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.
14 September 2008: Speaking at the Sixteenth Environment
Congress for Asia and the Pacific, which took place in Nagoya, Japan, from
13-14 September 2008, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on
Biological Diversity (CBD), underscored the unprecedented rate of biodiversity
loss due to the pressures on the planet's natural functions caused by human
September 2008: The International Food Policy Research
Institute (IFPRI) has released an advance copy of its report entitled ‘Global
Food Crises: Monitoring and Assessing Impact to Inform Policy Responses.'
September 2008: An International Symposium on ‘Resolving the Water-Energy Nexus' will be held in Paris, France, from 26-28 November 2008. The Symposium will convene within the framework of the UN Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) International Hydrological Programme (IHP) in collaboration with UNESCO's Renewable Energy Programme, and will be organized by the non-profit association RED-Ethique.
11 September 2008: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has
released the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Report 2008, which finds that
the strong and sustained progress in reducing extreme poverty achieved by the
world is being undercut by higher prices, particularly of food and oil, and the
global economic slowdown.
11 September 2008: Ahmed Djoghlaf, Convention on Biological
Diversity (CBD) Executive Secretary, has announced that the first meeting of
the CBD Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Biodiversity and Climate
Change will convene from 17-21 November 2008, in London, UK.
15 September 2008: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) is
holding its third meeting from 15-18 September 2008, at the United Nations
Campus in Bonn, Germany. At its second meeting in June, the Board adopted a
Work Plan for 2008, Legal Arrangements for the Adaptation Fund (AF)
Secretariat, an outline for Operational Policies and Guidelines for Parties to
Access Resources from the AF, and Roles and Responsibilities of Implementing
and Executing Entities.
10 September 2008: Presenting his report on the status of
the Community Work Programme, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, President of the Economic
Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, highlighted the economic
impacts of the increase of food and commodity prices in West African States.