25 August 2008: In a statement to the First Part of the
Sixth Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I
Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP6), which took place in Accra, Ghana,
from 21-27 August 2008, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
referred to recent developments in the field of environmental protection,
including: progress made by ICAO's Committee on Aviation Environmental
Protection in prioritizing and intensifying all activities related to
greenhouse gas emissions (GHG); and the holding of the second meeting of the
Group on International Aviation and Climate Change, where the possible
establishment of short, medium and long term goals for fuel burn was discussed.
August 2008: The Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Urban
Community of Practice is organizing the ADB Urban Day 2008, which will take
place in Manila, Philippines, on 8 September 2008. Urban Day 2008 will bring
together representatives from national and local governments, international
communities of practice, the private sector, civil society and academia to
discuss urban environment, sanitation and transport, as well as city region
development, and municipal finance and governance.
August 2008: The International Civil Aviation Organization
(ICAO) has made a written submission to the third Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term
Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA), which is taking place in
Accra, Ghana, from 21-27 August 2008. The submission includes a presentation of
ICAO's past and current work in reducing emissions from aircrafts and the
current international legal regime.
August 2008: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is organizing, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment of Jordan, an “Eco-cities Forum,” which will take place from 18-20 October 2008, at the Dead Sea in Jordan. The Forum aims to promote awareness, best practices, investment opportunities and technology transfer in the environmental sector in Jordan as well as among municipalities in the Mediterranean region.
18 August 2008: Toyota Motor Europe has become the first car manufacturer to join the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Climate Neutral Network.
August 2008: The latest issue of the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Journal features, inter alia, an article by Jane Hupe, Secretary to the ICAO Council Committee on Aviation Environmental
Protection (CAEP), entitled “En Route to Copenhagen: International Aviation
Action on Climate Change,” in which she outlines the technical, economic, legal
and social implications of the various measures being considered to reduce
emissions from the aviation sector.
5 August 2008: China has made an effort to improve the
sustainability of the Olympic Games and improve the air quality in Beijing,
according to a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Publication published in late
2007, ‘Beijing 2008 Olympic Games: An environmental review.'
6 August 2008: The World Bank, the UN International Strategy
for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction
and Recovery (GFDRR) have released an interactive report entitled ‘Climate
Resilient Cities,' which provides cities and their governments with guidelines
to reduce their vulnerability to climate change and strengthen disaster risk
31 July 2008: As part of the efforts to make the Beijing
Olympics environmentally friendly, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) is
providing four electric buses for use during the Games.
25 July 2008: In a speech delivered at the 24th Universal Postal Union (UPU) Congress, which is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 23 July to 12 August 2008, UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Executive Director, Achim Steiner, highlighted the postal sector's role in the transition towards a green economy.