11 September 2008: The EU Parliament's Industry Committee decided to support the EU Commission's target to achieve a 10% share of biofuels used in road transport by 2020, while insisting that 40% of that renewable energy must come from alternative sources not competing with food production, such as electricity and hydrogen produced from renewable sources as well as “second generation” biofuels made from waste, lingo-cellulosic biomass or algae.
4 September 2008: The 29th session of the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) convened from 31 August to 4 September 2008, in
Geneva, Switzerland, and was attended by more than 300 participants. During the
meeting, which commemorated the IPCC's 20th anniversary, the Panel elected the
new IPCC Bureau and the Bureau of the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas
Inventories (TFB), and reelected Rajendra Pachauri as the IPCC Chair.
12 August 2008: The Permanent Missions of Pacific Small Island
Developing States (PSIDS) and co-sponsoring States are convening a discussion
on a draft UN General Assembly resolution on the threat of climate change to
international peace and security resolution on 15 August 2008, at UN
Headquarters in New York, US.
3 August 2008: The fifteenth Summit meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), held from 2-3 August 2008, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, concluded with the adoption of the Colombo Declaration and the Colombo Statement on Food Security. In the Declaration, entitled “Partnership for Growth for Our People,” the Heads of State and Government reiterate the need for increased regional cooperation in tackling climate change, in particular for capacity building, the development of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects, and awareness raising.
31 July 2008: The fifteenth Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned
Movement (NAM), held from 27-30 July 2008 in Tehran, Iran, concluded with the
adoption of a document in which
Ministers recognize that climate change poses serious risks and challenges,
particularly to developing countries, and call for urgent global action in
accordance with the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities.
30 July 2008: The Global Standards Organization (GSC) has
called on its members to share their views and experiences with groups addressing
information and communications technologies (ICTs) and climate change, highlighting
the International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) Focus Group on ICTs and
30 July 2008: The President of the UN General Assembly issued a draft outcome
document for the Monterrey Consensus Review Conference where countries would
recognize that responses to the climate change problem have “major development
implications” and “commit to respond to the additional financial requirements
that meet these new challenges with appropriate, concrete international
cooperation measures and policies.” The Review Conference, to be held in Doha,
Qatar, from November 29 to 2 December 2008, would also highlight that efforts
to address climate change should “promote increased trade in environmental
goods and not result in environmentally-based trade distortions.”
July 2008: The Ramsar Secretariat has posted the draft resolutions (DRs) that will be considered by parties for adoption at their tenth Conference of Parties (COP10), which is scheduled to take place in Changwon, Republic of Korea, from 28 October to 2008 to 4 November 2008.
25 July 2008: At the conclusion of the first South Africa-EU Summit, held in Bordeaux, France,
participants adopted a Declaration on Climate Change in which they agreed on the
need to conclude
negotiations by the end of 2009 on a strengthened and effective global
agreement for the climate change regime post 2012.
24 July 2008: The Draft Declaration of Commitment for the Fifth Summit of the Americas was presented during a meeting of National Coordinators of the Summit Implementation Review Group held at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington DC, US.