20 November 2008: The seventh session of the World
Meteorological Organization (WMO) Observing System Research and Predictability
Experiment (THORPEX) International Core Steering Committee convened at WMO
headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, from 18-20 November 2008.
19 November 2008: In a speech to the African Conference of
Ministers in Charge of Environment on Climate Change for Post-2012, which
convened in Algiers, Algeria, from 19-20 November 2008, UNFCCC Executive
Secretary Yvo de Boer said an agreed outcome at Copenhagen must be more
Africa-friendly and spur enabling support for the continent.
17 November 2008: The World Meteorological Organization
(WMO) Aircraft Meteorological Data Relay (AMDAR) Panel convened from 17-21
November 2008, in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, to discuss ways to broaden its
19 November 2008: Speaking at the 35th Special Session of
the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Conference, taking place from 18-22
November 2008, in Rome, Italy, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf outlined a
strategy for a new global system for food security that would ensure that
production meets growing demand in the face of climate change and the need for
19 November 2008: The 15th meeting of the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for
Impact and Climate Analysis (TGICA) opened on 19 November 2008, at the World
Meteorological Organization (WMO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and will
conclude on 21 November.
18 November 2008: The Second Committee (Economic and
Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), at its 63rd session, approved by
consensus a draft resolution calling on the international community to step up
assistance to countries affected by the El Niño phenomenon.
17 November 2008: Addressing the first meeting of the Ad Hoc
Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Biodiversity and Climate Change of the
Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which is meeting from 17-21 November
2008, in London, UK, CBD Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf recalled that the
Group's objective is to provide biodiversity-relevant information to the UNFCCC
through the provision of scientific and technical advice and assessment on the
integration of the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity into
climate change mitigation and adaptation activities.
17 November 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has
launched, with Green Cross International and the UN Office for the Coordination
of Humanitarian Affairs, the Green Star Awards.
17 November 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has
appointed Margareta Wahlström (Sweden) as Assistant Secretary-General for
Disaster Risk Reduction and the Secretary-General's Special Representative for
the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action in the Secretariat for the
International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR).
14 November 2008: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council re-elected Monique Barbut as CEO during its biannual meeting, which took place from 11-13 November 2008, in Washington DC, US. The Council also renewed efforts to scale up technology transfer to developing countries looking to mitigate and adapt to climate change challenges, by approving projects amounting to US$50 million for climate-related activities.