18 November 2008: During his first visit to the World
Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
reaffirmed WIPO's unique role within the UN system in promoting intellectual
property, innovations and investment in new technology, which are crucial to
stimulate economic development and to tackle the current financial, climate,
food and oil crisis.
18 November 2008: Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), launched the
book entitled “Sugarcane-based Bioethanol: Energy for Sustainable Development”
during a side event at an International Conference on Biofuels taking place in
São Paulo, Brazil.
17 November 2008: On 14 and 15 November 2008, UN
Secretary-General was in Washington, DC, US, to take part in the Group of 20
(G20) Financial Summit. In a statement to the assembled leaders, Ban Ki-moon
stated that “today's financial crisis should not evolve into tomorrow's human
crisis,” adding that leaders should not use it to justify neglecting other
critical issues such as poverty and hunger, the food crisis, and climate
14 November 2008: The Better Air Quality 2008 workshop,
which took place from 12-14 November 2008, in Bangkok, Thailand, brought
together about 1,000 participants from over 35 countries and was organized
around the theme: “Air quality and climate change: scaling up win-win solutions
13 November 2008: The World Bank is moving ahead with the
Energy for the Poor initiative, a programme that seeks to provide rapid support
for countries' efforts to strengthen social safety nets to reduce the poor's
vulnerability to volatile fuel prices.
November 2008: The Steering Committee of the UN Economic
Commission for Europe (UNECE) Energy Efficiency 21 (EE21) project will hold the
12th session of the Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency Investments
for Climate Change Mitigation in Geneva, Switzerland, on 19 December 2008.
November 2008: The Second Session of the UN Economic
Commission for Europe (UNECE) Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity
Production from Coal and Other Fossil Fuels will be held on 17-18 November
2008, in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting is taking place in the framework of
the growing world demand for electricity and the push for more environmentally
sustainable power generation, which are projected to require massive
investments in the coming years.
6 November 2008: The UN Industrial Development Organization
(UNIDO) and the International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies are
jointly organizing the World Hydrogen Energy Summit, to be held in Istanbul,
Turkey, from 15-17 July 2010.
8 November 2008: The International Conference “The European
Forest-Based Sector: Bio-Responses to Address New Climate and Energy
Challenges?” took place from 6-8 November 2008, in Nancy, France. The
Conference aimed to provide policy makers with information regarding the role
of the forest-based sector in relation to the physical processes of the carbon
cycle, the competition between wood and other materials, and the energy market.
4 November 2008: At the conclusion of the High Level
Regional Policy Meeting on Networking Towards Gender and Poverty Sensitive
Energy Policies, which took place in Bangkok, Thailand, from 3-4 November 2008,
the International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy (ENERGIA), in
cooperation with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and
the Pacific (ESCAP), launched the Policy Innovation Forum. The Forum aims to
help provide women and the poor with reliable access to energy.