13 November 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
released a report on Atmospheric Brown Clouds (ABCs) that shows that, in
addition to affecting agriculture and human health, this layer of soot and
manmade particles can both aggravate, via the absorption of sunlight, and
counteract, via the reflection of sunlight and effects on cloud formation,
climate change due to greenhouse gases.
16 September 2008: International Day for the Preservation of
the Ozone Layer was celebrated on 16 September 2008, with the theme "Montreal
Protocol – Global partnership for global benefits." In the UN Secretary-General's message
recognizing the day, Ban Ki-moon emphasized that the success of the Protocol
demonstrates that environmental protection can be sustained through economic
downturns, and encouraged governments to look for synergies among multilateral
environmental agreements as the Parties to the Protocol did when deciding to
accelerate the phase-out of hydrochlorofluorocarbons.
16 September 2008: Marking International Day for the
Preservation of the Ozone Layer, which was celebrated on 16 September 2008, the
World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released data showing that the ozone
hole is already larger in 2008 than it was in 2007, emphasized that the need
for continued ozone measurements to monitor the ozone hole, and highlighted the
Montreal Protocol's climate benefits.
16 September 2008: On the occasion of the International Day
for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of
the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), noted the success that the
Montreal Protocol has achieved through international cooperation.
11 July 2008: The 28th Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer convened from 7-11 July 2008, in Bangkok, Thailand.
14 May 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his capacity as depositary of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, has advised parties that the adjustments made to the Montreal Protocol at the Nineteenth Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (17-21 September 2007) will enter into force, and become binding to all parties, on 14 May 2008.
The Swiss Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Office has compiled the first inventory of the country's long-term climate data.
Delivering as one in space-related activities was one of the main issues discussed during the 28th session of the United Nations Inter-Agency Meeting on Outer Space Activities, held from 16-18 January 2008 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
May 2007: The fifteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-15) convened from 30 April-11 May 2007, at UN headquarters in New York, US. Building on the outcomes of CSD-14 (a “Review Year”), CSD-15 focused on identifying policies and options to expedite the implementation of commitments in the areas of energy for sustainable development, industrial development, air pollution/atmosphere and climate change.
8 December 2006: The Global Environment Facility's (GEF) CEO Monique Barbut opened the 5-8 December 2006 Council meeting in Washington DC, US, with a proposed “Five Point Sustainability Compact to Increase Efficiency and Impact.” Her proposal included: shifting from a project-driven to a programmatic approach by focusing strategies on a clear set of priority issues for the global environment; reducing the current project pipeline in half; appointing an “Ombudsman” in the GEF Secretariat to respond to country concerns or complaints; and redesigning the project approval cycle to reduce it from 66 to 22 months.