a post-2012 framework under the UNFCCC is implemented.

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European Project on Ocean Acidification Launched [viewed]

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10 June 2008: The

European Project on Ocean Acidification (EPOCA) was launched on 10 June 2008.

This EU research project is a consortium of over 100 scientists from 27

organizations in nine countries to address ocean acidification. Its goal is to

document ocean acidification, investigate its impact on biological processes,

predict its consequences for the next 100 years, and advise policy-makers on

potential thresholds or tipping points that should not be exceeded.

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Secretary-General Highlights Climate Change as Key Threat [viewed]

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June 2008: Speaking at the UN Association-UK in London, United Kingdom, UN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gave a speech entitled “Securing the Common Good:

The United Nations and the Expanding Global Agenda.”

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IFAD Calls for Sustainable Agriculture to Stop Desertification [viewed]

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June 2008: In a message on the occasion of UN World Day to Combat

Desertification, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

highlighted the role of poor farmers and herders in stopping or reversing land

degradation in areas affected by desertification.

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World Food Programme (WFP) Adopts New Strategic Plan to Address Food Crisis [viewed]

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June 2008: The WFP Executive Board has adopted a new four-year strategic plan to address hunger needs arising from recent

food price increases and shortages, as well as to fight hunger more strategically.

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OECD Report: Economic Aspects of Adaptation to Climate Change: Costs, Benefits and Policy Instruments [viewed]

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May 2008: This Organisation for

Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) publication, edited by Shardul

Agrawala and Samuel Fankhauser, provides a critical assessment of adaptation

costs and benefits in key climate sensitive sectors, as well as at national and

global levels.

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IPCC report to be presented at World Water Week [viewed]

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June 2008: The latest IPCC Technical Paper on Climate Change

and Water will be presented at World Water Week, scheduled to take place from

17-23 August 2008, in Stockholm, Sweden.

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ECLAC Approves the Examination of Socio-Economic Implications of Climate Change as a Priority [viewed]

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13 June 2008: The Economic Commission for Latin America

and the Caribbean (ECLAC) held its thirty-second session from 9-13 June 2008,

in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Among the thirteen approved resolutions

were a number of elements related to climate change.

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Ramsar Standing Committee Addresses Climate Change and Biofuels [viewed]

6 June 2008: The Ramsar Standing Committee held its 37th meeting from 2-6 June 2008, in Gland,

Switzerland. The Committee was charged with making the final preparations for

the documents to be considered at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the

Parties (COP10), which will take place in Changwon, Republic of Korea, from 28 October to 4 November 2008. During the meeting, the Committee approved

for transmittal to the COP a draft Resolution (DR) on climate change and

wetlands, and one on wetlands and biofuels.

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