9 September 2008: In a lecture given at the Korea Green
Foundation, in Seoul, Republic of Korea, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, provided an overview of climate change science and the state-of-play of negotiations under the Bali
Road Map. Noting that the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol will
end in 2012 and that science predicts warming will happen faster than
previously thought, he called for international action to combat climate change
to be “stepped up significantly.”
8 September 2008: In his address to the “Asia-Pacific Security Challenges: Implications for Europe and the Atlantic Alliance” Conference, held in Prague, Czech Republic, from 7-9 September 2008, Nobuo Tanaka, International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director, focused on the energy implications of the rise of Asian economies and the need for a global energy revolution.
8 September 2008: In an editorial published in The
Australian, Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change (IPCC), highlighted that, according to the IPCC's Fourth Assessment
Report, costs of mitigation actions are not high. “In fact, one of the
scenarios assessed, which would stabilise average temperature increase in the
world to between 2C to 2.4C, would cost the world no more than 3 per cent of
the global GDP in 2030,” he writes.
September 2008: The European Parliament Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, at its 8-10 September 2008 meeting in Brussels, Belgium, is discussing, inter alia: supporting early demonstration of sustainable power generation from fossil fuels; emission performance standards for new passenger cars; geological storage of carbon dioxide; industrial emissions (integrated pollution prevention and control); greenhouse gas emission allowance trading system; and shared effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
September 2008: The twenty-sixth meeting of Ministers of
Health and the sixty-first session of the World Health Organization's (WHO)
Regional Committee for South-East Asia are taking place from 8-11 September
2008, in New Delhi, India.
September 2008: Global consultations for the development of
a “Strategic Framework on Development and Climate Change for the World Bank
Group” continue receiving comments online from civil society, until 15
7 September 2008: Experts gathered from 7-9 September 2008,
in Akureyri, Iceland, for the Polar Law Symposium, hosted by the UN University
(UNU) and the University of Akureyri, to discuss new challenges arising in the
Arctic and Antarctic.
5 September 2008: Speaking at the international conference
on “Decent Work – A Key to Social Justice for a Fair Globalization,” held in
Oslo, Norway, on 5 September 2008, Juan Somavia, International Labour
Organization (ILO) Director-General, called for “increased policy coherence in
support of social justice for a fair globalization.”
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