25 August 2008: Achim Steiner UN Under-Secretary General and
the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Executive Director, spoke on risk and
climate change at the International Disaster Risk Conference (IDRC), which
convened in Davos, Switzerland, from 25-29 August 2008.
28 August 2008: The Africa Carbon Forum will take place from 3-5 September 2008, in Dakar, Senegal. At the thirteenth Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Bali, Indonesia in December 2007, the Secretariat of the UNFCCC announced its intent to convene the first Africa Carbon Forum, in collaboration with the International Emissions Trading Association and the partner agencies of the Nairobi Framework, including the UN Development Programme, UN Environment Programme, World Bank and African Development Bank.
27 August 2008: The seventh issue of the International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) Technology Watch Briefing Report, entitled “Next-Generation Networks and Energy Efficiency,” has been released.
25 August 2008: In a statement to the third Session of the
Ad hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention
(AWG-LCA 3), which met in Accra, Ghana, from 21-27 August 2008, the
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) addressed the various
approaches and options under which greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from
international civil aviation can be effectively addressed.
25 August 2008: In a statement to the First Part of the
Sixth Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I
Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP6), which took place in Accra, Ghana,
from 21-27 August 2008, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
referred to recent developments in the field of environmental protection,
including: progress made by ICAO's Committee on Aviation Environmental
Protection in prioritizing and intensifying all activities related to
greenhouse gas emissions (GHG); and the holding of the second meeting of the
Group on International Aviation and Climate Change, where the possible
establishment of short, medium and long term goals for fuel burn was discussed.
August 2008: The Focus Group on informational and
communication technologies (ICTs) and climate change, established by the
International Telecommunication Union (ITU), will hold its first meeting from
1-3 September 2008, at ITU headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
25 August 2008: A UN-sponsored International Symposium on
Climate Change and Food Security in South Asia, taking place from 25-30 August
in Dhaka, Bangladesh, aims to develop an agriculture mitigation and adaptation
framework for climate change implementation in South Asia. Participants are
also expected to recommend policy and financial innovations to enable the
implementation of the framework and its integration into the sustainable
development planning of South Asia countries.
25 August 2008: The World Bank launched a worldwide
documentary competition that will highlight the social aspects of climate
change as experienced and/or observed by the film-maker(s).
August 2008: This UN International Strategy for Disaster
Reduction (UN/ISDR) publication emphasizes the special vulnerability of women
to disaster risk, as well as their role in preparedness and response efforts.
Through a series of good practices from various parts of the world, the report
shows the linkages among women's experiences with natural resource management,
climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DRR).
21 August 2008: The Supporting Entrepreneurs for Sustainable Development (SEED) Initiative has announced the winners of its 2008 SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development. The SEED Initiative is a global network for action on sustainable development partnerships, founded by IUCN, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), to deliver progress toward the internationally-agreed goals in the UN's Millennium Declaration and the commitments made at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002.