10 September 2008: Presenting his latest report to the Human
Rights Council in Geneva, Olivier De Schutter, the Special Rapporteur on the
Right to Food, said rising food prices continue to jeopardize the right to
food, stressing that “any potential solution to the problem must be viewed
through the lens of human rights.”
10 September 2008: Presenting his report on the status of
the Community Work Programme, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, President of the Economic
Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, highlighted the economic
impacts of the increase of food and commodity prices in West African States.
10 September 2008: In a speech at Fairleigh Dickinson University, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki moon outlined the challenges of the world today, including climate change, the food and energy crises, and the fear of a global financial crisis.
8 September 2008: In his address to the “Asia-Pacific Security Challenges: Implications for Europe and the Atlantic Alliance” Conference, held in Prague, Czech Republic, from 7-9 September 2008, Nobuo Tanaka, International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director, focused on the energy implications of the rise of Asian economies and the need for a global energy revolution.
September 2008: Global consultations for the development of
a “Strategic Framework on Development and Climate Change for the World Bank
Group” continue receiving comments online from civil society, until 15
1 September 2008: On the eve of the third High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, which met from 2-4 September 2008, in Accra, Ghana, Lennart Båge, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), urged donors and their partners in developing countries to take responsibility for accelerating action to meet the commitments in the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness.
September 2008: The third African Green Revolution
Conference convened from 28-29 August 2008, in Oslo, Norway, organized by Yara
International ASA, a Norwegian fertilizer company, in partnership with the
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), the African Development Bank
(ADB) Norad, Norfund and Rabobank.
2 September 2008: Addressing the World Water Congress, which
is taking place from 1-4 September 2008, in Montpellier, France, Michel
Jarraud, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO),
noted that agriculture, energy, tourism and health will be among the sectors
most affected by the impacts of climate change on water resources.
September 2008: The sixth quarterly International Polar Day,
which will be celebrated on 24 September 2008, will address how climate change
and renewed exploitation present urgent challenges to Arctic people, including
by examining the health impacts of climate change on the Arctic residents and
the focus of monitoring programmes of the polar environment on climate change.
27 August 2008: This toolkit is aimed at UN Country Teams
and other development agents, to provide guidance on how to engage indigenous
peoples and include their perspectives in development processes.