June 2008 – World Agenda

1. June: Intense efforts to find solutions to the globalfood crisis take place with discussions due among UN finance ministers in Rome on June 3, Nobel Prize winners in Petra, Jordan, on June 17, and EU leaders in Brussels on June 19.

2. Jun 27, Harare: Zimbabwe’s presidential run-off takes place, despite fears that election violence makes a fair second round impossible. Official results showed the opposition leader Morgan Tsvangiraiwon the first round, but not enough to avoid a run-off with President Mugabe.

3. Jun 3, United States: The Democrat presidential primary season finally comes to an end when the last votes are held in Puerto Rico on June 1, and Montana and South Dakota on June 3.

4. Jun 9-16: During his last trip to Europe as U.S. President, George W. Bush will mark the 60th anniversary of the Marchall Plan – the massive aid programme to rebuild Europe after World War II – and the Berlin Airlift, in which the Allied forces supplied West Berlin during the Soviet blockade.

5. Jun 1, Pakistan: Clocks move forward an hour, to GMT+6, in an effort to reduce the impact of acute power shortages throughout the country. The move aims to maximize the use of daylight following electricity supply cuts for several hours a day.

6. June, Tokyo: Japan is expected to announce it will aim to cut its current level of greenhouse gas by 60-80% by 2050. The world’s fifth largest polluter hopes to encourage industry-focused global targets.

7. Jun 22-29, Jerusalem: A breakaway summit of 280 Anglican bishops, who dispute gay priest and  same sex unions, deepens the threat of schism in the 400-year-old church.

8. Jun 7, Austria, Switzerland: UEFA’s Euro 2008 football tournament kicks off.

PS: the picture is really the Roman/Greek Goddess Juno/Hera of which the month June is named after.

Source: The Star Newspaper, 25th May 2008, Sunday

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