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.
26 August 2008: Climate change was among the topics
discussed in official talks between Han Seung-soo, Prime Minister of the
Republic of Korea, and Srgjan Kerim, President of the UN General Assembly
(UNGA), on 25 August 2008.
21 August 2008: The IPCC National Greenhouse Gas Inventory
Programme (NGGIP) has produced a short introduction to the IPCC 2006
Guidelines, entitled “Primer.” This Primer is suitable for users of the 1996
guidelines who wish to understand the changes in the new 2006 Guidelines and to
start using them, and for those who are compiling inventories for the first time.
19 August 2008: In a message delivered by Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, to the Pacific Islands Forum summit meeting, which is taking place until 21 August 2008 in Alofi, Niue, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the creation of an Inter-Agency Climate Change Centre for coordinated UN support to Pacific Island Countries and regional organizations, in partnership with the Government of Samoa.
12 August 2008: The Permanent Missions of Pacific Small Island
Developing States (PSIDS) and co-sponsoring States are convening a discussion
on a draft UN General Assembly resolution on the threat of climate change to
international peace and security resolution on 15 August 2008, at UN
Headquarters in New York, US.
August 2008: In preparation for the 29th Session of
the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), scheduled to take place
from 31 August-4 September 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland, the Secretariat of the
International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) System and the
Government of Norway have submitted a proposal for an IPCC Special Report on
Managing the Risk of Extreme Events to Advance Climate Change Adaptation.
August 2008: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC) has posted a number of documents in preparation for its twenty-ninth
session and the celebration of its 20th anniversary, which will take place from
31 August to 4 September 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland.
August 2008: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the
UNECE/FAO Forest Products Annual Market Review, 2007-2008. The Review, based on
the theme ‘Green building's impact on the forest sector in the UNECE region,'
covers all forest products market sectors as well as interlinked policy
developments in the UNECE region of Europe, North America and the CIS.
31 July 2008: On his three-country tour of Latin America,
Srgjan Kerim, President of the UN General Assembly, has discussed climate
change with Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile, and addressed its importance
at a conference on the role of the UN in a globalized world.
30 July 2008: The President of the UN General Assembly issued a draft outcome
document for the Monterrey Consensus Review Conference where countries would
recognize that responses to the climate change problem have “major development
implications” and “commit to respond to the additional financial requirements
that meet these new challenges with appropriate, concrete international
cooperation measures and policies.” The Review Conference, to be held in Doha,
Qatar, from November 29 to 2 December 2008, would also highlight that efforts
to address climate change should “promote increased trade in environmental
goods and not result in environmentally-based trade distortions.”