Yearbook of the United Nations, 2007. Part 3, Economic and social questions. Chapter 7, Environment and human settlements
In 2007, the United Nations and the international community continued to work towards protecting the environment through legally binding instruments and the activities of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The twenty-fourth session of the UNEP Governing Council/eighth Global Ministerial Environment Forum discussed the emerging policy themes of globalization and the environment and UN reform, and adopted the updated UNEP water policy and strategy for the period 2007-2012. The Governing Council also adopted decisions on, among other issues, international environmental governance; chemicals and waste management; support to Africa in environmental management and protection; and environmental education. During the year, UNEP published the fourth Global Environment Outlook report, which assessed the state of the environment and presented policy options to address present and emerging environmental issues. In September, the Secretary-General convened a high-level event on climate change to raise the profile of the issue among world leaders and build momentum for launching negotiations on a new international framework to address climate change; the event was the largest gathering of world leaders on climate change to date. The thirteenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, held in Bali, Indonesia, in December, launched the Bali Action Plan, a comprehensive process to enable the full, effective and sustained implementation of the Convention through long-term cooperative action. The twenty-seventh session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), held in Valencia, Spain, in November, finalized the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, which stated, among other findings, that climate system warming was unequivocal, and that many natural systems were being affected by regional climate changes. In December, the Nobel Prize in Peace 2007 was awarded jointly to IPCC and former United States Vice President Albert Arnold Gore, Jr., for their efforts related to the issue of climate change. In April, the United Nations Forum on Forests adopted the text of the non-legally binding instrument on all types of forests, and recommended a draft resolution for adoption by the Economic and Social Council containing the text of the instrument and a related draft resolution for adoption by the General Assembly. The Council adopted the draft resolution in October. The Assembly adopted the non-legally binding instrument on all types of forests in December. It also declared the 2010-2020 period as the United Nations Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification. The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) continued to support the implementation of the 1996 Habitat Agenda and the Millennium Development Goals. The twenty-first session of the UN-Habitat Governing Council adopted the Medium-term Strategic and Institutional Plan for 2008-2013, which provided a road map for strengthening the role of UN-Habitat as a catalyst for the coordinated implementation of the Habitat Agenda.
Yearbook of the United Nations, 2007. v. 61; Vol. 61
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