2008: In his inaugural speech to the second meeting of the
International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Group on International
Aviation and Climate Change (GIACC), Roberto Kobeh González, President of the
ICAO Council, noted the work carried out by the Organization and the UNFCCC
Secretariat in coordinating their work plans, and highlighted the importance
for the Group to agree on aspirational goals on fuel efficiency.
16 July 2008: The
Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has announced that the 2010
Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA 2010) will include a remote sensing
survey, which will document trends in the rate of deforestation, afforestation
and natural forest expansion over the last three decades; provide easy access
to remote sensing imagery; create a methodology and framework for monitoring of
forest change; and enhance countries' capacities to monitor, assess and report
on changes in forest cover.
July 2008: The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) will
hold its forty-first meeting from 30 July to 2 August 2008, at the UN Campus in
July 2008: The documentation from the workshop on aviation and carbon markets,
organized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on 18-19 June
2008, at ICAO Headquarters, Montreal, Canada, have been released.
July 2008: The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Humanitarian Affairs
Segment opened on 15 July 2008, and organized its discussions around the theme
“Building capabilities and capacities at all levels for timely humanitarian
assistance, including disaster risk reduction.” Council Vice-President and Segment President Park
In-Kook (Republic of Korea) opened discussions by noting that this year's
Segment provided the international humanitarian community with an opportunity
to reflect on how to respond to the food crisis and the humanitarian
implications of disasters.
2008: A UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) three-year pilot
project aimed to help rural communities harness the potential of solar energy
recently concluded in Timor-Leste.
11 July 2008: In a speech delivered during the conference
Union (EU) and its Overseas Entities: Strategies to Counter Climate Change and
Biodiversity Loss,” which was hosted on Reunion Island,
Mauritius, from 7-11 July 2008, under the auspices of the French Presidency of
the Council of the EU, Michel Jarraud,
Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), provided
an overview of the Organization's history and work in tackling climate change.
July 2008: In a comment on the G8 leaders' statement on global food security,
Joachim von Braun, Director General of the International Food Policy Research
Institute (IFPRI), welcomed the proposed actions regarding global markets and
increasing food production, while criticizing the lack of actions on social
protection and nutrition for the poorest.
15 July 2008: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has posted
background documents and reports, as well as the provisional agenda, for its 52nd
General Conference Session, which will take place from 29 September to 4
October 2008, in Vienna, Austria.