September 2008: The UN Environment Management Group has
released the working and reference documents for two workshops on Climate
Neutral UN. The first took place from 1-3 September 2008, in Geneva,
Switzerland, while the second will be held from 8-10 September 2008, in New
September 2008: The September issue of the International Polar Year (IPY) report has been released.
4 September 2008: The Senegalese Agency for Rural
Electrification (ASER) and the World Bank have entered into an agreement for
the provision of 1.5 million compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) to Senegal's
rural areas. The project will be carried out as a Clean Development Mechanism
(CDM) programme of activities, and is Senegal's first CDM project.
4 September 2008: The 29th session of the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) convened from 31 August to 4 September 2008, in
Geneva, Switzerland, and was attended by more than 300 participants. During the
meeting, which commemorated the IPCC's 20th anniversary, the Panel elected the
new IPCC Bureau and the Bureau of the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas
Inventories (TFB), and reelected Rajendra Pachauri as the IPCC Chair.
September 2008: In a contribution to the September 2008 special issue of the ISO Focus magazine, Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), notes the lack of capacity of most developing countries to participate in the global trade of manufactured goods.
3 September 2008: In an address to the Africa Carbon Forum, currently taking place in Dakar, Senegal, until 5 September 2008, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary noted that, despite being the hardest hit by climate change, Africa is the continent that has benefited the least from the current international climate change regime, including the Clean Development Mechanism
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.
1 September 2008: Addressing the Water Tribune at the
International Expo, which is taking place in Zaragoza, Spain, from 14 June to
14 September 2008, under the theme “Water and Sustainable Development,” UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recalled the UN's commitment to the protection
and adequate management of water resources, as well as the water-related
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
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.