July 2008: The World Ports Climate
Conference took place from 9-11 July 2008 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and was
organized around the theme “World
Ports for a Better Climate.” The conference brought together participants representing over 50 ports from 35
countries and concluded with the adoption of the World Port Climate
Declaration, in which they committed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
and improve air quality.
July 2008: The UN Climate Change Secretariat has announced the launch of its
fellowship programme, which aims to contribute to building capacity for
addressing climate change in parties not included in Annex I to the Convention,
in particular parties that are small
island developing States or Least Developed Countries.
10 July 2008: The International Symposium on Coping with Global Change in
Marine Social-Ecological Systems took place from 8-11 July 2008, in Rome, Italy. The Symposium,
organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Global
Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics and the European Network of Excellence for Oceans Ecosystem
Analysis, brought together over 200 experts and policymakers from around
the globe to share experiences
and identify key next steps to promote resilience of marine social-ecological systems.
10 July 2008: In the North-East Gallery of the UN Visitors'
Lobby, an exhibit entitled “The Amazon Forest & Climate Change” opened on
10 July 2008, and will be on display until 6 August 2008.
July 2008: The July 2008 issue of the
Nairobi Work Programme eUpdate features stories on: the Nairobi Work
Programme's entry into its second phase; action pledges to carry out adaptation
work; calls for action; the adaptation practices interface, which at present
focuses on capacity building and practice; engagement with the private sector
on adaptation; and upcoming 2008 work programme activities and meetings.
2008: The UN University (UNU) has launched a new website on the challenges of
climate change, peak oil and the food crisis.
July 2008: The first environmentally-friendly hydro and solar power-generating
center has been inaugurated by the UN Industrial Development Organization
(UNIDO) in a rural community in Kenya.
1 July 2008:The World Bank signed its first greenhouse gas emission
reductions purchase agreement in Egypt, for a municipal solid waste-composting
project. The facility will feature waste sorting for recovery of recyclables
and aerobic composting of organic waste, reducing the amount of methane and
other greenhouse gases emitted from the landfill site.
8 July 2008: The Asian Development Bank
(ADB) has established a new fund to finance clean energy projects, in the
Asia-Pacific region, that generate carbon credits beyond 2012. “The new fund will provide an incentive
for the ADB's developing member countries to scale up energy efficiency and the
use of renewable energy sources that will contribute to both climate change
mitigation and enhanced energy security,” ADB Vice President Ursula