16 October 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is launching a bi-monthly e-newsletter to inform CBD National Focal Points and other interested recipients about biodiversity aspects in relation to “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation” (REDD).
16 October 2008: On World Food Day (WFD), the heads of UN agencies called attention to the ongoing crisis of hunger and its interrelations with climate change and rising fuel prices.
15 October 2008: In his message on the occasion of World Food Day, celebrated on 16 October 2008, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), stressed that “biodiversity, the foundation of all crops and domesticated livestock and the variety within them, is the basis for providing stability to agriculture.”
15 October 2008: The UN Fourth Committee (Special Political
and Decolonization) concluded its general debate on international cooperation
in the peaceful uses of outer space with a broad agreement on the value of
shared space technologies as a tool for sustainable development and disaster
15 October 2008: The newly released Gender in Agriculture Sourcebook investigates the situation of women in the rural workforce and how some of the challenges they face can be overcome. Developed in cooperation between the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Bank, the sourcebook is intended to be used both as a reference and as a tool book for agricultural development. It also addresses cross-cutting issues, including gender dimensions of climate change and bioenergy.
14 October 2008: The World Health Organization (WHO)
Regional Office for Europe, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and
the European Food Safety Authority held a seminar in Rome, Italy, in
conjunction with the celebration of World Food Day (16 October), to discuss
health implications of climate impacts on nutrition, food and water safety.
16 October 2008: The second symposium on “The Ocean in a
High CO2 World” convened from 6-9 October 2008, at the Oceanography Museum of
Monaco, sponsored by, inter alia, the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research,
the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Committee of the UN Educational, Scientific
and Cultural Organization (IOC-UNESCO), and the International Atomic Energy
Agency's (IAEA) Marine Environmental Laboratory.
14 October 2008: UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose
Migiro presented the Secretary-General's proposal for strengthening the
development pillar of the UN Secretariat to the Fifth Committee of the General
Assembly, which deals with administrative and budgetary matters, Underlining
the importance of concerted international action in addressing development
challenges, she stressed the intensifying effects of climate change, the food
and energy crises, and the global financial turmoil.
14 October 2008: During the debate on international
cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space by the Fourth Committee (Special
Political and Decolonization) of the 63rd General Assembly, Ciro Arévalo Yepes,
Chairman of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, underscored the
role space technology could play in addressing climate change, food security
9 October 2008: The Government of Canada, the UN
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Pacific
Islands News Association are supporting an initiative of the Secretariat of the
Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), to train 14 journalists from
throughout the Pacific region on environmental issues, including climate