25 July 2008: At the first global scientific conference of the Global Cassava Partnership, held from 21-24 July, 2008 in Ghent, Belgium, scientists and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) called for a significant increase in investment in research and development needed to boost farmers' yields and explore promising industrial uses of cassava, including biofuels production.
25 July 2008: At the conclusion of the first South Africa-EU Summit, held in Bordeaux, France,
participants adopted a Declaration on Climate Change in which they agreed on the
need to conclude
negotiations by the end of 2009 on a strengthened and effective global
agreement for the climate change regime post 2012.
24 July 2008: The Draft Declaration of Commitment for the Fifth Summit of the Americas was presented during a meeting of National Coordinators of the Summit Implementation Review Group held at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington DC, US.
2008: This year's theme for the UN International Youth Day (IYD), which is
celebrated on 12 August, will be “Youth
and Climate Change: Time for Action.” IYD aims to provide the
opportunity to recognize the potential of youth, celebrate their achievements,
and bring together all stakeholders to ensure that young people are included in
decision-making at all levels.
16 July 2008: The 69th UN Economic Commission for Europe's (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management is scheduled to take place from 22-23 September in Geneva, Switzerland.
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: PostEurop, a
Restricted Union representing 48 European public postal operators, has agreed
to form a joint technical committee with the Universal Postal Union's (UPU)
Sustainable Development Project Group, which will establish measures to reduce the
sector's carbon dioxide emissions.
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.