21 July 2008: The Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention
to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced that it has been invited by the
Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) to join an advisory
group assisting with the development of a Carbon Fund/Facility.
23 July 2008: In an editorial published in the Financial Times, Mohamed ElBaradei, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), calls for the creation of an international organization on energy. In the article, which he indicates represents his personal views, ElBaradei describes the current energy crisis, stressing the need for environmentally friendly alternatives to fossil fuels and coordinated action on energy and
related issues, including climate change.
21 July 2008: In a letter to member States, UN General
Assembly President Srgjan Kerim expressed his hope that the Assembly would
adopt a resolution taking a principled stand, demonstrating its relevance, and
sending a strong political message in support of agreeing on a comprehensive
global framework in 2009.
21 July 2008:
The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Climate Neutral Network (CN Net)
announced that two Norwegian music festivals have joined the international
fight against climate change. The two festivals are the first music events to
sign on to CNNet, which aims to federate solutions and actions to realize a
low, even zero pollution, world.
18 July 2008: General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim has
briefed Viet Nam's Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem on the priority issues of
the Assembly's current session, addressing in particular climate change, and
the global food and energy crises.
17 July 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP),
with the Foundation for Global Peace and Environment, launched its eighteenth International
Children's Painting Competition on 17 July 2008.
July 2008: Eric Laroche, the Assistant Director-General of the World Health
Organization (WHO), was the Special Guest for the Daily Noon Briefing at UN
Headquarters in NY, on 16 July 2008. Laroche spoke on the theme “UN Health
Action in Crises – Treating Climate Change, Food Crisis and Other Global Health
July 2008: In a comment on the G8 leaders' statement on global food security,
Joachim von Braun, Director General of the International Food Policy Research
Institute (IFPRI), welcomed the proposed actions regarding global markets and
increasing food production, while criticizing the lack of actions on social
protection and nutrition for the poorest.
14 July 2008: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has named Rajendra
K. Pachauri, the head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, as one
of its Goodwill Ambassadors.