17 November 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has
appointed Margareta Wahlström (Sweden) as Assistant Secretary-General for
Disaster Risk Reduction and the Secretary-General's Special Representative for
the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action in the Secretariat for the
International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR).
11 November 2008: In a joint op-ed piece published in The International Herald Tribune on 10 November 2008 with Indonesian President
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and Danish Prime
Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for the
summit on the global financial crisis, scheduled to be held on 15 November
2008, in Washington DC, US, to seize the opportunity to tackle global warming.
11 November 2008: In his monthly press conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon indicated that the global financial crisis continues to be a priority, and noted that it presents an opportunity to address climate change
since “green growth can create millions of jobs” at a time of economic hardship.
2 November 2008: In a press conference given in Dhaka,
Bangladesh, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that the financial crisis
should not “impede our efforts to fight climate change.” He described the
possible impacts of global warming on Bangladeshis, and noted the country's
efforts in disaster prevention and preparedness.
30 October 2008: In a lecture delivered at the Rajiv Gandhi
Foundation in New Delhi, India, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined
that the financial crisis should not “become an excuse for deferring or backing
away from our fight against climate change.”
30 October 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held a
meeting in New Delhi, India, with leading Indian business leaders and Rajendra
Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Director-
General of TERI, to discuss the corporate initiatives undertaken by the TERI
Business Council to reduce the impact of climate change.
29 October 2008: Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN
Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) told a news conference at UN
Headquarters, NY, US, that “the nexus between land degradation and climate
change is clear,” with global warming being likely to lead to more extreme
weather events, which could lead to soil erosion and loss of land cover.
29 October 2008: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)
Board, at its 42nd meeting on 24-26 September 2008, in Bonn, Germany, decided
to make the draft document of “Elaboration of CDM Accreditation Requirements”
as contained annex 1 of the 26th progress report of the CDM-Accreditation
Panel, available for public comment from 29 September 2008 to 27 October 2008.
29 October 2008: In a speech delivered at the University of
Philippines, in Manila, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon indicated that his
“most immediate concern” was that the financial crisis could “eclipse the
global effort to address climate change.” He noted that, while developing
countries face the same pressures as the US and Europe, they lack the resources
to tackle the crisis.
27 October 2008: In a speech delivered on 24 October 2008,
in New York, US, at the concert for UN Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
welcomed Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, who were performing, as well as
the Heads of UN agencies and programmes who had gathered for the biannual
meeting of the UN System Chief Executives Board.