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).
1 July 2008: The
World Bank's Board of Executive Directors, meeting on 1 July 2008, approved two
Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) following an extensive public consultation
process that culminated with an agreement on the CIFs by 40 developing and
industrialized countries in Potsdam, Germany, on 21-22 May 2008. The establishment of the CIFs was also endorsed by
the G8 Finance Ministers who met in
Osaka, Japan, in June 2008.
4 July 2008: At the
fifth Magdeburg Environmental Forum held from 3-4 July 2008, in Magdeburg,
Germany, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and car manufacturer
Daimler called for the establishment of infrastructure for electric and
2008: On the occasion of the fourteenth United Nations International Day of
Cooperatives, celebrated on 5 July 2008, Juan Somavia, Director-General of the
International Labour Organization (ILO), delivered a message on confronting
climate change through cooperative enterprise.
1 July 2008: During the
month of July 2008, the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat is hosting an
Internet forum on “Forests and Climate Change.” Input from this discussion will
feed into the discussion on this theme at the eighth session of the UNFF, which
will convene from 20 April-1 May 2009, in New York, US.