7 December 2008: On the sidelines of the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, taking place in Poznan, Poland, the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Climate Neutral Network (CN Net), a coalition of public, private and governmental entities, has gained new participants.
6 December 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
released a report entitled “The Kyoto Protocol, the Clean Development
Mechanism, and the Building and Construction Sector,” suggesting that the Kyoto
Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which governs the main
international carbon market, should be revised to tap into the mitigation
potential of the building and construction industry.
5 December 2008: The UN has announced that approximately US$380 million has been pledged
to the voluntarily-funded Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF). The CERF was
set up in 2006 to speed relief for natural and man-made disasters.
4 December 2008: At a side event to the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, taking place in Poznan, Poland, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risø Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development (URC) held a side event on “Perspectives on Future Directions and Capacity Development Needs.” The event was the occasion for the launch of a URC publication, “A Reformed CDM –including new Mechanisms for Sustainable Development,” which explores how to reform the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in a post-2012 climate regime.
5 December 2008: The UN Environment Programme –
Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has produced the Carbon and Biodiversity Demonstration Atlas, which highlights areas
where high carbon content and high biodiversity overlap, illustrating that
reducing emissions from deforestation can combat climate change and
5 December 2008: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) launched a Strategic Framework for Forests and Climate Change during a side event held during the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, taking place in Poznan, Poland.
4 December 2008: In a news conference held at UN Headquarters in New York US, Robert Orr, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Strategic Planning in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General, stated that 2009 will be a critical year for action on climate change. Also addressing the press conference, Janos Pasztor, Director of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team, stressed that the Poznan meeting should lay out a “shared vision” that addresses what countries are willing to undertake in terms of long-term cooperation on climate change.
December 2008: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) has released the report of the 16th session of its Steering Committee (SC), which convened in Geneva, Switzerland, from 14-17 October 2008, at World Meteorological Organization (WMO) headquarters.
4 December 2008: In a message delivered at the High-level Conference on the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), organized by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined the key role played by the Organization in terms of emergency assistance. He noted the importance of humanitarian disaster response for development, and stressed that the financial crisis, climate change and population growth are likely to increase demands for relief aid in the future.
4 December 2008: The 10th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans convened from 25-27 November 2008, in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and addressed issues related to climate change and the Regional Seas Programmes, and adaptation to climate change vulnerability and sea-level rise.