19 September 2008: The Danish Government's Africa Commission
held a thematic conference on employment and economic growth in the context of
climate change in Nairobi, Kenya, on 18 September. The event was the fourth in
a series of five thematic conferences, initiated by the Africa Commission,
convened between June-October 2008, in various African cities.
17 September 2008: Forest stakeholders gathered in
Washington, DC, US, on 16-17 September 2008, to agree on a new set of
principles for sustainable forest management (SFM) and its central role in
combating climate change.
16 September 2008: Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), participated in the Energy Leaders Summit organized by the Financial Times and World Energy Council, in London, UK, on 16-17 September 2008. Addressing heads of the main traditional and new energy companies, as well as government representatives and financiers, who met to discuss the future of energy beyond 2025, Gurría highlighted the need for public-private partnerships for the development and deployment of “large-scale transformative energy technologies.”
14 September 2008: Speaking at the Sixteenth Environment
Congress for Asia and the Pacific, which took place in Nagoya, Japan, from
13-14 September 2008, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on
Biological Diversity (CBD), underscored the unprecedented rate of biodiversity
loss due to the pressures on the planet's natural functions caused by human
September 2008: The International Food Policy Research
Institute (IFPRI) has released an advance copy of its report entitled ‘Global
Food Crises: Monitoring and Assessing Impact to Inform Policy Responses.'
10 September 2008: Presenting his report on the status of
the Community Work Programme, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, President of the Economic
Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, highlighted the economic
impacts of the increase of food and commodity prices in West African States.
September 2008: The twenty-sixth meeting of Ministers of
Health and the sixty-first session of the World Health Organization's (WHO)
Regional Committee for South-East Asia are taking place from 8-11 September
2008, in New Delhi, India.
September 2008: The September issue of the International Polar Year (IPY) report has been released.
September 2008: The EUROPOLAR ERA-NET Consortium, in
association with the European Science Foundation, has launched the first call
for pre-proposals leading to potential Joint Projects to be undertaken within
the PolarCLIMATE Programme.
“Africa's Climate Roadmap, from Johannesburg through Africa to Copenhagen” was adopted at the twelfth session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN-12), which took place from 7-12 June 2008, in Johannesburg, South Africa. In our climate change discussions we highlighted the urgency for Africa to articulate a common position during the ongoing climate change negotiations for a strengthened international agreement beyond 2012, and to exploit the opportunity to build consensus on the complex issues of climate change and sustainable development for the benefit of the continent. Africa agreed to put forward a shared vision based on scientific evidence and broad political consensus. That shared vision would have several key elements: the future climate change regime should accommodate the priorities for Africa of sustainable development, poverty reduction and attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); increased support should be provided under the regime for capacity-building, financing and technology development and transfer for adaptation and mitigation in Africa (the means of implementation); and the agreement should result in the stabilization of emissions in the atmosphere. A deal on climate change requires a deal on development, including Africa.