4 November 2008: The 13th session of the World
Meteorological Organization (WMO) Commission for Hydrology opened on 4 November
2008 at WMO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and will conclude on 12
November. The Commission for Hydrology shapes the water-related activities of
the WMO, and addresses issues related to the basic hydrological observation
network, water resources assessment, flood forecasting and management,
3 November 2008: The UN Environment Programme, (UNEP), with
the EU Member States Defense Environment Network, the US Department of Defense,
the Institute for Environmental Security, the US Environmental Protection
Agency, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Institute
for Defense Analysis, and the Environment and Security Initiative, is
co-sponsoring a meeting from 3-5 November 2008 in Paris, France, on “The
Importance of Military Organizations in Protecting the Climate: 2008.”
3 November 2008: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) debated the
Report of the Economic and Social Council for 2008 (document A/63/3 and
A/63/255), and the report of the Secretary-General on the Role of the Economic
and Social Council in the integrated and coordinated implementation of and
follow-up to the outcomes of the major United Nations conferences and summits,
in the light of relevant General Assembly resolutions, including resolution
61/16 (document A/63/63-E/2008/77).
3 November 2008: The
fourth session of the World Urban Forum opened in Nanjing, China, under the
theme “Harmonious Urbanization.” During the opening ceremony, Chinese officials
noted the importance of integrated development between cities and regions, with
emphasis on energy and climate change mitigation.
2 November 2008: In a press conference given in Dhaka,
Bangladesh, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that the financial crisis
should not “impede our efforts to fight climate change.” He described the
possible impacts of global warming on Bangladeshis, and noted the country's
efforts in disaster prevention and preparedness.
31 October 2008: The Sixth World Forum on Sustainable
Development took place in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, from 27-30 October
2008, and was organized with the participation of several institutions,
including the UN Environment Programme, the UN Development Programme, the UN
Food and Agriculture Organization, the African Union, the African Development
Bank, the Economic Commission for Africa, and the World Environment Fund.
31 October 2008: The thirtieth meeting of the contracting
parties to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of
Wastes and Other Matter (London Convention) and the third meeting of the
contracting parties to the London Protocol, which met from 27-31 October 2008,
at International Maritime Organization (IMO) headquarters in London, UK,
adopted a resolution on the regulation of ocean fertilization (LC-LP.1(2008)).
24 October 2008: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation
and Development (OECD) has released a discussion paper entitled “What Role for
Public Finance in Climate Change Mitigation,” which considers how public
finance in developed countries can best be used to support climate change
mitigation in developing countries.
31 October 2008: The World Telecommunication Standardization
Assembly of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which took place
in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 21-30 October 2008, adopted a resolution
whereby ITU members will work towards reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG)
emissions arising from the use of information and communication technologies
31 October 2008: At the Conference for Women Leaders,
co-sponsored by the Republic of Korea's Ministry of Gender Equality and the UN
World Tourism Organization ST-EP (Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty)
Foundation, held on 31 October 2008, in Seoul, Republic of Korea, UN Deputy Secretary-General
Asha Rose Migiro highlighted the burden of climate change on women and the need
to work towards gender equality, including in decision-making.