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.
30 October 2008: In a lecture delivered at the Rajiv Gandhi
Foundation in New Delhi, India, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined
that the financial crisis should not “become an excuse for deferring or backing
away from our fight against climate change.”
30 October 2008: Speaking at the World Leaders Forum on
International Cooperation for Green Growth taking place on 30 October 2008, in
Seoul, Republic of Korea, UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro noted
that many of the current challenges are due to unsustainable development paths,
and highlighted the interlinkages among the food, energy and financial crises,
as well as global warming.
Only a few weeks ago I was in Mexico to announce that this Latin American country will be the main host for World Environment Day 2009, less than 200 days before the crucial climate convention meeting in Copenhagen.
30 October 2008: Over 600 participants representing governments, regions and other local authorities gathered in Saint Malo, France, from 29-30 October 2008, for the “First World Summit of Regions, Climate Change: Regions in Action.”
30 October 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held a
meeting in New Delhi, India, with leading Indian business leaders and Rajendra
Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Director-
General of TERI, to discuss the corporate initiatives undertaken by the TERI
Business Council to reduce the impact of climate change.
29 October 2008: Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN
Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) told a news conference at UN
Headquarters, NY, US, that “the nexus between land degradation and climate
change is clear,” with global warming being likely to lead to more extreme
weather events, which could lead to soil erosion and loss of land cover.
29 October 2008: On the sidelines of the 10th Conference of Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, taking place in Changwon, Republic of Korea, from 28 October-4 November 2008, the Ramsar Secretariat, the Danone Group and IUCN have entered into a partnership targeting climate change.
29 October 2008: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)
Board, at its 42nd meeting on 24-26 September 2008, in Bonn, Germany, decided
to make the draft document of “Elaboration of CDM Accreditation Requirements”
as contained annex 1 of the 26th progress report of the CDM-Accreditation
Panel, available for public comment from 29 September 2008 to 27 October 2008.