December 2008: The World Bank is working with six pilot countries – Bangladesh, Bolivia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique and Vietnam– on a US$8 million study funded by the Governments of the UK, the Netherlands and Switzerland to help decision makers in developing countries better understand and assess the risks posed by climate change, and to better cost, prioritize, sequence and integrate adaptation strategies into their development plans and budgets.
15 December: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has announced that the 2009 Global Forum on Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency will be hosted by the Government of Mexico in the last quarter of 2009.
15 December 2008: Speaking at a meeting of the UN General Assembly on the “follow-up to the outcome of the Millennium Summit: specific meeting focused on development,” taking place in New York, US, on 15 December 2008, UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro warned that the food, fuel and financial crises threaten to undo poverty reduction efforts.
15 December 2008: During a meeting of the Global Compact Board, which took place in New York, US on 15 December 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the importance for the private sector to take a leading role in addressing the financial crisis.
11 December 2008: Wood-based energy bears significant potential as a fuel source for Serbia and other South-East European countries, concluded a workshop entitled “Woody Biomass - the Fuel Choice for Serbia,” held from 2-3 December 2008, in Belgrade, Serbia.
11 December 2008: The Year End Snapshot of the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), compiled by the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Risø Centre, reveals that worldwide over 4,200 CDM projects have been developed or are in operation.
6 December 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
released a report entitled “The Kyoto Protocol, the Clean Development
Mechanism, and the Building and Construction Sector,” suggesting that the Kyoto
Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which governs the main
international carbon market, should be revised to tap into the mitigation
potential of the building and construction industry.
4 December 2008: At a side event to the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, taking place in Poznan, Poland, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risø Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development (URC) held a side event on “Perspectives on Future Directions and Capacity Development Needs.” The event was the occasion for the launch of a URC publication, “A Reformed CDM –including new Mechanisms for Sustainable Development,” which explores how to reform the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in a post-2012 climate regime.
2008: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is
looking for an institution to host the secretariat of its recently approved
Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Challenge Programme (CCCP). The
CCCP is a collaborative endeavor between CGIAR and partners, and the Earth
System Science Partnership (ESSP). It is aimed at overcoming the additional
threats posed by a changing climate to achieving food security, enhancing
livelihoods and improving environmental management in the developing world.
3 December 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has launched the second volume of the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) and Biodiversity e-Newsletter.