September 2008: The 2008 International Day for Disaster
Reduction, celebrated on 8 October, will focus on making hospitals and health
facilities safe from disaster. The Day will be part of the UN International
Strategy for Disaster Reduction's (UN/ISDR) new World Disaster Reduction
Campaign 2008-2009: Hospitals Safe from Disasters.
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.
12 September 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon rode a
“Solartaxi,” a fully solar-powered car, from his home in New York to UN
Headquarters, as part of his efforts to raise awareness of climate change and
promote environmentally-friendly technologies.
10 September 2008: In a speech at Fairleigh Dickinson University, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki moon outlined the challenges of the world today, including climate change, the food and energy crises, and the fear of a global financial crisis.
4 September 2008: The 29th session of the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) convened from 31 August to 4 September 2008, in
Geneva, Switzerland, and was attended by more than 300 participants. During the
meeting, which commemorated the IPCC's 20th anniversary, the Panel elected the
new IPCC Bureau and the Bureau of the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas
Inventories (TFB), and reelected Rajendra Pachauri as the IPCC Chair.
29 August 2008: The International Symposium on Climate
Change and Food Security in South Asia, which met from 25-30 August 2008, in
Dhaka, Bangladesh, and was co-sponsored by Ohio State University, the World
Meteorological Organization, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the UN
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the University of
Dhaka and the Government of Bangladesh, adopted a Declaration and
recommendations towards minimizing the short- and long-term vulnerability of
the South Asian region to climate change.
September 2008: The sixth quarterly International Polar Day,
which will be celebrated on 24 September 2008, will address how climate change
and renewed exploitation present urgent challenges to Arctic people, including
by examining the health impacts of climate change on the Arctic residents and
the focus of monitoring programmes of the polar environment on climate change.
August 2008: The nineteenth South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) Meeting of Officials, which will be held from 4-12 September 2008, in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, will consider
a number of climate related matters, including the Action Plan for the
implementation of the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change
2006-2015. Participants are also scheduled to examine a Plan for Action on the
Pacific Year of Climate Change 2009.
25 August 2008: A UN-sponsored International Symposium on
Climate Change and Food Security in South Asia, taking place from 25-30 August
in Dhaka, Bangladesh, aims to develop an agriculture mitigation and adaptation
framework for climate change implementation in South Asia. Participants are
also expected to recommend policy and financial innovations to enable the
implementation of the framework and its integration into the sustainable
development planning of South Asia countries.