1 July 2008: In his
address to the Annual Ministerial Review of the High-level Segment of the 2008
Substantive Session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Ahmed
Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD),
stressed that the UN's priority challenges as identified by the UN
Secretary-General – natural disasters, climate change, the food crisis and the
surge in fuel prices – are deeply rooted in the unprecedented loss of
2008: On the occasion of the fourteenth United Nations International Day of
Cooperatives, celebrated on 5 July 2008, Juan Somavia, Director-General of the
International Labour Organization (ILO), delivered a message on confronting
climate change through cooperative enterprise.
The thirteenth World Water Congress will take place in Montpellier, France, from 1-4
September 2008, and will be organized under the theme “Global Changes and Water
Resources: Confronting the Expanding and Diversifying Pressures.”
1 July 2008: During the
month of July 2008, the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat is hosting an
Internet forum on “Forests and Climate Change.” Input from this discussion will
feed into the discussion on this theme at the eighth session of the UNFF, which
will convene from 20 April-1 May 2009, in New York, US.
June 2008: In an effort to
engage vulnerable groups in international debates on climate change, the UN
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Coasts and Small Islands Platform and Local
and Indigenous Knowledge Systems Programme has launched an Internet-based
discussion forum on climate change.
27 June 2008: The first-ever international meeting to
discuss the role of groundwater in improving livelihoods in Africa under
conditions of rapid development and climate change, and one of the first
conferences in the world to discuss the impacts of development and climate
variability and change on groundwater resources, has recently concluded.
5 July 2008: The Workshop on Biodiversity and Climate Change took place from 29 June to 4 July 2008, in Kushiro, Japan. It was co-organized by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Kushiro International Wetland Centre, in partnership with the Japan-UNDP Partnership Fund and the Secretariats of the Ramsar Convention and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
July 2008: This training course is organized by the UN
Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) office in Rabat and is
scheduled to take place from 13-17 October 2008 in Rabat, Morocco
25 June 2008: Many Strong Voices (MSV), a collaboration between Arctic and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) that seeks to promote the well-being of these areas vulnerable to climate change, released a five-year action plan on 25 June 2008.
2008: Four parallel meetings took place between 2-13 June 2008, in Bonn,
Germany, under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Kyoto
Protocol. The second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term
Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA), which was launched in Bali,
started its substantive work in Bonn, while the resumed fifth session of the Ad
Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the
Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) began the process of listing issues for further
negotiation, particularly on the Kyoto Protocol's market-based mechanisms and
on carbon sinks.