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.
July 2008: The Sixth Summit of the Group of Eight Developing Islamic Countries
(D8), (7-8 July 2008, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) concluded
with the adoption of the “Kuala Lumpur Declaration on Meeting Global Challenges
through Innovative Cooperation,” which recognizes that the food and energy
crises pose a serious threat to socio-economic stability.
11 July 2008: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change (IPCC) posted on its website a provisional annotated agenda for its twenty-ninth
Session, taking place from 31 August to 4 September 2008, in Geneva,
Switzerland. The Session will mark the twentieth anniversary of the IPCC.
2008: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) will consider the global food and energy
crises, with a particular eye to concern about macroeconomic and political
stability in numerous countries, in a plenary meeting on 18 July 2008.
11 July 2008: Speaking during a Panel discussion on
“Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the context of
current challenges,” Kemal Dervis, Administrator of the UN Development
Programme (UNDP), noted that economic growth is threatened by shortages of
natural resources such as energy, water and atmosphere, and stressed that MDG 7
on environmental sustainability is an absolute key priority.
2008: The UN University (UNU) has launched a new website on the challenges of
climate change, peak oil and the food crisis.