17 November 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has
appointed Margareta Wahlström (Sweden) as Assistant Secretary-General for
Disaster Risk Reduction and the Secretary-General's Special Representative for
the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action in the Secretariat for the
International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR).
18 November 2008: The Workshop on Climate Change Impacts and
Adaptation to Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries at the National and Regional
Levels, jointly co-organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO),
the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Southeast Climate Consortium
(SECC) of the US, opened on 18 November 2008 in Orlando, Florida, US, and will
conclude on 21 November.
17 November 2008: The UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), supported by the
Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation, are launching a programme to increase access
by farmers in developing countries to weather-indexed insurance schemes.
17 November 2008: On 14 and 15 November 2008, UN
Secretary-General was in Washington, DC, US, to take part in the Group of 20
(G20) Financial Summit. In a statement to the assembled leaders, Ban Ki-moon
stated that “today's financial crisis should not evolve into tomorrow's human
crisis,” adding that leaders should not use it to justify neglecting other
critical issues such as poverty and hunger, the food crisis, and climate
14 November 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
launched its “Kick the Carbon Habit” Education Campaign with a meeting of the
new North American Youth Network from 14-16 November 2008, in Chicago, US.
November: The second European Science Foundation (ESF)
Science Policy Conference and Assembly will be held from 26-28 November 2008, in
Stockholm, Sweden, and will be organized around the theme “Global Challenges
and the Need for Cooperation: Lessons Learnt from Global Change.”
14 November 2008: The Better Air Quality 2008 workshop,
which took place from 12-14 November 2008, in Bangkok, Thailand, brought
together about 1,000 participants from over 35 countries and was organized
around the theme: “Air quality and climate change: scaling up win-win solutions
13 November 2008: The World Bank is moving ahead with the
Energy for the Poor initiative, a programme that seeks to provide rapid support
for countries' efforts to strengthen social safety nets to reduce the poor's
vulnerability to volatile fuel prices.
13 November 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
released a report on Atmospheric Brown Clouds (ABCs) that shows that, in
addition to affecting agriculture and human health, this layer of soot and
manmade particles can both aggravate, via the absorption of sunlight, and
counteract, via the reflection of sunlight and effects on cloud formation,
climate change due to greenhouse gases.
November 2008: The Second Conference on Adaptation to
Climate Change in Developing Countries will convene on 25 November 2008, in The
Hague, the Netherlands. Plenary speakers will include representatives from the
World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as decision makers
from the EU and developing countries.