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.
25 August 2008: The World Bank launched a worldwide
documentary competition that will highlight the social aspects of climate
change as experienced and/or observed by the film-maker(s).
August 2008: The International Tropical Timber Organization
(ITTO) is organizing, with the support of the Government of Korea through the
Seoul National University, an Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop on Afforestation
and Reforestation Projects Development under the Clean Development Mechanism
(AR-CDM), which will be held from 8-12 September 2008, in Seoul, Korea.
August 2008: The UN Environment Management Group (EMG) is
organizing a workshop on Climate Neutral UN, to be held from 1-3 September
2008, in Geneva, Switzerland.
20 August 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on
Biological Diversity (CBD) has announced that a regional workshop for countries
of the Caribbean region on capacity-building for national biodiversity
strategies and action plans, mainstreaming of biodiversity and the integration
of climate change will be held in Trinidad and Tobago, from 3-7 November 2008.
August 2008: The Global Partnership Initiative for Plant Breeding Capacity Building (GIPB), a platform and partnership of public, private and civil society institutions hosted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in collaboration with the FAO Inter-Departmental Working Group on Bioenergy, has called for expanded, up-to-date information on genetic resources and breeding of selected underutilized species, together with detailed analysis of their potential as bioenergy crops adaptable to sustainable smallholder production systems.
August 2008: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a new-look
newsletter, which, in addition to sections on mitigation, adaptation, finance
and technology, includes a special focus on reducing emissions from
deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and a summary of
key UNFCCC statements.
12 August 2008: On the occasion of International Youth Day,
celebrated on 12 August, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Somalia Deputy
Representative, Hannan Sulieman, underscored the role young people can play in
helping to tackle climate change.
12 August 2008: A two-week course on Sustainable Communities has commenced in Bangkok, Thailand, bringing together 28 urban professionals representing academia, NGOs, local
authorities and central government agencies from 15 African and Asian