21 July: In a Joint Communiqué adopted during the forty-first Association
of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial Meeting, which took place from
20-21 July 2008, in Singapore, Ministers addressed the issues of climate
change, the food and energy crises, and disaster relief.
21 July 2008: The UN General Assembly
reconvened, on Monday, 21 July, to conclude the plenary meeting on the global
food and energy crisis that began on 18 July 2008. A number of countries,
including Cape Verde and Syria, stressed the interlinkages between the food,
energy and climate challenges.
18 July 2008: Addressing the UN General Assembly during its 112th plenary meeting, held on the global food and energy crisis, Srgjan Kerim, President of
the General Assembly, and UN Secretary-General Ban
Ki-moon urged coordinated action to tackle the three challenges of climate
change, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the food and oil crises.
16 July 2008: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has embarked on a
multi-year study to conduct a comparative analysis of storage of nuclear waste
and storage of carbon dioxide (CO2).
July 2008: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will hold an advanced research workshop on weather/climate risk management for the energy sector in Santa Maria di Leuca, Lecce, Italy, from 6-10 October 2008.
16 July 2008: A new report from the Organisation for
Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), entitled “Economic Assessment of
Biofuel Support Policies,” concludes that “government support of biofuel
production in OECD countries is costly, has a limited impact on reducing
greenhouse gases and improving energy security, and has a significant impact on
world crop prices.”
July 2008: The Coastal Cities Summit, which will take
place from 17-20 November 2008, in Saint Petersburg, Florida, US, is organized
by the International Ocean Institute.
2008: A UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) three-year pilot
project aimed to help rural communities harness the potential of solar energy
recently concluded in Timor-Leste.
15 July 2008: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has posted
background documents and reports, as well as the provisional agenda, for its 52nd
General Conference Session, which will take place from 29 September to 4
October 2008, in Vienna, Austria.
11 July 2008: Delegates to the Southern Cone Regional Workshop on Sustainable
Energy, which took place on 11 July 2008, in Santiago, Chile, identified
ensuring equal access to energy sources, diversifying the energy matrix, and
advancing towards regional energy alliances as some of the region's key priorities.