September 2008: The next UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Electronic Forum on Biotechnology in Food and Agriculture, to be held from 10 November to 7 December 2008, will address the potential role that agricultural biotechnologies can play for bioenergy production in
developing countries, in particular liquid biofuels.
24 September 2008: The first UN Private Sector Forum on the
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Food Sustainability convened on the
side of the opening of the UN General Assembly, to further business commitment
towards the MDGs and serve as platform to articulate business perspectives on
actions needed for their achievement.
29 September 2008: Nicholas Haysom, Director for Political
Affairs in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, and Robert Orr, one
of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's top aides, highlighted during a news
conference that the role of the UN and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in global
crises is increasingly recognized.
26 September 2008: In his address to the thirty-second
meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Group of 77, Kemal Derviş,
Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), outlined the development
challenges and opportunities created by the current global economic
environment, and the role of the UN and UNDP's own support to programme
24 September 2008: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) held its
third meeting from 15-18 September 2008, at the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany. The
Board discussed several issues pending from its first and second meetings. Work
was concluded on draft Rules of Procedure of the AFB, draft Roles and
Responsibilities of the Board, and draft Strategic Priorities, Policies and
23 September 2008: The meeting of the World Meteorological
Organization's (WMO) Commission for Climatology Expert Team on Research Needs
for Intraseasonal, Seasonal and Interannual Prediction, including the
Application of these Predictions, took place from 23-26 September 2008, at US
National Weather Service headquarters in Maryland, US.
24 September 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has
announced the launch of the United Nations' Reduced Emissions from
Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) Programme, which aims to combat
climate change through creating incentives to reverse deforestation trends.
24 September 2008: The International Labor Organization
(ILO), UN Environment Programme (UNEP), International Trade Union Confederation
and the International Organization of Employers have released the first
comprehensive study on the emergence of a “green economy” and its impact on the
world of work.
September 2008: The UN Department of Economic and Social
Affairs has prepared a policy brief on “An integrated approach needed for the
growing threat of climate-related insecurity.”
23 September 2008: In his speech to the opening of the
General Debate of the 63rd session of the UN General Assembly, UN Secretary-General
Ban Ki-moon recalled that the global food, energy and financial crises, as well
as the challenge of climate change, demand global solutions.