6 November 2008: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
announced that a conference on Oceans Observation (OceanObs) entitled “Ocean
Information for Society: Sustaining the Benefits, Realizing the Potential,”
would take place from 21-25 September 2009, in Venice, Italy.
November 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risoe
Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development has announced calls for
clean development mechanism (CDM) and voluntary market projects in Benin and
Mali for project sponsors who want to participate in CDM capacity building
workshops to be held in the two countries.
3 November 2008: The UN Environment Programme, (UNEP), with
the EU Member States Defense Environment Network, the US Department of Defense,
the Institute for Environmental Security, the US Environmental Protection
Agency, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Institute
for Defense Analysis, and the Environment and Security Initiative, is
co-sponsoring a meeting from 3-5 November 2008 in Paris, France, on “The
Importance of Military Organizations in Protecting the Climate: 2008.”
31 October 2008: The Sixth World Forum on Sustainable
Development took place in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, from 27-30 October
2008, and was organized with the participation of several institutions,
including the UN Environment Programme, the UN Development Programme, the UN
Food and Agriculture Organization, the African Union, the African Development
Bank, the Economic Commission for Africa, and the World Environment Fund.
26 October 2008: The UN kicked off its “UNite to Combat
Climate Change” campaign on 23 October 2008, with the “Paint for the Planet”
art exhibition. The exhibition was followed on 25 October 2008 by an auction
that raised US$21,000, which will be donated to children affected by
24 October 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) hosted the Global Business & Industry Dialogue on 23-24 October 2008, in Paris, France. This forum on climate change and resource efficiency brought together over 100 leaders from business, government and non-governmental organizations from developed and developing countries.
21 October 2008: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN
Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have submitted
reports on progress in the implementation of Article 4, paragraphs 8 and 9, of
the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and of decision 1/CP.10
to the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Implementation, which will hold its 29th
session in Poznan, Poland, from 1-10 December 2008.
23 October 2008: The Third Congress on Women in Politics and
Governance: Focus on Gender, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)
took place from 19-22 October 2008, in Manila, Philippines. The event was
organized by the Center for Asia-Pacific Women in Politics in partnership with
the UN/International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), the UN
Development Programme (UNDP), and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), among
22 October 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a Green Economy Initiative, which seeks to respond to the global economic downturn by focusing economic growth and job creation in environmental industries.
17 October 2008: The sixteenth session of the Global Climate
Observing System (GCOS) Steering Committee took place from 14-17 October 2008,
in Geneva, Switzerland. The GCOS Steering Committee is a group of experts
selected for their personal expertise and appointed jointly by the GCOS
sponsoring organizations – the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the
International Council for Science (ICSU) – to formulate the overall concept and
scope of GCOS and to provide scientific and technical guidance to the
sponsoring and participating agencies for the planning, implementation and
further development of GCOS. Committee members were presented with an overview
of key activities over the past year and with feedback from sponsors regarding
future development of GCOS.