30 October 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held a
meeting in New Delhi, India, with leading Indian business leaders and Rajendra
Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Director-
General of TERI, to discuss the corporate initiatives undertaken by the TERI
Business Council to reduce the impact of climate change.
29 October 2008: In a speech delivered at the University of
Philippines, in Manila, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon indicated that his
“most immediate concern” was that the financial crisis could “eclipse the
global effort to address climate change.” He noted that, while developing
countries face the same pressures as the US and Europe, they lack the resources
to tackle the crisis.
28 October 2008: In a video message to the tenth meeting of
the Conference of the Contracting Parties of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands,
taking place in Changwon, Republic of Korea, from 28 October-4 November 2008,
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the appropriateness of the
conference's theme, “Healthy wetlands, healthy people.”
27 October 2008: In a speech delivered on 24 October 2008,
in New York, US, at the concert for UN Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
welcomed Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, who were performing, as well as
the Heads of UN agencies and programmes who had gathered for the biannual
meeting of the UN System Chief Executives Board.
23 October 2008: The UN has issued an international postage
stamp set and informational booklet about global warming, exclusively using
photographs from Gary Braasch's book “Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming is
Changing the World.” The publication is part of the UN's “Year of Planet Earth”
22 October 2008: The Office of the UN High Commissioner for
Human Rights (OHCHR) convened an open-ended consultation meeting on the
relationship between climate change and human rights on 22 October 2008, in
24 October 2008: During a UN System Chief Executives Board
Meeting, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need to support the poor
amid the global financial crisis, warning that gains made towards achieving the
Millennium Development Goals could be reversed. The meeting brought together
Executive Heads of the UN specialized agencies, funds and programmes and the
World Bank and International Monetary Fund to undertake a wide-ranging
assessment of the ongoing global crisis in financial markets and the threat of
recession in the global economy.
23 October 2008: On accepting the UN Association-New York Humanitarians of the Year Award, in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon thanked the Association for paying tribute to all the scientists, advocates and others “who have done so much at the UN to advance the climate change agenda over the years.” He underlined that turning away from the climate challenge while addressing the financial crisis would be “a double blow,” stressing the “enormous benefits” that can be drawn from making the transition to a low-carbon economy and addressing “one of the defining issues of our times.”
23 October 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN
Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Kemal Dervis participated in an
informal discussion with five eminent economists at UN Headquarters in New
York, US, on 23 October 2008. The talks focused on the global financial crisis
and its expected impact on efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
21 October 2008: Speaking at the ninth Regional Consultation
Mechanism (RCM) meeting of UN agencies and organizations working in Africa,
which took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, UN Deputy Secretary-General
Asha-Rose Migiro warned that the global financial crisis, compounded by food
shortages and the effects of climate change, could “derail Africa's prospects”
of attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).