3 October 2008: The Organisation for Economic Cooperation
and Development (OECD) is co-organizing with the province and the city of
Milan, a Conference on Cities and Climate Change, which is scheduled to convene
from 9-10 October 2008, in Milan, Italy.
2 October 2008: The World Bank has announced an 87% increase in funding for renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) projects and programmes in developing countries in the past fiscal year.
26 September 2008: Leading industrialized nations met at the
World Bank, and pledged more than US$6.1 billion to the recently created World
Bank Climate Investment Funds (CIF).
26 September 2008: Pascal Lamy, World Trade Organization
(WTO) Director-General, addressed the 2008 WTO Public Forum highlighting that
trade in “environmental goods and services, in particular in climate-friendly
technology, can make vital pollution prevention and reduction equipment more
accessible to countries in need; thereby easing the climate crisis.”
16 September 2008: Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), participated in the Energy Leaders Summit organized by the Financial Times and World Energy Council, in London, UK, on 16-17 September 2008. Addressing heads of the main traditional and new energy companies, as well as government representatives and financiers, who met to discuss the future of energy beyond 2025, Gurría highlighted the need for public-private partnerships for the development and deployment of “large-scale transformative energy technologies.”
September 2008: Global consultations for the development of
a “Strategic Framework on Development and Climate Change for the World Bank
Group” continue receiving comments online from civil society, until 15
3 September 2008: A new World Bank report estimates that Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects in sub-Saharan Africa could potentially amount to 740 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year.
2 September 2008: The Third High Level Forum on Aid
Effectiveness is taking place from 2-4 September 2008, in Accra, Ghana. Over
100 high-level country representatives, as well as heads of bilateral and
multilateral development agencies, donor organizations, and civil society
organizations, will discuss ways to increase the transparency of aid and make
it more results-oriented.
26 August 2008: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) has released a booklet that seeks to raise awareness of energy subsidies and their impact.
26 August 2008: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Secretariat met with Ministers from West African countries, from 25-26 August 2008, in Cotonou, Benin, to develop a regional programme for climate change and biodiversity that provides the region with a more efficient use of resources from the GEF's Resource Allocation Framework (RAF).