4 November 2008: The 10th meeting of the Conference of the
Contracting Parties (COP10) to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, held from 28
October-4 November 2008 in Changwon, Republic of Korea, adopted a resolution
addressing the potential impacts of biofuel production and use on the
conservation and wise use of wetlands.
November 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risoe
Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development has announced calls for
clean development mechanism (CDM) and voluntary market projects in Benin and
Mali for project sponsors who want to participate in CDM capacity building
workshops to be held in the two countries.
25 October 2008: Over 50 countries met in Madrid, Spain, from 23-24 October 2008 for the final preparatory conference for the establishment of an International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
6 November 2008: Documents for the 34th Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meeting,
which will convene from 11-13 November 2008, in Washington DC, US, are
4 November 2008: The International Telecommunication Union's
(ITU) High-Level Segment of the Council (HLS) will take place from 12-13
November 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland, and will focus on information and
communication technologies (ICTs) and climate change.
4 November 2008: The 13th session of the World
Meteorological Organization (WMO) Commission for Hydrology opened on 4 November
2008 at WMO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and will conclude on 12
November. The Commission for Hydrology shapes the water-related activities of
the WMO, and addresses issues related to the basic hydrological observation
network, water resources assessment, flood forecasting and management,
3 November 2008: The UN Environment Programme, (UNEP), with
the EU Member States Defense Environment Network, the US Department of Defense,
the Institute for Environmental Security, the US Environmental Protection
Agency, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Institute
for Defense Analysis, and the Environment and Security Initiative, is
co-sponsoring a meeting from 3-5 November 2008 in Paris, France, on “The
Importance of Military Organizations in Protecting the Climate: 2008.”
3 November 2008: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) debated the
Report of the Economic and Social Council for 2008 (document A/63/3 and
A/63/255), and the report of the Secretary-General on the Role of the Economic
and Social Council in the integrated and coordinated implementation of and
follow-up to the outcomes of the major United Nations conferences and summits,
in the light of relevant General Assembly resolutions, including resolution
61/16 (document A/63/63-E/2008/77).
3 November 2008: The
fourth session of the World Urban Forum opened in Nanjing, China, under the
theme “Harmonious Urbanization.” During the opening ceremony, Chinese officials
noted the importance of integrated development between cities and regions, with
emphasis on energy and climate change mitigation.
31 October 2008: The Sixth World Forum on Sustainable
Development took place in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, from 27-30 October
2008, and was organized with the participation of several institutions,
including the UN Environment Programme, the UN Development Programme, the UN
Food and Agriculture Organization, the African Union, the African Development
Bank, the Economic Commission for Africa, and the World Environment Fund.