14 September 2008: Speaking at the Sixteenth Environment
Congress for Asia and the Pacific, which took place in Nagoya, Japan, from
13-14 September 2008, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on
Biological Diversity (CBD), underscored the unprecedented rate of biodiversity
loss due to the pressures on the planet's natural functions caused by human
12 September 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon rode a
“Solartaxi,” a fully solar-powered car, from his home in New York to UN
Headquarters, as part of his efforts to raise awareness of climate change and
promote environmentally-friendly technologies.
11 September 2008: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has
released the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Report 2008, which finds that
the strong and sustained progress in reducing extreme poverty achieved by the
world is being undercut by higher prices, particularly of food and oil, and the
global economic slowdown.
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.
5 September 2008: Speaking at the international conference
on “Decent Work – A Key to Social Justice for a Fair Globalization,” held in
Oslo, Norway, on 5 September 2008, Juan Somavia, International Labour
Organization (ILO) Director-General, called for “increased policy coherence in
support of social justice for a fair globalization.”
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.