CLIMATE CHANGE AND EXTREME EVENTS
POVERTY AND ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION
The linkages between environmental well-being, vulnerability and poverty emerged as a critical issue in 2005. Extreme weather events and new research and data were so dramatic that the year may prove a turning point in the urgency of our awareness and response.
In a year that brought compelling evidence biodiversity loss, climate change and a of other environmental threats, the global community showed signs of improved response. Major events such as the G-8 Summit in July and the 2005 World Summit
September reinforced the intent to act on environmental challenges and their links development goals. In December the first
Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol produced a better than expected outcome. And at the year’s close, at the sixth World
Trade Organization Ministerial Conference, rich countries agreed to end export subsidies for cotton by the end of 2006 and for all
agricultural products by 2013. By improving the incomes of poor farmers in poor countries, this should reduce the pressure farm marginal land and clear forests.