14 November 2008: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council re-elected Monique Barbut as CEO during its biannual meeting, which took place from 11-13 November 2008, in Washington DC, US. The Council also renewed efforts to scale up technology transfer to developing countries looking to mitigate and adapt to climate change challenges, by approving projects amounting to US$50 million for climate-related activities.
17 November 2008: On 14 and 15 November 2008, UN
Secretary-General was in Washington, DC, US, to take part in the Group of 20
(G20) Financial Summit. In a statement to the assembled leaders, Ban Ki-moon
stated that “today's financial crisis should not evolve into tomorrow's human
crisis,” adding that leaders should not use it to justify neglecting other
critical issues such as poverty and hunger, the food crisis, and climate
November 2008: The Steering Committee of the UN Economic
Commission for Europe (UNECE) Energy Efficiency 21 (EE21) project will hold the
12th session of the Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency Investments
for Climate Change Mitigation in Geneva, Switzerland, on 19 December 2008.
14 November 2008: The 63rd Session of the International
Telecommunication Union (ITU) Council opened with a High-Level Segment on
emerging trends in the information and communication technologies (ICT) sector,
including climate change and cybersecurity.
12 November 2008: The proposed annotated agenda for the 44th
meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board has been
6 November 2008: The UN Industrial Development Organization
(UNIDO) and the International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies are
jointly organizing the World Hydrogen Energy Summit, to be held in Istanbul,
Turkey, from 15-17 July 2010.
8 November 2008: The International Conference “The European
Forest-Based Sector: Bio-Responses to Address New Climate and Energy
Challenges?” took place from 6-8 November 2008, in Nancy, France. The
Conference aimed to provide policy makers with information regarding the role
of the forest-based sector in relation to the physical processes of the carbon
cycle, the competition between wood and other materials, and the energy market.
8 November 2008: The high-level conference on “Climate
Change: Technology Development and Technology Transfer,” which took place in
Beijing, China, from 7-8 November 2008, was co-hosted by the UN Department of
Economic and Social Affairs, and supported by the UN Foundation.
7 November 2008: The UN Industrial Development Organization
(UNIDO) is collaborating with China to address the problem of climate change
through agreements to increase clean development mechanism (CDM) clean energy
projects and boost the use of hydropower in Africa.
6 November 2008: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
announced that a conference on Oceans Observation (OceanObs) entitled “Ocean
Information for Society: Sustaining the Benefits, Realizing the Potential,”
would take place from 21-25 September 2009, in Venice, Italy.