16 July 2008: The 69th UN Economic Commission for Europe's (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management is scheduled to take place from 22-23 September in Geneva, Switzerland.
24 July 2008: The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) concluded the
work of its general segment, adopting 15 resolutions and 8 decisions, including
on strengthening the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance.
2008: Opening the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) discussion on ‘mainstreaming
a gender perspective into all UN policies and programmes, women and
development, and the advancement of women,' Rachel Mayanja, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on
Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, noted the particular vulnerability of
women to climate change and the food crisis.
10 June 2008: A new Atlas, comprised of photographs,
satellite imagery and narrative, illustrates changes to Africa's environment
over the past 36 years. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched Africa: Atlas of Our Changing Environment
in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 10 June 2008, at the twelfth Session of the
African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), which convened from
7-12 June 2008.
5 June 20
08: The Organisation for
Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Forum 2008 and the annual
OECD Council at ministerial level considered ‘Climate Change, Growth and
Stability' and ‘Outreach, reform and the economics of climate change,'
respectively, during their meetings in Paris, France, from 3-5 June 2008.
2008: The International Labour Organization (ILO) rolled out its Green Jobs
Initiative, aimed at easing the transition to green business and jobs, on World
Environment Day. Speaking about the Initiative, Juan Somavia, ILO
Director-General, said “green
growth and avoiding dangerous climate change depend on greener enterprises and
7 May 2008: UN-HABITAT intervened in the discussions on “land” during the sixteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, which met in New York, US, from 5-16 May 2008. Clarissa Augustinus, Chief, Land, Tenure and Property Administration Section, of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), noted that “climate change refugees will flood into the cities and as the cities grow to accommodate these refugees they will further impact their rural environs.”
2008: In accordance with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Strategic Priority on Adaptation, which aims to build up the resilience of small communities vis-à-vis climate change impacts, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has begun implementing the GEF-funded Community-Based Adaptation Project.
Before his speech to the European Parliament on climate change and global security, Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said during an interview that, the many looming security threats related to climate change include conflicts over water and changes in agricultural demands as weather changes and extreme events force mass movements of people.
The Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the World Health Organization (WHO) launched the global campaign “Hospitals Safe from Disasters” at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.