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.
12 September 2008: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) released a tool known as the “Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard” during the fourth Annual Western Hemisphere Energy Security and Cooperation Forum, held on 9 September 2008, at IDB's headquarters in Washington, DC, US.
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.
11 September 200
8: A workshop on climate product generation,
user liaison and training in Polar Regions, co-organized under the World
Meteorological Organization's (WMO) project on Climate Information and
Prediction Services (CLIPS) by the World Climate Research Programme and the
Committee for International Polar Year, took place from 8-11 September 2008, in
St. Petersburg, Russian Federation. Workshop
September 2008: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
Secretariat submitted, at the second meeting of the International Conference
Organizing Committee on 3-5 September 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland, the draft
notes for a ministerial statement to be adopted at the World Climate
11 September 2008: The European Commission has launched a call for tenders for an external service provider to assist in establishing and running a network of projects to demonstrate the use of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology in power plants.
10 September 2008: In a speech at Fairleigh Dickinson University, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki moon outlined the challenges of the world today, including climate change, the food and energy crises, and the fear of a global financial crisis.
9 September 2008: In a lecture given at the Korea Green
Foundation, in Seoul, Republic of Korea, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, provided an overview of climate change science and the state-of-play of negotiations under the Bali
Road Map. Noting that the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol will
end in 2012 and that science predicts warming will happen faster than
previously thought, he called for international action to combat climate change
to be “stepped up significantly.”
8 September 2008: In his address to the “Asia-Pacific Security Challenges: Implications for Europe and the Atlantic Alliance” Conference, held in Prague, Czech Republic, from 7-9 September 2008, Nobuo Tanaka, International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director, focused on the energy implications of the rise of Asian economies and the need for a global energy revolution.