July 2008: The World Ports Climate
Conference took place from 9-11 July 2008 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and was
organized around the theme “World
Ports for a Better Climate.” The conference brought together participants representing over 50 ports from 35
countries and concluded with the adoption of the World Port Climate
Declaration, in which they committed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
and improve air quality.
July 2008: The UN Climate Change Secretariat has announced the launch of its
fellowship programme, which aims to contribute to building capacity for
addressing climate change in parties not included in Annex I to the Convention,
in particular parties that are small
island developing States or Least Developed Countries.
10 July 2008: In the North-East Gallery of the UN Visitors'
Lobby, an exhibit entitled “The Amazon Forest & Climate Change” opened on
10 July 2008, and will be on display until 6 August 2008.
2008: The UN University (UNU) has launched a new website on the challenges of
climate change, peak oil and the food crisis.
July 2008: The first environmentally-friendly hydro and solar power-generating
center has been inaugurated by the UN Industrial Development Organization
(UNIDO) in a rural community in Kenya.
1 July 2008:The World Bank signed its first greenhouse gas emission
reductions purchase agreement in Egypt, for a municipal solid waste-composting
project. The facility will feature waste sorting for recovery of recyclables
and aerobic composting of organic waste, reducing the amount of methane and
other greenhouse gases emitted from the landfill site.
8 July 2008: The Asian Development Bank
(ADB) has established a new fund to finance clean energy projects, in the
Asia-Pacific region, that generate carbon credits beyond 2012. “The new fund will provide an incentive
for the ADB's developing member countries to scale up energy efficiency and the
use of renewable energy sources that will contribute to both climate change
mitigation and enhanced energy security,” ADB Vice President Ursula
July 2008: In a series of statements and articles over the past two weeks, UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has emphasized the linkages between the food
crisis, climate change and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals
1 July 2008: The
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched the Report Global
Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment 2008: Analysis of Trends and Issues in
the Financing of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. The Report notes
record breaking investment levels in the sustainable energy sector during 2007,
with over US$148 billion of new investment, an increase of 60% over 2006,
largely driven by wind power.