6 October 2008: Top UN officials marked World Habitat Day by
drawing attention to the need to raise awareness of the problems of rapid
urbanization, its impact on the environment and the challenges of rising urban
poverty. The UN has designated the first Monday in October each year as World
Habitat Day, to reflect on the state of towns and cities and the basic right to
adequate shelter for all. This year, Luanda, Angola, led the observance of the
celebration, which focused on the theme “Harmonious Cities.”
October 2008: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFRPI) has published three essays addressing critical questions regarding policy responses to the current food crisis. The essays by Joachim von Braun, IFPRI Director General, Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), and Namanga Ngongi, President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), point to the dangers and pitfalls of misguided policies, but also to the potential opportunities for responding in a way that prevents future crises and ensures food security in the long term. In addition to the most pressing questions of delivering immediate relief to populations affected by hunger and the strategic issues of the long-term stabilization of food production and food markets, the essays also address impacts of current biofuel policies and climate change on agriculture.
3 October 2008: In accordance with Decision IX/1 of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the
CBD Secretariat has invited parties, other governments and relevant
organizations to supply information on various aspects of agricultural
biodiversity conservation, including lessons learned about the conservation and
sustainable use of agricultural biodiversity, for consideration in climate
change adaptation and mitigation planning and cross-sectoral planning in
1 October 2008: The UN-backed Equator Initiative has
announced the 25 winners of the Equator Prize 2008, which recognizes
exceptional leadership in slashing poverty through conservation and sustainable
29 September 2008: This European Environment Agency (EEA) report presents past and projected climate change and impacts in Europe, based on approximately 40 indicators, and identifies sectors and regions that are vulnerable and require adaptation.
26 September 2008: In preparation for the first meeting of
the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Biodiversity and Climate Change,
to be held from 17-21 November 2008, in London, UK, the Secretariat of the
Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is launching an internet-based
discussion group at: http://www.cbd.int/climate/forums/public/.
20 September 2008: The fourth Meeting of the Parties (MOP)
to the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) took place from 15-19
September 2008, in Antananarivo, Madagascar. With regard to climate change, the
meeting adopted a resolution on climate change and migratory waterbirds, as
well as conservation guidelines on measures needed to help waterbirds adapt to
19 September 2008: The Danish Government's Africa Commission
held a thematic conference on employment and economic growth in the context of
climate change in Nairobi, Kenya, on 18 September. The event was the fourth in
a series of five thematic conferences, initiated by the Africa Commission,
convened between June-October 2008, in various African cities.
18 September 2008: Climate change is a major threat to
migratory waterbirds and international cooperation is required to reduce the
many pressures they face, according to a new report launched at the fourth
Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the Agreement on the Conservation of
African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA), taking place from 15-19 September
2008, in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
17 September 2008: Forest stakeholders gathered in
Washington, DC, US, on 16-17 September 2008, to agree on a new set of
principles for sustainable forest management (SFM) and its central role in
combating climate change.