26 October 2008: The UN kicked off its “UNite to Combat
Climate Change” campaign on 23 October 2008, with the “Paint for the Planet”
art exhibition. The exhibition was followed on 25 October 2008 by an auction
that raised US$21,000, which will be donated to children affected by
24 October 2008: The Sixth International Tourism Forum for
Parliamentarians and Local Authorities convened in Cebu, Philippines, from
22-24 October 2008. Attendees considered how national and local governments could
respond to the current economic downturn and maintain their commitments to
24 October 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) hosted the Global Business & Industry Dialogue on 23-24 October 2008, in Paris, France. This forum on climate change and resource efficiency brought together over 100 leaders from business, government and non-governmental organizations from developed and developing countries.
24 October 2008: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility
(FCPF), a World Bank programme that partners developing countries with
industrialized countries and The Nature Conservancy, a non-governmental
organization, in an effort to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest
degradation (REDD) in developing countries, convened its first operational
meeting from 20-22 October 2008, in Washington, DC, US. During the meeting, it
was decided that the programme should be expanded and that ten new developing
countries would be added to the 20 that had originally been selected.
25 October 2008: The report of the 43rd meeting of the
Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has been published and
is now available on the CDM website. The CDM Executive Board, which governs the
CDM, held its 43rd meeting from 22-24 October 2008, in Santiago, Chile.
24 October 2008: During the World Food Day observance at UN Headquarters in New York, US, celebrated on 23 October, the heads of the UN, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Clinton Global Initiative called for tackling the roots of the interrelated challenges of food security, high energy prices and climate change.
24 October 2008: During a UN System Chief Executives Board
Meeting, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need to support the poor
amid the global financial crisis, warning that gains made towards achieving the
Millennium Development Goals could be reversed. The meeting brought together
Executive Heads of the UN specialized agencies, funds and programmes and the
World Bank and International Monetary Fund to undertake a wide-ranging
assessment of the ongoing global crisis in financial markets and the threat of
recession in the global economy.
24 October 2008: Mayors and senior officials from 36 of the
world's largest cities gathered from 22-24 October 2008, in Tokyo, Japan, for
talks on how to fight global warming in the latest meeting of the so-called C40
23 October 2008: On accepting the UN Association-New York Humanitarians of the Year Award, in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon thanked the Association for paying tribute to all the scientists, advocates and others “who have done so much at the UN to advance the climate change agenda over the years.” He underlined that turning away from the climate challenge while addressing the financial crisis would be “a double blow,” stressing the “enormous benefits” that can be drawn from making the transition to a low-carbon economy and addressing “one of the defining issues of our times.”
23 October 2008: The UN Human Settlements Programme
(UN-HABITAT) has launched “State of the World's Cities 2008/2009: Harmonious
Cities,” a flagship report published every two years by the UN agency.