5 August 2008: China has made an effort to improve the
sustainability of the Olympic Games and improve the air quality in Beijing,
according to a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Publication published in late
2007, ‘Beijing 2008 Olympic Games: An environmental review.'
August 2008: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC) has posted a number of documents in preparation for its twenty-ninth
session and the celebration of its 20th anniversary, which will take place from
31 August to 4 September 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland.
August 2008: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the
UNECE/FAO Forest Products Annual Market Review, 2007-2008. The Review, based on
the theme ‘Green building's impact on the forest sector in the UNECE region,'
covers all forest products market sectors as well as interlinked policy
developments in the UNECE region of Europe, North America and the CIS.
6 August 2008: The World Bank, the UN International Strategy
for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction
and Recovery (GFDRR) have released an interactive report entitled ‘Climate
Resilient Cities,' which provides cities and their governments with guidelines
to reduce their vulnerability to climate change and strengthen disaster risk
4 August 2008: In an address to the Joint Session of the
Mexican Senate and Chamber of Deputies, UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon,
noted their pivotal role in bridging the local and global, highlighting the
three inter-related challenges faced by the world today, namely, a climate
crisis, a food crisis, and an emerging development emergency.
4 August 2008: The latest issue of Tropical Timber Market
Report, a publication of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO),
provides an overview of carbon markets and reducing emissions from
deforestation and degradation (REDD). In addition to highlighting
climate-related forest experiences in several ITTO producer and consumer
countries, this issue discusses the potential contribution of the carbon market
to offsetting carbon emissions and how forest-related activities could
potentially be included in a post-2012 climate regime.
4 August 2008: The
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has released its 2007 Annual Report,
which notes that the nuclear development is increasingly shaped by issues
linked to concerns over and climate change, food and energy.
3 August 2008: The fifteenth Summit meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), held from 2-3 August 2008, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, concluded with the adoption of the Colombo Declaration and the Colombo Statement on Food Security. In the Declaration, entitled “Partnership for Growth for Our People,” the Heads of State and Government reiterate the need for increased regional cooperation in tackling climate change, in particular for capacity building, the development of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects, and awareness raising.
1 August 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on
Biological Diversity (CBD) has announced, in a notification, that the state
government of Parana in Brazil has delivered on its commitment to offset all
carbon emissions arising out of the CBD Secretariat's operations between the
ninth and the tenth Conference of the Parties (COP), including the travel of
funded party representatives to attend official CBD meetings, estimated at
around 10,200 tons of carbon equivalent.
1 August 2008: The fifty-fourth Conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and associated events is taking
place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 1-10 August 2008. On 8 August, a workshop
on collaboration among Large and Small States through International
Organizations to Respond to Climate Change will be held to examine the
Commonwealth Climate Action Plan, which was adopted on 24 November 2007 in
Kampala, Uganda at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.