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).
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.
Only a few weeks ago I was in Mexico to announce that this Latin American country will be the main host for World Environment Day 2009, less than 200 days before the crucial climate convention meeting in Copenhagen.
30 October 2008: Over 600 participants representing governments, regions and other local authorities gathered in Saint Malo, France, from 29-30 October 2008, for the “First World Summit of Regions, Climate Change: Regions in Action.”
28 October 2008: The Committee on Earth Observation
Satellites (CEOS) has prepared an updated report on progress by space agencies
involved in global observations in implementing actions in response to the Global
Climate Observing System (GCOS) implementation plan. The report was submitted
to the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice, which
will hold its 29th session in Poznan, Poland, from 1-10 December 2008.
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.
24 October 2008: Mayors and senior officials from 36 of the
world's largest cities gathered from 22-24 October 2008, in Tokyo, Japan, for
talks on how to fight global warming in the latest meeting of the so-called C40
23 October 2008: At a press conference at UN Headquarters in
New York, US, representatives of the Association of Caribbean States said
countries of the Caribbean region were headed for “hard and difficult times”
unless they took action on climate change, with the cooperation and support of
the international community.
20 October 2008: During the 12th Francophonie Summit, which
took place in Quebec City, Canada, from 17-19 October 2008, seventy
French-speaking nations and regional governments adopted the Quebec
18 October 2008: During a meeting on the sidelines of the
Francophonie Summit, which convened in Quebec City, Canada, from 17-19 October
2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and French President Nicolas Sarkozy
agreed on the need to hold an emergency G-8 summit to address the financial
crisis and ensure that its negative impact on the world's economies does not
undermine the major UN efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, to
fight against the effects of climate change and to address the food crisis.