The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the
World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) launched a new facts and figures report
on glaciers and ice caps during a side event on 1 September 2008, in Geneva,
Switzerland, during the 29th plenary session of the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). “Global Glacier Changes: Facts and Figures”
presents recent fluctuations of glaciers and ice caps and underlines an overall
trend of glaciers' retreat. Wilfried Haeberli, Director of WGMS, noted that
glaciers are unique demonstration objects of global climate change.
26 August 2008: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) has released a booklet that seeks to raise awareness of energy subsidies and their impact.
28 August 2008: In this report, subtitled “Health equity
through action on the social determinants of health,” the World Health
Organization's (WHO) Commission on Social Determinants of Health calls for
closing the health gap in a generation and outlines the requirements for developing
solutions to the inequities between and within countries.
27 August 2008: This toolkit is aimed at UN Country Teams
and other development agents, to provide guidance on how to engage indigenous
peoples and include their perspectives in development processes.
27 August 2008: The seventh issue of the International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) Technology Watch Briefing Report, entitled “Next-Generation Networks and Energy Efficiency,” has been released.
August 2008: This UN International Strategy for Disaster
Reduction (UN/ISDR) publication emphasizes the special vulnerability of women
to disaster risk, as well as their role in preparedness and response efforts.
Through a series of good practices from various parts of the world, the report
shows the linkages among women's experiences with natural resource management,
climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DRR).
22 August 2008: A report commissioned by the UN Office for
the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and CARE International finds
that climate change greatly complicates, and could undermine, efforts to manage
the challenges presented by droughts, floods and cyclones. The study identifies
the most likely humanitarian implications of climate change for the next 20-30
21 August 2008: The first phase of consultations on a
Strategic Framework on Climate Change and Development for the World Bank Group
(WBG) has concluded with the release of a draft document entitled “Development
and Climate Change - A Strategic Framework for the World Bank Group.” The
document will be finalized, taking into consideration comments received through
15 September 2008, and submitted to the Board of Directors, on 23 September
2008, and to the Development Committee, during the 2008 IMF/World Bank Group
Annual Meeting in October 2008.
August 2008: IISD Reporting Services is pleased to announce that the newest
issue of CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin is now available. To access the fourth issue
directly, click here. To read past issues and to sign up to receive the Bulletin, click here.
21 August 2008: The IPCC National Greenhouse Gas Inventory
Programme (NGGIP) has produced a short introduction to the IPCC 2006
Guidelines, entitled “Primer.” This Primer is suitable for users of the 1996
guidelines who wish to understand the changes in the new 2006 Guidelines and to
start using them, and for those who are compiling inventories for the first time.