31 August 2008: In a press conference given on the occasion
of the twentieth anniversary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC) in Geneva, Switzerland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated
the IPCC for its accomplishments and for removing any doubt that climate change
was happening with its Fourth Assessment Report.
September 2008: The sixth quarterly International Polar Day,
which will be celebrated on 24 September 2008, will address how climate change
and renewed exploitation present urgent challenges to Arctic people, including
by examining the health impacts of climate change on the Arctic residents and
the focus of monitoring programmes of the polar environment on climate change.
26 August 2008: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) has released a booklet that seeks to raise awareness of energy subsidies and their impact.
28 August 2008: In this report, subtitled “Health equity
through action on the social determinants of health,” the World Health
Organization's (WHO) Commission on Social Determinants of Health calls for
closing the health gap in a generation and outlines the requirements for developing
solutions to the inequities between and within countries.
27 August 2008: This toolkit is aimed at UN Country Teams
and other development agents, to provide guidance on how to engage indigenous
peoples and include their perspectives in development processes.
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.