21 July 2008:
The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) continued the General Segment of
its Substantive Session with a panel discussion on “An inclusive and coherent approach to climate
change: The role of the UN system,” which was chaired by Jean-Marc Hoscheit (Luxembourg), Vice-President of
the Council. Noting the urgency of addressing the threat of climate change and
the need for system-wide action, he explained that the ECOSOC's discussion was
centered on how the UN is coordinating its response to
the post-Bali road map of negotiations.
July 2008: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has announced the
development of a new database on the world's soils. This database seeks to
improve knowledge of current and future land productivity, as well as the
carbon storage and carbon sequestration potential of the world's soils. Using
the database, the FAO has also produced a global Carbon Gap Map, which allows
for the identification of areas where soil carbon storage is greatest and the
physical potential for billions of tons of additional carbon to be sequestrated
in degraded soils.
17 July 2008: Ministers at the Sixth UK-Caribbean Forum, which took place in London, UK, from 14-16 July 2008, highlighted the threat posed by climate change to security and prosperity, and agreed to continue to raise awareness of the threats of climate change and to work towards a rapid transition to a low carbon economy.
17 July 2008: The Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (APP) held a breakfast briefing on 17 July 2008, in Washington DC, US. This briefing was the first of a series that will be held throughout the year to provide updates on the Partnership's activities.
16 July 2008: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has embarked on a
multi-year study to conduct a comparative analysis of storage of nuclear waste
and storage of carbon dioxide (CO2).
July 2008: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will hold an advanced research workshop on weather/climate risk management for the energy sector in Santa Maria di Leuca, Lecce, Italy, from 6-10 October 2008.
17 July 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP),
with the Foundation for Global Peace and Environment, launched its eighteenth International
Children's Painting Competition on 17 July 2008.
16 July 2008: A new report from the Organisation for
Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), entitled “Economic Assessment of
Biofuel Support Policies,” concludes that “government support of biofuel
production in OECD countries is costly, has a limited impact on reducing
greenhouse gases and improving energy security, and has a significant impact on
world crop prices.”
July 2008: The Coastal Cities Summit, which will take
place from 17-20 November 2008, in Saint Petersburg, Florida, US, is organized
by the International Ocean Institute.
2008: In his inaugural speech to the second meeting of the
International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Group on International
Aviation and Climate Change (GIACC), Roberto Kobeh González, President of the
ICAO Council, noted the work carried out by the Organization and the UNFCCC
Secretariat in coordinating their work plans, and highlighted the importance
for the Group to agree on aspirational goals on fuel efficiency.