17 November 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has
appointed Margareta Wahlström (Sweden) as Assistant Secretary-General for
Disaster Risk Reduction and the Secretary-General's Special Representative for
the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action in the Secretariat for the
International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR).
17 November 2008: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has
released the reports from recent meetings of its Methodology Panel,
Afforestation and Reforestation (A/R) Working Group, and Small Scale Working
Group (SSC WG).
14 November 2008: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council re-elected Monique Barbut as CEO during its biannual meeting, which took place from 11-13 November 2008, in Washington DC, US. The Council also renewed efforts to scale up technology transfer to developing countries looking to mitigate and adapt to climate change challenges, by approving projects amounting to US$50 million for climate-related activities.
14 November 2008: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) Ad Hoc
Expert Group on Finance convened in Vienna, Austria, from 10-14 November 2008,
to develop proposals for the development of a voluntary global financial
mechanism/portfolio approach/forest financing framework to support: the
implementation of sustainable forest management (SFM); the achievement of the
global objectives on forests; and the implementation of the non-legally binding
instrument on all types of forests.
November 2008: The 38th Session of the Bureau of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is scheduled to convene from 24-25 November 2008, at World Meteorological Organization (WMO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
18 November 2008: The Workshop on Climate Change Impacts and
Adaptation to Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries at the National and Regional
Levels, jointly co-organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO),
the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Southeast Climate Consortium
(SECC) of the US, opened on 18 November 2008 in Orlando, Florida, US, and will
conclude on 21 November.
17 November 2008: The UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), supported by the
Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation, are launching a programme to increase access
by farmers in developing countries to weather-indexed insurance schemes.
17 November 2008: On 14 and 15 November 2008, UN
Secretary-General was in Washington, DC, US, to take part in the Group of 20
(G20) Financial Summit. In a statement to the assembled leaders, Ban Ki-moon
stated that “today's financial crisis should not evolve into tomorrow's human
crisis,” adding that leaders should not use it to justify neglecting other
critical issues such as poverty and hunger, the food crisis, and climate
17 November 2008: The UN Framework Convention on Climate
Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat issued its report on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
in industrialized countries, which finds that emissions in these countries
continue to rise.
14 November 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
launched its “Kick the Carbon Habit” Education Campaign with a meeting of the
new North American Youth Network from 14-16 November 2008, in Chicago, US.