July 2008: The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Humanitarian Affairs
Segment opened on 15 July 2008, and organized its discussions around the theme
“Building capabilities and capacities at all levels for timely humanitarian
assistance, including disaster risk reduction.” Council Vice-President and Segment President Park
In-Kook (Republic of Korea) opened discussions by noting that this year's
Segment provided the international humanitarian community with an opportunity
to reflect on how to respond to the food crisis and the humanitarian
implications of disasters.
2008: A UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) three-year pilot
project aimed to help rural communities harness the potential of solar energy
recently concluded in Timor-Leste.
15 July 2008: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has posted
background documents and reports, as well as the provisional agenda, for its 52nd
General Conference Session, which will take place from 29 September to 4
October 2008, in Vienna, Austria.
11 July 2008: Delegates to the Southern Cone Regional Workshop on Sustainable
Energy, which took place on 11 July 2008, in Santiago, Chile, identified
ensuring equal access to energy sources, diversifying the energy matrix, and
advancing towards regional energy alliances as some of the region's key priorities.
14 July 2008: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has named Rajendra
K. Pachauri, the head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, as one
of its Goodwill Ambassadors.
14 July 2008: In an editorial published in the Times of India, Rajendra
K. Pachauri, Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Chairman and TERI Director-General,
offers an analysis of the recently concluded G8 summit held in Hokkaido, Japan.
11 July 2008: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change (IPCC) posted on its website a provisional annotated agenda for its twenty-ninth
Session, taking place from 31 August to 4 September 2008, in Geneva,
Switzerland. The Session will mark the twentieth anniversary of the IPCC.
2008: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) will consider the global food and energy
crises, with a particular eye to concern about macroeconomic and political
stability in numerous countries, in a plenary meeting on 18 July 2008.
14 July 2008: The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Humanitarian Affairs Segment
will open on 15 July 2008, and will be organized around the theme “Building
capabilities and capacities at all levels for timely humanitarian assistance,
including disaster risk reduction.”
11 July 2008: Speaking during a Panel discussion on
“Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the context of
current challenges,” Kemal Dervis, Administrator of the UN Development
Programme (UNDP), noted that economic growth is threatened by shortages of
natural resources such as energy, water and atmosphere, and stressed that MDG 7
on environmental sustainability is an absolute key priority.