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Our Planet - February 2008


UNEPs quarterly magazine Our Planet features authoritative articles on the theme of environment and development by world scientific and political leaders. Our Planet has an estimated annual print readership of around 300,000 a year, while the Internet editions are read by some seven million people from 118 countries.

Our Planet is published in English, French, and Spanish, with Korean, Chinese, and Japanese language versions produced by local UNEP-linked groups. The first issue of 2007 - which appeared on the occasion of the 24th session of UNEP's Governing Council in early February - represented a major overhaul of the magazine, in terms of both content and design. Under the title 'Connected Dreams - Globalization and Environment' and echoing the theme of the Governing Council, the new-look Our Planet features a more modern design, a larger format, as well as a number of new features: 'reflections', 'verbatim', 'numbers', 'books', 'people', 'awards and events', 'products', and a page on relevant Internet resources.

Cover Story: Maintaining momentum - Financing action on climate

Table of Contents:

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco...
...argues that the public and private sectors both have a key role to play in sustainable development.

work together - page 5

Kristin Halvorsen
Norways Minister of Finance...
...describes the importance of green taxes and international engagement in addressing climate change.

polluters should pay - page 6

Roberto Dobles
Minister of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica...
...describes a breakthrough in financing the conservation of the forests on which the future of the planet depends.

forests - the future - page 10

Martin Parry
Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group II...
...spells out the reasons why the world should invest immediately in adaptation to climate change.

time to adapt - page 12

Marina Silva
Minister of the Environment, Brazil...
...describes how developing countries are ready to play an appropriate part in tackling climate change.

clear commitment - page 14

Monique Barbut
CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility...
...describes the imperative of effectively financing adaptation to climate change.

action time - page 16

Nicky Gavron
Deputy Mayor of London...
...describes how cities are taking the lead worldwide in practical action on the ground.

driving change - page 20

Anilla Cherian
an independent consultant who has worked for a range of UN, intergovernmental agencies and NGOs...
...describes how integrating climate change adaptation with sustainable development objectives matters for vulnerable countries and communities.

scaling-up action - page 22

Christiana Figueres
a recent member of the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism... a personal view of how it will have to evolve to meet the scale of the challenge of climate change.

tuning the instrument - page 24

Amitabh Bachchan
Legendary Bollywood actor...
... describes how he has taken up the cause of climate change and is working to persuade hundreds of millions of fans to do the same.

global cool - page 27

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