1 July 2008:The World Bank signed its first greenhouse gas emission
reductions purchase agreement in Egypt, for a municipal solid waste-composting
project. The facility will feature waste sorting for recovery of recyclables
and aerobic composting of organic waste, reducing the amount of methane and
other greenhouse gases emitted from the landfill site.
July 2008: In a series of statements and articles over the past two weeks, UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has emphasized the linkages between the food
crisis, climate change and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals
1 July 2008: The
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched the Report Global
Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment 2008: Analysis of Trends and Issues in
the Financing of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. The Report notes
record breaking investment levels in the sustainable energy sector during 2007,
with over US$148 billion of new investment, an increase of 60% over 2006,
largely driven by wind power.
8 July 2008: The UN General Assembly
(UNGA) met informally on 8 July 2008, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, to
consider the theme “Climate Change and the Most Vulnerable Countries - the
Imperative to Act.”
July 2008: Nine young people representing the participants in the “Junior 8” (J8)
Summit, held in Chitose City, Hokkaido, Japan, from 2-9 July 2008, presented
their proposals for global development to the leaders of the Group of Eight Industrialized
Countries (G8), in an initiative led by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).
June 2008: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Microsoft held
discussions on extending the collaboration between the two organizations to
help achieve development goals, inter
alia, through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs).
July 2008: The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) has signed a
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Pakistan's Ministry of Environment and
Japan Carbon Finance Limited (JCF) to promote the Clean Development Mechanism
(CDM) in Pakistan and to support Japanese entities in their acquisition of the
carbon credits generated by the CDM projects.
17 June 2008: The Congo Basin
Forest Fund, a multi-donor facility established to take action to protect the
forests in the Congo Basin region, was launched in London, UK. The Fund will be
used over a ten-year period, up to 2018, to finance the
Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC) Action-Plan in ten different
strategic areas aimed at conserving the Congo Basin rainforest.
4 July 2008: At the
fifth Magdeburg Environmental Forum held from 3-4 July 2008, in Magdeburg,
Germany, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and car manufacturer
Daimler called for the establishment of infrastructure for electric and
The thirteenth World Water Congress will take place in Montpellier, France, from 1-4
September 2008, and will be organized under the theme “Global Changes and Water
Resources: Confronting the Expanding and Diversifying Pressures.”