October 2008: The Ministry of Regional Municipalities and
Water Resources, Sultanate of Oman, and the Regional Centre on Urban Water
Management, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran, in cooperation with the World
Meteorological Organization (WMO), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO) and other partners, are organizing the International
Conference on Water Resources and Climate Change in the Middle East – North
Africa (MENA) Region, which will take place from 2-4 November 2008, Muscat,
13 October 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called
for “deep and systemic” reforms based on inclusive multilateralism for a global
financial system that can better meet the challenges of the 21st century.
October 2008: As part of its project to strengthen national
capacity in developing countries to assess climate change policy alternatives,
the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Environment and Energy Group has released a
series of papers on the Bali Action Plan negotiations.
13 October 2008: The International Maritime Organization's
(IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) held its 58th session from
6-10 October 2008, in London, UK. The Committee maintained momentum in limiting
or reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships, and made substantive
progress in developing technical and operational measures to address these
10 October 2008: In a message for UN Day, to be observed on
24 October 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that the global
threats of the 21st century, including climate change and the spread of disease
and deadly weapons, “spare no one.”
9 October 2008: Commissioned by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Paris Re and Marsh have produced an index-based weather cover for the wind energy sector. The study analyzes the technical, legal and financial feasibility of implementing weather coverage in Mexico.
October 2008: The UN International Strategy for Disaster
Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released its proposal in response to the Bali Action
Plan's call for enhanced action on adaptation through consideration of disaster
risk reduction strategies, risk management and risk transfer mechanisms.
9 October 2008: European countries met from 9-10 October
2008, in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, to discuss practical ways to reduce the
impacts of natural hazards through strengthened collaboration among the World
Meteorological Organization's (WMO) National Meteorological and Hydrological
Services and disaster risk management institutions.
9 October 2008: The UN University (UNU) is hosting the
International Conference on Environment, Forced Migration and Social
Vulnerability, which is taking place in Bonn, Germany, from 9-11 October 2008.
The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), UN Environment Programme
(UNEP), and International Organization for Migration (IOM) are among the
Conference's organizing partners. Participants have been asked to capture the
current state of research and debate on the issue, and to conclude with
recommendations for moving forward.
8 October 2008: The Division for Sustainable Development of
the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DSD/DESA) is organizing an
expert group meeting on “Climate Change and Sustainable Development: The Role