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.
July 2008: The first environmentally-friendly hydro and solar power-generating
center has been inaugurated by the UN Industrial Development Organization
(UNIDO) in a rural community in Kenya.
8 July 2008: The Asian Development Bank
(ADB) has established a new fund to finance clean energy projects, in the
Asia-Pacific region, that generate carbon credits beyond 2012. “The new fund will provide an incentive
for the ADB's developing member countries to scale up energy efficiency and the
use of renewable energy sources that will contribute to both climate change
mitigation and enhanced energy security,” ADB Vice President Ursula
1 July 2008: The
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched the Report Global
Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment 2008: Analysis of Trends and Issues in
the Financing of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. The Report notes
record breaking investment levels in the sustainable energy sector during 2007,
with over US$148 billion of new investment, an increase of 60% over 2006,
largely driven by wind power.
2 July 2008: On the occasion of the Fourth International
Conference on Sustainable Agriculture for Food, Energy and Industry, held from
2-5 July 2008, in Sapporo, Japan, the Convention on Biological Diversity's
(CBD) Executive Secretary, Ahmed Djoghlaf, highlighted that around 20% of
domestic animal breeds are at risk of extinction, with an average of one breed
lost each month.
July 2008: The theme of this year's World Food Day (WFD), to be held 16 October
2008 in Québec City, Canada, will be “World Food Security: the Challenges of
Climate Change and Bioenergy.” “Rarely has WFD assumed greater meaning than at
the present time, as rapidly rising food prices risk increasing the number of
hungry people,” said Sidaty Aidara, Chief of WFD events at the Food and
Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).
8 July 2008: The Group
of Eight Industrialized Countries (G8) Hokkaido Toyako
Summit took place from 7-9 July 2008
in Japan. On 8 July, the G8 leaders agreed on a Document on Environment and
Climate Change. The leaders of the G8
agreed to share with parties to the UNFCCC the vision of a goal of achieving at
least 50% reduction of global emissions by 2050, recognizing that this global
challenge can only be met by the contributions from all major economies,
consistent with the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and