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).
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.”
24 October 2008: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation
and Development (OECD) has released a discussion paper entitled “What Role for
Public Finance in Climate Change Mitigation,” which considers how public
finance in developed countries can best be used to support climate change
mitigation in developing countries.
27 October 2008: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report that explores the vulnerability of heavy industry to carbon leakage – namely the movement of production away from jurisdictions where carbon constraints exist to jurisdictions where they do not – and competitiveness loss.
27 October 2008: The EU and 24 Asian States have signed a
declaration urging agreement on an international framework on climate change at
the Copenhagen negotiations in December 2009. The Beijing Declaration on
Sustainable Development was agreed and signed during the Seventh Asia-Europe
Meeting (ASEM), held from 24-25 October in Beijing, China.
21 October 2008: The International Energy Agency (IEA), the European Commission and the European Energy Network hosted an international workshop in Paris, France, on 21 October 2008, on “Innovations in National Energy Efficiency Strategies and Action Plans.” The workshop aimed to encourage the development of high-quality energy efficiency strategies and plans that lead to significant improvements in energy efficiency.
22 October 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has
addressed the climate and financial crises in a number of meetings and
statements in the past two days. He has sent letters to the heads of the EU
states, encouraging the EU to conclude its energy and climate package by the
end of 2008, in order to provide a positive signal to the international
community in its negotiations on emission reduction commitments for the
22 October 2008: Representatives from parties, intergovernmental
organizations, and nongovernmental organizations met in Bonn, Germany, from
20-21 October 2008, to discuss methodological concerns relating to reducing
emissions from forest degradation in developing countries (REDD).
20 October 2008: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a new study on carbon dioxide (CO2) Capture and Storage (CCS). The study, which was released on 20 October 2008, considers aspects such as CO2 transport and storage, CCS demonstration, financial and regulatory incentives, development of legal and regulatory frameworks, public awareness and acceptance, international co-operation, and CCS Roadmaps, as well as the role of CCS in ambitious new energy scenarios that aim for substantial emissions
16 October 2008: The UN team in Brussels has released its
third annual report, which details UN/EU partnership achievements. The report
is based on inputs collected from UN country offices around the world. Emphasis
is placed on the support that the UN and EU provide to national development
strategies and initiatives related to strengthening national capacities.