24 April 2009: The Indigenous People's Global Summit on Climate Change, hosted by the Inuit Circumpolar Council, convened from 20-24 April 2009, in Anchorage, Alaska. The Summit was supported by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), the UN University (UNU), the Northern Forum and other international organizations, and attracted nearly 500 indigenous representatives, from 5,000 distinct indigenous groups across 80 nations, to discuss how to integrate indigenous views, policies, traditional values and visions into the global response to the challenges of climate change.
March 2009: The Bonn Dialogues on Global Environmental Change will be held as a special event of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development and will take place on 1 April 2009, in Bonn, Germany. Panelists will discuss the role of education, training and adaptation and coping strategies used to deal with the world's growing environmental hazards.
16 January 2009: The UN University (UNU) “World 2.0” blog has been awarded the prize for the best designed site by the world's largest Internet blog competition.
10 December 2008: At a side event to the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Poznań, Poland, the UN University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) launched a new report entitled “Innovation in Responding to Climate Change: Nanotechnology, Ocean Energy and Forestry.”
20 November 2008: Organized by Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education), the UN University (UNU) Institute of Advanced Studies Traditional Knowledge Initiative, the UN REDD Programme and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat, the Global Indigenous Peoples Consultation on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) was held from 12-14 November 2008, in Baguio City, the Philippines. Participants adopted a global indigenous peoples strategy on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.
12 November 2008: In
an address to the Global Indigenous Peoples Consultation on Reducing Emissions
from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD), taking place from 12-14
November 2008, in Baguio City, the Philippines, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention
on Biological Diversity (CBD), highlighted the opportunity for indigenous and
local communities to contribute to the formation and implementation of possible
solutions to climate change, such as REDD schemes, to ensure that their
traditional knowledge, rights and biological diversity are protected and
enhanced in the process.
23 October 2008: UN Day is observed annually worldwide on 24
October to commemorate the founding of the Organization in October 1945. To
celebrate UN Day 2008, the UN agencies in Japan will present a topical seminar
entitled “Climate Change: What We Can Do,” which aims to help the public better
understand the range of activities through which the UN is addressing the
challenge of climate change.
17 October 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on
Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the UN University's
Traditional Knowledge Initiative and Tebtebba, has announced the beneficiaries
of financial assistance for participation in the Global Indigenous Peoples'
Consultation on Potential Impacts of “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and
Forest Degradation (REDD)” on Indigenous and Local Communities (12-14 November
2008, Baguio City, Philippines).
9 October 2008: The UN University (UNU) is hosting the
International Conference on Environment, Forced Migration and Social
Vulnerability, which is taking place in Bonn, Germany, from 9-11 October 2008.
The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), UN Environment Programme
(UNEP), and International Organization for Migration (IOM) are among the
Conference's organizing partners. Participants have been asked to capture the
current state of research and debate on the issue, and to conclude with
recommendations for moving forward.
7 September 2008: Experts gathered from 7-9 September 2008,
in Akureyri, Iceland, for the Polar Law Symposium, hosted by the UN University
(UNU) and the University of Akureyri, to discuss new challenges arising in the
Arctic and Antarctic.