December 2008: The seventh quarterly International Polar Day, focusing on research above the Polar Regions, will be marked on 4 December 2008. The Day will include polar meteorology, atmospheric sciences, astronomy, and polar observations from space.
27 November 2008: A new survey, in line with an earlier poll of youth carried out by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) as a part of UNite to Combat Climate Change campaign, suggests that the environment remains a concern despite the financial downturn.
24 November 2008: In an editorial published in the Japan Times, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscores that the financial crisis is unique and potentially overwhelming, and warns against the risk of it evolving into “tomorrow's human crisis.”
20 November 2008: A World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Global Atmosphere Watch programme will receive new data on carbon dioxide from a new laser device installed in Jungfraujoch, Switzerland.
20 November 2008: UN environmental heads have welcomed US President-elect Obama's statement in a video message to the Governors' Global Climate Summit, which convened in Los Angeles, California, US, from 18-19 November 2008, that his presidency “will mark a new chapter in America's leadership on climate change.”
20 November 2008: Reacting to a statement by US President-elect Barack Obama, Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), noted that the statement “confirmed that in the coming months a fundamentally new climate policy will define the position of the US.”
20 November 2008: In a message marking Africa Industrialization
Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for strengthening African industry
so that it can “play its rightful, catalytic role” and help overcome the
current triple financial, food and climate crises as well as make critical
progress on eradicating poverty.
20 November 2008: A press conference on issues relating to
gender and climate change was held on 20 November 2008, at UN Headquarters, New
York, US, to recap a two-day meeting organized by the Global Gender and Climate
Alliance (GGCA) on how women could receive financial support for their
activities to mitigate or adapt to climate change.
18 November 2008: During his first visit to the World
Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
reaffirmed WIPO's unique role within the UN system in promoting intellectual
property, innovations and investment in new technology, which are crucial to
stimulate economic development and to tackle the current financial, climate,
food and oil crisis.
17 November 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has
launched, with Green Cross International and the UN Office for the Coordination
of Humanitarian Affairs, the Green Star Awards.