19 November 2008: The Icelandic singer Björk endorsed
“CoolPlanet2009,” an initiative recently announced by the UN Regional
Information Centre (UNRIC) for Western Europe that aims to raise public
awareness on the impacts of global warming and to mobilize support for new
commitments under climate change agreement, once the Kyoto Protocol's first
commitment period ends in 2012.
18 November 2008: During his first visit to the World
Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
reaffirmed WIPO's unique role within the UN system in promoting intellectual
property, innovations and investment in new technology, which are crucial to
stimulate economic development and to tackle the current financial, climate,
food and oil crisis.
17 November 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has
launched, with Green Cross International and the UN Office for the Coordination
of Humanitarian Affairs, the Green Star Awards.
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).
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
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.
14 November 2008: In a video message to the Second Annual
Sustainability Summit, organized by the Los Angeles Business Council on 14
November 2008, in Los Angeles, California, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
stressed the need to be “more creative” in our efforts to change the course of
the unfolding “carbon crunch” and climate change crisis.
11 November 2008: In a joint op-ed piece published in The International Herald Tribune on 10 November 2008 with Indonesian President
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and Danish Prime
Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for the
summit on the global financial crisis, scheduled to be held on 15 November
2008, in Washington DC, US, to seize the opportunity to tackle global warming.
11 November 2008: In his monthly press conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon indicated that the global financial crisis continues to be a priority, and noted that it presents an opportunity to address climate change
since “green growth can create millions of jobs” at a time of economic hardship.
8 November 2008: The high-level conference on “Climate
Change: Technology Development and Technology Transfer,” which took place in
Beijing, China, from 7-8 November 2008, was co-hosted by the UN Department of
Economic and Social Affairs, and supported by the UN Foundation.