13 October 2008: The annual meetings of the Boards of
Governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank took place on
11-13 October 2008, in Washington DC, US. Finance ministers from developing and
industrialized nations attended the event, which was preceded by a meeting of
the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) and the Development
Committee. The IMFC and seminars during the week addressed the responses to the
current economic crisis, as well as the challenges posed by higher food and
13 October 2008: The International Maritime Organization's
(IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) held its 58th session from
6-10 October 2008, in London, UK. The Committee maintained momentum in limiting
or reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships, and made substantive
progress in developing technical and operational measures to address these
October 2008: The UN International Strategy for Disaster
Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released its proposal in response to the Bali Action
Plan's call for enhanced action on adaptation through consideration of disaster
risk reduction strategies, risk management and risk transfer mechanisms.
9 October 2008: European countries met from 9-10 October
2008, in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, to discuss practical ways to reduce the
impacts of natural hazards through strengthened collaboration among the World
Meteorological Organization's (WMO) National Meteorological and Hydrological
Services and disaster risk management institutions.
9 October 2008: The UN University (UNU) is hosting the
International Conference on Environment, Forced Migration and Social
Vulnerability, which is taking place in Bonn, Germany, from 9-11 October 2008.
The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), UN Environment Programme
(UNEP), and International Organization for Migration (IOM) are among the
Conference's organizing partners. Participants have been asked to capture the
current state of research and debate on the issue, and to conclude with
recommendations for moving forward.
8 October 2008: The Division for Sustainable Development of
the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DSD/DESA) is organizing an
expert group meeting on “Climate Change and Sustainable Development: The Role
8 October 2008: Climate change and human health experts
discussed health risks from climate change at a meeting in Madrid, Spain, from
6-8 October 2008, and agreed on a research agenda for the topic.
6 October 2008: Roberto Kobeh González, President of the
Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), emphasized
issues such as safety, security, airspace management, airport congestion, and
climate change in his address to the 61st Annual Meeting and Convention of the
National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) on 6 October 2008, in Orlando,
7 October 2008: Addressing the Gambia Climate Change Forum,
taking place in Kololi, the Gambia, from 6-7 October 2008, the
Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Michel
Jarraud, stated that the potential impacts of climate variability and change on
water resources demand special attention, particularly in Africa.
6 October 2008: A bi-regional EU-Latin America and the Caribbean (EU-LAC) forum convened in Paris, France, on 6 October 2008, to address the challenges of globalization and its effect on the economy, social cohesion and the environment. Pamela Cox, World Bank Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean, addressed the forum, highlighting that some countries in Latin America and its citizens “and particularly the extreme poor, are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.”