4 September 2008: The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) seminar entitled “Food and Energy Crisis: Opportunities and Challenges for Latin America and the Caribbean” took place in Santiago, Chile, from 4-5 September 2008.
September 2008: The UN Environment Management Group has
released the working and reference documents for two workshops on Climate
Neutral UN. The first took place from 1-3 September 2008, in Geneva,
Switzerland, while the second will be held from 8-10 September 2008, in New
September 2008: The September issue of the International Polar Year (IPY) report has been released.
September 2008: The EUROPOLAR ERA-NET Consortium, in
association with the European Science Foundation, has launched the first call
for pre-proposals leading to potential Joint Projects to be undertaken within
the PolarCLIMATE Programme.
4 September 2008: The Senegalese Agency for Rural
Electrification (ASER) and the World Bank have entered into an agreement for
the provision of 1.5 million compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) to Senegal's
rural areas. The project will be carried out as a Clean Development Mechanism
(CDM) programme of activities, and is Senegal's first CDM project.
4 September 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has
developed a new service that utilizes Google Earth to enable people to see the
effects of climate change and other environmental hotspots.
4 September 2008: The 29th session of the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) convened from 31 August to 4 September 2008, in
Geneva, Switzerland, and was attended by more than 300 participants. During the
meeting, which commemorated the IPCC's 20th anniversary, the Panel elected the
new IPCC Bureau and the Bureau of the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas
Inventories (TFB), and reelected Rajendra Pachauri as the IPCC Chair.
“Africa's Climate Roadmap, from Johannesburg through Africa to Copenhagen” was adopted at the twelfth session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN-12), which took place from 7-12 June 2008, in Johannesburg, South Africa. In our climate change discussions we highlighted the urgency for Africa to articulate a common position during the ongoing climate change negotiations for a strengthened international agreement beyond 2012, and to exploit the opportunity to build consensus on the complex issues of climate change and sustainable development for the benefit of the continent. Africa agreed to put forward a shared vision based on scientific evidence and broad political consensus. That shared vision would have several key elements: the future climate change regime should accommodate the priorities for Africa of sustainable development, poverty reduction and attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); increased support should be provided under the regime for capacity-building, financing and technology development and transfer for adaptation and mitigation in Africa (the means of implementation); and the agreement should result in the stabilization of emissions in the atmosphere. A deal on climate change requires a deal on development, including Africa.
5 September 2008: IISD Reporting Services is pleased to
announce that the newest issue of CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin is now available. To
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4 September 2008: In its review of EU energy policies, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has concluded that the regional grouping is a leader in climate change mitigation through its “bold and innovative” energy policies, and welcomes the European Commission's “climate and energy package” proposed in January 2008.