1 July 2008:The World Bank signed its first greenhouse gas emission
reductions purchase agreement in Egypt, for a municipal solid waste-composting
project. The facility will feature waste sorting for recovery of recyclables
and aerobic composting of organic waste, reducing the amount of methane and
other greenhouse gases emitted from the landfill site.
July 2008: In a series of statements and articles over the past two weeks, UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has emphasized the linkages between the food
crisis, climate change and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals
July 2008: In a joint statement, the heads of the Food and Agriculture
Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural
Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) urged G8 leaders to
“strike a decisive blow in the fight against hunger and poverty” by reversing
the decline in agricultural investment, which has been one of the underlying
causes of the current world food crisis.”
July 2008: In a contribution to a G8 special report published by the Financial
Times, Lennart Båge, President of the International Fund for Agricultural
Development (IFAD), said the G8 Summit being held from 7-9 July 2008, in Japan,
represents a “unique opportunity to start undoing the damage wrought by decades
of neglect of agriculture.”
1 July 2008: The
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched the Report Global
Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment 2008: Analysis of Trends and Issues in
the Financing of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. The Report notes
record breaking investment levels in the sustainable energy sector during 2007,
with over US$148 billion of new investment, an increase of 60% over 2006,
largely driven by wind power.
July 2008: Nine young people representing the participants in the “Junior 8” (J8)
Summit, held in Chitose City, Hokkaido, Japan, from 2-9 July 2008, presented
their proposals for global development to the leaders of the Group of Eight Industrialized
Countries (G8), in an initiative led by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).
June 2008: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Microsoft held
discussions on extending the collaboration between the two organizations to
help achieve development goals, inter
alia, through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs).
July 2008: The theme of this year's World Food Day (WFD), to be held 16 October
2008 in Québec City, Canada, will be “World Food Security: the Challenges of
Climate Change and Bioenergy.” “Rarely has WFD assumed greater meaning than at
the present time, as rapidly rising food prices risk increasing the number of
hungry people,” said Sidaty Aidara, Chief of WFD events at the Food and
Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).
18 June 2008: The UN Conference on Trade and
Development's (UNCTAD) Working Party on the Medium-term Plan
and Programme Budget met from 16–18 June 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland, and discussed
a work plan for the implementation of the outcomes of the twelfth UNCTAD, held in Accra,
The World Bank has launched a web site on climate change in the Middle East and
North Africa region (MENA).