2 September 2008: Reacting to Hurricane Gustav and recent
flooding in India, Achim Steiner, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive
Director and UN Under-Secretary-General, released a statement underscoring the
human and economic costs caused by weather events linked to climate change.
25 August 2008: Achim Steiner UN Under-Secretary General and
the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Executive Director, spoke on risk and
climate change at the International Disaster Risk Conference (IDRC), which
convened in Davos, Switzerland, from 25-29 August 2008.
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.
August 2008: This UN International Strategy for Disaster
Reduction (UN/ISDR) publication emphasizes the special vulnerability of women
to disaster risk, as well as their role in preparedness and response efforts.
Through a series of good practices from various parts of the world, the report
shows the linkages among women's experiences with natural resource management,
climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DRR).
21 August 2008: The Supporting Entrepreneurs for Sustainable Development (SEED) Initiative has announced the winners of its 2008 SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development. The SEED Initiative is a global network for action on sustainable development partnerships, founded by IUCN, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), to deliver progress toward the internationally-agreed goals in the UN's Millennium Declaration and the commitments made at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002.
22 August 2008: A report commissioned by the UN Office for
the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and CARE International finds
that climate change greatly complicates, and could undermine, efforts to manage
the challenges presented by droughts, floods and cyclones. The study identifies
the most likely humanitarian implications of climate change for the next 20-30
9 August 2008: In an opinion piece, published in the Hindu,
Vinod Thomas, Director General of the World Bank's Independent Evaluation
Group, underscores the increased frequency of natural disasters, their effect
on development, and the need for policy makers to recognize this growing threat
August 2008: In preparation for the 29th Session of
the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), scheduled to take place
from 31 August-4 September 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland, the Secretariat of the
International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) System and the
Government of Norway have submitted a proposal for an IPCC Special Report on
Managing the Risk of Extreme Events to Advance Climate Change Adaptation.
July 2008: This publication, released by Secretariat of the
International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), responds to the need
for comprehensive multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral national coordinating
mechanisms to reduce, prevent and manage the impacts of natural hazards, as
expressed in, inter alia, the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 (HFA) which
emphasized the importance of setting up National Platforms for disaster risk
6 August 2008: The World Bank, the UN International Strategy
for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction
and Recovery (GFDRR) have released an interactive report entitled ‘Climate
Resilient Cities,' which provides cities and their governments with guidelines
to reduce their vulnerability to climate change and strengthen disaster risk