2008: The UN Office for Outer
Space Affairs is organizing a workshop on the theme ‘Building Upon Regional Space-based
Solutions for Disaster Management and Emergency Response for the Pacific
Region' to be held in Suva, Fiji, from 16-19 September 2008.
2008: The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and IUCN
have published a report entitled “Agricultural Ecosystems, Facts and Trends.”
The Report presents facts and figures on trends in agricultural production and
consumption to help governments, farmers, consumers and industry better
understand the challenges facing the sustainable management of agricultural
ecosystems, such as meeting demands from a fast-growing world population,
adapting to climate change impacts, and managing the natural resources of an
increasingly depleted planet.
July 2008: Through its Global Information and Early Warning System on Food and Agriculture (GIEWS), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) provides regularly updated information on
the current situation of global agriculture and food security.
24 July 2008: The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) concluded the
work of its general segment, adopting 15 resolutions and 8 decisions, including
on strengthening the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance.
23 July 2008: In a 23 July 2008 Notification, the
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is inviting parties
and relevant organizations to provide information on the status and trends of,
and threats to, mountain biological diversity, and progress made in the
implementation of the Programme of Work on Mountain Biological Diversity for
consideration by the fourteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific,
Technical and Technological Advice, tentatively scheduled to be held in
May/June 2010 in Bonn, Germany.
2008: Opening the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) discussion on ‘mainstreaming
a gender perspective into all UN policies and programmes, women and
development, and the advancement of women,' Rachel Mayanja, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on
Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, noted the particular vulnerability of
women to climate change and the food crisis.
23 July 2008: In an editorial published in the Financial Times, Mohamed ElBaradei, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), calls for the creation of an international organization on energy. In the article, which he indicates represents his personal views, ElBaradei describes the current energy crisis, stressing the need for environmentally friendly alternatives to fossil fuels and coordinated action on energy and
related issues, including climate change.
21 July 2008: In a letter to member States, UN General
Assembly President Srgjan Kerim expressed his hope that the Assembly would
adopt a resolution taking a principled stand, demonstrating its relevance, and
sending a strong political message in support of agreeing on a comprehensive
global framework in 2009.
21 July 2008:
The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Climate Neutral Network (CN Net)
announced that two Norwegian music festivals have joined the international
fight against climate change. The two festivals are the first music events to
sign on to CNNet, which aims to federate solutions and actions to realize a
low, even zero pollution, world.
21 July: In a Joint Communiqué adopted during the forty-first Association
of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial Meeting, which took place from
20-21 July 2008, in Singapore, Ministers addressed the issues of climate
change, the food and energy crises, and disaster relief.