20 October 2008: In a message to the International
Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies' seventh Pan African
Conference, taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 19-22 October
2008, Cheick Sidi Diarra, the Secretary-General's High Representative for the
Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island
Developing States, on behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, called for
strengthening the relationship between the UN and the International Federation.
18 October 2008: During a meeting on the sidelines of the
Francophonie Summit, which convened in Quebec City, Canada, from 17-19 October
2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and French President Nicolas Sarkozy
agreed on the need to hold an emergency G-8 summit to address the financial
crisis and ensure that its negative impact on the world's economies does not
undermine the major UN efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, to
fight against the effects of climate change and to address the food crisis.
17 October 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on
Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the UN University's
Traditional Knowledge Initiative and Tebtebba, has announced the beneficiaries
of financial assistance for participation in the Global Indigenous Peoples'
Consultation on Potential Impacts of “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and
Forest Degradation (REDD)” on Indigenous and Local Communities (12-14 November
2008, Baguio City, Philippines).
October 2008: The UN World Trade Organization (UNWTO), in
partnership with the World Travel Market, will hold a Ministers' Summit at the
World Travel Market in London, UK, on 11 November 2008, under the theme
“Responding to the Economic Downturn and Staying on Course with the Climate and
Poverty Reduction Agenda.”
17 October 2008: The UNFCCC Secretariat has launched a photo
contest aimed at raising awareness of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).
The contest invites digital photos of CDM projects that reflect the theme of
the contest, “CDM changing lives.”
16 October 2008: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced that
it is on schedule to complete the live connection of its International
Transaction Log (ITL) with the EU Community Independent Transaction Log (CITL)
and 26 EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) registries.
16 October 2008: The European Environment Agency (EEA) released a report entitled “Greenhouse gas emission trends and projections in Europe 2008,” which details each of the 15 nations' historic emissions
(1990-2006) and provides an estimate of Europe's emissions situation during the
Kyoto Protocol commitment period (2008–2012).
19 October 2008: On World Food Day, celebrated on 18
October, the Joint UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)/International
Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Division of Nuclear techniques in Food and
Agriculture (NAFA) highlighted the role of nuclear technology in developing new
crop varieties that can withstand climate-induced external stress, such as
drought, and thereby contributing to achieving sustainable food security.
17 October 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated
that EU proposals on tackling climate change could spur “green” growth and
generate millions of new jobs.
17 October 2008: Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), gave a presentation at a discussion entitled “Securing Asia's Energy Future” held by the Asia Society, in New York, US, on 16 October.