23 October 2008: On accepting the UN Association-New York Humanitarians of the Year Award, in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon thanked the Association for paying tribute to all the scientists, advocates and others “who have done so much at the UN to advance the climate change agenda over the years.” He underlined that turning away from the climate challenge while addressing the financial crisis would be “a double blow,” stressing the “enormous benefits” that can be drawn from making the transition to a low-carbon economy and addressing “one of the defining issues of our times.”
23 October 2008: At a press conference at UN Headquarters in
New York, US, representatives of the Association of Caribbean States said
countries of the Caribbean region were headed for “hard and difficult times”
unless they took action on climate change, with the cooperation and support of
the international community.
23 October 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN
Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Kemal Dervis participated in an
informal discussion with five eminent economists at UN Headquarters in New
York, US, on 23 October 2008. The talks focused on the global financial crisis
and its expected impact on efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
17 October 2008: The UNFCCC Secretariat has launched a photo
contest aimed at raising awareness of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).
The contest invites digital photos of CDM projects that reflect the theme of
the contest, “CDM changing lives.”
19 October 2008: On World Food Day, celebrated on 18
October, the Joint UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)/International
Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Division of Nuclear techniques in Food and
Agriculture (NAFA) highlighted the role of nuclear technology in developing new
crop varieties that can withstand climate-induced external stress, such as
drought, and thereby contributing to achieving sustainable food security.
17 October 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated
that EU proposals on tackling climate change could spur “green” growth and
generate millions of new jobs.
17 October 2008: Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), gave a presentation at a discussion entitled “Securing Asia's Energy Future” held by the Asia Society, in New York, US, on 16 October.
17 October 2008: Two sets of seven donor countries and seven potential recipient countries have been selected to serve on the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) Trust Fund Committee and the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) Trust Fund Committee, respectively, to oversee the decisions concerning investments and implementation of the recently created World Bank Climate Investment Funds (CIF).
16 October 2008: On World Food Day (WFD), the heads of UN agencies called attention to the ongoing crisis of hunger and its interrelations with climate change and rising fuel prices.
16 October 2008: World Food Day 2008 (WFD), which was celebrated on 16 October, was marked by events around the world addressing the theme “World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy.” The main ceremony was held at UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy, including a statement by FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf (see related story), a message from Pope Benedict XVI, and a keynote speech by Egypt's First Lady Suzanne Mubarak.