20 October 2008: In a message to the International
Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies' seventh Pan African
Conference, taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 19-22 October
2008, Cheick Sidi Diarra, the Secretary-General's High Representative for the
Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island
Developing States, on behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, called for
strengthening the relationship between the UN and the International Federation.
18 October 2008: During a meeting on the sidelines of the
Francophonie Summit, which convened in Quebec City, Canada, from 17-19 October
2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and French President Nicolas Sarkozy
agreed on the need to hold an emergency G-8 summit to address the financial
crisis and ensure that its negative impact on the world's economies does not
undermine the major UN efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, to
fight against the effects of climate change and to address the food crisis.
16 October 2008: The European Environment Agency (EEA) released a report entitled “Greenhouse gas emission trends and projections in Europe 2008,” which details each of the 15 nations' historic emissions
(1990-2006) and provides an estimate of Europe's emissions situation during the
Kyoto Protocol commitment period (2008–2012).
17 October 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated
that EU proposals on tackling climate change could spur “green” growth and
generate millions of new jobs.
17 October 2008: Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), gave a presentation at a discussion entitled “Securing Asia's Energy Future” held by the Asia Society, in New York, US, on 16 October.
17 October 2008: The Pacific Climate Change Roundtable, which took place from 13-17 October 2008, in Apia, Samoa, was organized by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).
14 October 2008: UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose
Migiro presented the Secretary-General's proposal for strengthening the
development pillar of the UN Secretariat to the Fifth Committee of the General
Assembly, which deals with administrative and budgetary matters, Underlining
the importance of concerted international action in addressing development
challenges, she stressed the intensifying effects of climate change, the food
and energy crises, and the global financial turmoil.
14 October 2008: More than 40 environment ministers and
high-level representatives held talks in Warsaw, Poland, from 13-14 October
2008, to prepare for the 14th Conference of the Parties (COP14) to the UNFCCC,
scheduled to take place in December 2008 in Poznań, Poland. During the informal
consultations, which were chaired by Maciej Nowicki, Minister of Environment of
Poland and future COP14 President, participants underscored that Poznań will be
a milestone for the new global climate agreement and agreed that the current
financial crisis should not hinder efforts to tackle climate change.
13 October 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called
for “deep and systemic” reforms based on inclusive multilateralism for a global
financial system that can better meet the challenges of the 21st century.
October 2008: As part of its project to strengthen national
capacity in developing countries to assess climate change policy alternatives,
the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Environment and Energy Group has released a
series of papers on the Bali Action Plan negotiations.