September 2008: The 2008 International Day for Disaster
Reduction, celebrated on 8 October, will focus on making hospitals and health
facilities safe from disaster. The Day will be part of the UN International
Strategy for Disaster Reduction's (UN/ISDR) new World Disaster Reduction
Campaign 2008-2009: Hospitals Safe from Disasters.
18 September 2008: The UN Secretary-General has appointed
Festus Mogae, former President of Botswana, and Srgjan Kerim, outgoing
President of the UN General Assembly, as Special Envoys on climate change.
September 2008: The Tenth Global Meeting of the Regional
Seas Conventions and Action Plans will take place in Guayaquil, Ecuador, from
25-27 November 2008.
17 September 2008: Forest stakeholders gathered in
Washington, DC, US, on 16-17 September 2008, to agree on a new set of
principles for sustainable forest management (SFM) and its central role in
combating climate change.
17 September 2008: The World Meteorological Organization
(WMO) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) have agreed
to increase their cooperation in the development of international standards
related to meteorological and hydrological data, products and services.
16 September 2008: Marking International Day for the
Preservation of the Ozone Layer, which was celebrated on 16 September 2008, the
World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released data showing that the ozone
hole is already larger in 2008 than it was in 2007, emphasized that the need
for continued ozone measurements to monitor the ozone hole, and highlighted the
Montreal Protocol's climate benefits.
16 September 2008: On the occasion of the International Day
for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of
the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), noted the success that the
Montreal Protocol has achieved through international cooperation.
15 September 2008: Leaders of the Rome-based UN agencies,
the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), World Food Programme
(WFP) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), together with
the World Bank, presented a common statement to the European Parliament's
Development Committee, urging it to take the lead in providing assistance to
help farmers cope with surging food and commodity prices.
16 September 2008: The European Parliament's Development Committee has adopted a report arguing that the budget proposed by the European Commission to help developing countries fight climate change is not enough, and suggesting that the Global Climate Change Alliance should receive at least 25% of the revenue of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.
15 September 2008: Noting that media interest in climate
change issues has been fading since the release of the Intergovernmental Panel
on Climate Change's Fourth Assessment Report in November 2008, UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the importance of cooperation among
all sectors of society to tackle this challenge.