Latest round of UN climate change talks kicks off in Germany

2 June 2008Talks on strengthening international action on global warming have begun in Bonn, Germany under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Talks on strengthening international action on global warming have begun in Bonn, Germany under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).The two-week round of negotiations will focus on furthering governments’ commitments to the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, and will include discussion on how industrialized countries can meet their emissions reduction targets beyond the first commitment period of the Protocol, which ends in 2012.“There is a huge global consciousness that urgent international action needs to be taken this year and the next. So we can expect good progress at this meeting,” said UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer.In Bonn governments will also discuss ways to facilitate the transfer of environmentally sound technologies to developing countries, reduce emissions from deforestation, increase investment for climate change, and improve the emissions trading system established under the Kyoto Protocol.“These are all key areas in the international response to climate change, both for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as well as for adapting to the inevitable impacts of climate change,” Mr. de Boer said. More than 2,400 participants, including government delegates from 172 countries and representatives from business and industry, environmental organizations and research institutions are attending the two-week meeting. The aim of the negotiations is to create a successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol beyond 2012. The UNFCCC talks are scheduled to wrap up at a convention to be held in Copenhagen in December 2009. read more

Norfolk General Hospital welcomes new chief of staff

Norfolk General Hospital has announced the appointment of Dr. Amir Sheik-Yousouf as the new chief of staff.“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Sheik-Yousouf to NGH,”  Tom White, chair of the NGH board of directors,  said in a press release. “We look forward to his energy and passion on our team and have the greatest confidence in his representing our hospital and community.”Sheik-Yousouf graduated from Rotman School of Business with an executive MBA in July 2017.He is a Fellow of the Royal College in Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto, previously working in an academic setting at Sunnybrook Hospital. He has worked in a community setting at the Milton District Hospital for the past five years and continues to maintain a practice in Milton.Sheik-Yousouf was born in the United Kingdom to parents of Mauritian descent. After completing high school he was awarded a full scholarship to study medicine at Nishtar Medical College, Multan, Pakistan. He completed his MBBS in 2004, worked on a one-year internship at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Science, and then immigrated to Canada in 2006.He takes over from Dr. Nancy Gabel, who has been in the chief of staff position for the past six years.White thanked Gabel for her commitment and dedication.Sheik-Yosouf will begin his duties on June 3. read more