29 October 2008: Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN
Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) told a news conference at UN
Headquarters, NY, US, that “the nexus between land degradation and climate
change is clear,” with global warming being likely to lead to more extreme
weather events, which could lead to soil erosion and loss of land cover.
29 October 2008: On the sidelines of the 10th Conference of Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, taking place in Changwon, Republic of Korea, from 28 October-4 November 2008, the Ramsar Secretariat, the Danone Group and IUCN have entered into a partnership targeting climate change.
28 October 2008: The Second Committee on Economic and Financial issues, of the 63rd UN General Assembly (UNGA), considered the report of the Secretary-General on the Implementation of the Outcome of the UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) and strengthening of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) (document A/63/291).
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.”
28 October 2008: The Committee on Earth Observation
Satellites (CEOS) has prepared an updated report on progress by space agencies
involved in global observations in implementing actions in response to the Global
Climate Observing System (GCOS) implementation plan. The report was submitted
to the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice, which
will hold its 29th session in Poznan, Poland, from 1-10 December 2008.
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
27 October 2008: The Second Committee of the UN General
Assembly considered, on 27 October 2008, the Secretary-General's note on
Implementation of UN environmental conventions, transmitting the report
submitted by the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, and the report of the
Secretary-General on implementation of the UN Convention to Combat
Desertification (UNCCD) and the outcome of the observance of the International
Year of Deserts and Desertification (Document A/63/294).
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 Sixth International Tourism Forum for
Parliamentarians and Local Authorities convened in Cebu, Philippines, from
22-24 October 2008. Attendees considered how national and local governments could
respond to the current economic downturn and maintain their commitments to