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9 December 2008: The ninth National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment, organized by the US National Council for Science and Environment under the theme of “Biodiversity in a Rapidly Changing World,” took place in Washington DC, US, from 8-10 December 2008. Addressing the Conference, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), provided an overview of the CBD and its programmes of work, and called for ratification by the US.
3 December: UNIDO Director-General Kandeh Yumkella and UN System Resident Coordinator for China Khalid Malik have launched a joint UNIDO-UNDP programme titled “Industrial Climate Change Compacts - A United Nations-Business Partnership for Sustainability.”
9 December 2008: The High-level Regional Policy Dialogue on “The Food-Fuel Crisis and Climate Change – Reshaping the Development Agenda,” organized by the Government of Indonesia and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), is convening in Denpasar, Indonesia, from 9-10 December 2008. The dialogue aims to identify strategies to address the impact of the food, energy and financial crises on Asia and the Pacific in the context of climate change, and prevent the triple crises from becoming a development emergency.
9 December 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have announced the completion of the nearly US$1 million Joint Geophysical Imaging project in Kenya. The project tested new seismic and drilling techniques to tap steam from hot underground rocks, and found wells of steam able to generate 4-5 MW of electricity, with one well yielding 8 MW.
8 December 2008: On 2 December 2008, the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) promulgated its first 2008-2009 Climate Neutral Policy and Strategy, which was formulated in response to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's call and the 2008 decision of the UN Chief Executives Board to move the UN System towards climate neutral operations over the coming years.
8 December 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and three solar companies have issued a joint statement calling for widespread and rapid implementation of policies supporting solar energy as a major contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction.
8 December 2008: In a press conference held during the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, taking place in Poznan, Poland, Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), noted that the financial crisis presents an opportunity to tackle climate change by investing in energy efficiency and clean technologies. He added that this ‘Clean Energy New Deal' will not only generate economic growth, but also enhance energy security.
6 December 2008: The second Forest Day event was held in Poznań, Poland, to facilitate discussions on the potential to incorporate forests into climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies at the global and national levels. Taking place in parallel with the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the UNFCCC, Forest Day 2 was co-hosted by the Centre for International Forest Research (CIFOR), the Government of Poland and the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), a partnership of 14 forest-related international organizations, chaired by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.
5 December 2008: The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) has opened a funding window for civil-society and non-governmental organizations involved in projects for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). The call is issued under UN-REDD, a collaborative initiative between the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the UN Development Programme and the UN Environment Programme. Support will be granted for two categories of projects: analysis, strategy and policy development for REDD; and demonstration projects on the ground that contribute to REDD in developing countries.