18 September 2008: On the eve of the opening of the 63rd
session of the UN General Assembly, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization
(FAO) released a briefing paper on the impact of high food prices on hunger,
which states that rising food prices pushed 75 million more people into hunger
and threatens efforts to realize the goal of halving the number of those in
hunger by 2015. The paper will inform a high-level event on the Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs), to be held on 25 September.
16 September 2008: Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann, a former
foreign minister of Nicaragua and the new President of the UN General Assembly
(UNGA), opened its 63rd session with a call to democratize the UN in order to
deal more effectively with the world's most pressing problems, including the
impact of climate change, widespread hunger and poverty, and unequal access to
15 September 2008: Noting that media interest in climate
change issues has been fading since the release of the Intergovernmental Panel
on Climate Change's Fourth Assessment Report in November 2008, UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the importance of cooperation among
all sectors of society to tackle this challenge.
10 September 2008: Presenting his latest report to the Human
Rights Council in Geneva, Olivier De Schutter, the Special Rapporteur on the
Right to Food, said rising food prices continue to jeopardize the right to
food, stressing that “any potential solution to the problem must be viewed
through the lens of human rights.”
8 September 2008: In an editorial published in The
Australian, Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change (IPCC), highlighted that, according to the IPCC's Fourth Assessment
Report, costs of mitigation actions are not high. “In fact, one of the
scenarios assessed, which would stabilise average temperature increase in the
world to between 2C to 2.4C, would cost the world no more than 3 per cent of
the global GDP in 2030,” he writes.
4 September 2008: The 29th session of the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) convened from 31 August to 4 September 2008, in
Geneva, Switzerland, and was attended by more than 300 participants. During the
meeting, which commemorated the IPCC's 20th anniversary, the Panel elected the
new IPCC Bureau and the Bureau of the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas
Inventories (TFB), and reelected Rajendra Pachauri as the IPCC Chair.
2 September 2008: During the 29th plenary session of
the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), being held in Geneva,
Switzerland, from 31 August to 4 September 2008, Rajendra Pachauri, the IPCC
Chairman, was re-elected by acclamation.
31 August 2008: Achim Steiner, UN Environment Programme
(UNEP) Executive Director and UN Under-Secretary General, spoke to the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on 31 August 2008.
31 August 2008: The celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and its twenty-ninth
plenary Session are convening in Geneva, Switzerland, until 4 September 2008.
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.