5 June 2008: Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General of the UN
Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), emphasized low-emissions economic
development as an element of the solution to climate change in his statement to
commemorate World Environment Day on 5 June.
4 June 2008: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization has
released a report on the use of wood biomass as a source of energy. Following
an overview of projections for global energy supply and demand to 2030, the
report discusses wood energy efficiency and competitiveness, highlighting the
use of by-products of the wood processing industry. It also makes
recommendations on issues to address in planning policies and programmes that
support bioenergy development.
30 May 2008: This UN Food and Agriculture Organization study
examines the impact of biofuel production on the human rights to adequate food
and to be free from hunger. It was authored by Asbjørn Eide, senior fellow of the
Norwegian Center for Human Rights at the University of Oslo, and seeks to
contribute to the present discussion on soaring food prices, climate change and
June 2008: Celebrations on World Environment Day, 5 June, focused on climate
change, with the theme “Kick the CO2 Habit.” At the New York launch of the
“Together” campaign by the Climate Group, an international charity dedicated to
working with big business and government to help solve climate change, Ban
Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, said “Climate change is too big a challenge for
any country, corporation, or community to address alone. Instead, it requires a
broad coalition acting together for the greater good... we are all part of the
solution.” The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched two reports on World
June 2008: The latest edition of Tunza, the UN Environment
Programme's (UNEP) Magazine for Youth, focuses on climate change.
21 May 2008: The Commission on Growth and Development has released its report entitled “The Growth Report: Strategies for Sustained Growth and Inclusive Development,” in which it analyzes, among other issues, whether deve loping countries can grow as fast as the fastest growing economies without causing global greenhouse gases to spiral out of control.
The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the government of India recently signed a US$42 million agreement under the UNIDO Country Programme of Technical Cooperation in India 2008-2012.
14 May 2008: In his opening statement to the thirty-fourth session of UNIDO's Industrial Development Board, UNIDO Director-General Kandeh K. Yumkella said the accelerating process of global climate change is “ possibly the most pervasive and irreversible global crisis.” He said the global energy crisis was also significant because of its widespread implications, especially on industry, and pointed out other global challenges, including food and global instability, as the major challenges that UNIDO has been asked to assist the international community to resolve.
23 May 2008: Representatives from 40 donor and developing countries, meeting in Potsdam, Germany, reached an agreement on the creation of two international investment funds that will provide innovative financing for developing countries to pursue cleaner development paths and protect themselves from the impacts of climate change.
May 2008: A new report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) highlights lessons learned from international experience on the promotion of wind energy.The report notes that 75% of installed wind energy capacity is found in just five countries. The report underscores the role of promoting policies to reduce costs, improve revenues and reduce risk for promoters, and the importance of market access and feed-in laws for providing long-term stability and predictability.