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Editor's Note
One month into 2008, the year’s sustainable development agenda continues to take shape and hold promise for many interesting discussions and linkage opportunities, on issues ranging from climate change to the Millennium Development Goals and agriculture. article continues

Lynn Wagner, Ph.D.

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Comings and Goings
Handover Ceremony of the Chairmanship of the Group of 77
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UNDESA Seeks UNFF Director
UNDESA Seeks DSD Director
UNEP Seeks Secretary to the Governing Council and Coordinator for Marine and Coastal Ecosystems
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New Reports and Resources
Overview of UN Activities in Relation to Climate Change
G8 Impact on International Climate Change Negotiations - Good or Bad?
A Challenging Climate – What International Banks Should Do to Combat Climate Change
Trade in Environmental Goods and Services and Sustainable Development: Domestic Considerations and Strategies for WTO Negotiations
Access to Water - The Impact of Climate Change on Small Municipalities
The Political Economy of Pro-Poor Growth
Supporting Pro-Poor Growth Processes: Implications for Donors
Global Employment Trends 2008
Is Financial Liberalization a Flop? An Africa Assessment
Night Time Spinach: Conservation and Livelihood Implications of Wild Meat Use in Refugee Situations in North Western Tanzania
The Future Control of Food: A Guide to International Negotiations and Rules on Intellectual Property, Biodiversity and Food Security
Bern Convention Standing Committee Report
International Journal of the Commons
Evaluating the Impact of Brazil’s Bolsa Familia: Cash Transfer Programmes in Comparative Perspective
Status of Rural Poverty in the Near East and North Africa
The World’s Mangroves 1980-2005
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Latest News - Thursday, 7 February 2008
Tokyo, 1 February—The Second Pew Whale Symposium, entitled “A change in climate for whales,” sought to stimulate open dialogue in the heart of the main pro-whaling country. Participants at the 30-31 January 2008 meeting at UN University headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, agreed on a few key principles, such as the need to protect endangered whales, and made some recommendations to move the debate forward, but also identified areas of continuing disagreement. The Symposium, which was organized by the Pew Environment Group, brought together approximately 100 participants of 28 nationalities to discuss views from Japan, conflict management and biodiversity, finding a way forward, and the International Whaling Commission (IWC) process and its future. A Chair’s summary – not a consensus document – will be presented to the upcoming IWC Intersessional Meeting on the future of the whale conservation regime, in March 2008. More.
Photo: L-R: Joshua S. Reichert, Managing Director, Pew Environment Group; Judge Neroni Slade, Chair of the Tokyo Whale Symposium; Dr. Srikantha Herath, Senior Academic Programme Officer and Officer-in-Charge of UNU’s Environment and Sustainable Development Programme; and Rémi Parmentier, Senior Policy Consultant, the Pew Environment Group
Geneva, 26 January—The sixth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) made considerable progress in producing a short and concise working document on the international regime, consisting of sections on the main components and lists of items “to be further elaborated with the aim of incorporating them in the international regime” in case there was agreement in principle, or “for further consideration,” in case of disagreement or need for further clarification. The 21-25 January 2008 meeting took place in Geneva, Switzerland. The outcome will be submitted for consideration by the Conference of the Parties to the CBD at its ninth meeting (19-30 May 2008, Bonn, Germany). More.
Photo: CBD Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf was presented with a gift from a representative of the Indigenous Survival Programme for display in the CBD Museum for Nature and Culture.
Other News
Beijing conference on desertification prepares for CSD-16
Latin American and Caribbean environment ministers discuss climate change
Two groups back industry withdrawal from IAASTD
UNDESA and UNDP organize e-discussion on achieving sustainable development
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UNDP and Cadbury team up for sustainable cocoa farming
UN briefs journalists on the MDGs and related events in 2008
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Ramsar’s STRP prepares for COP 10
International Year of the Reef launched
World Wetlands Day celebrated
Japan resumes whaling
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Major Economies Meeting considers Bali follow-up
UNFCCC announces dates for first session of new subsidiary body
WHO Executive Board adopts resolution on climate change and health
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Indigenous peoples in Chile awarded land title in conservation battle
Svalbard global seed vault receives first seed shipments
First-ever census of Antarctic marine biodiversity launched
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World Economic Forum addresses climate change, Millennium Development Goals and water
Finance for Development process ready for a busy season
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UN Special Rapporteur on Toxic Waste visits Tanzania
Germany assisting Tanzania in DDT disposal
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Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
Conference addresses traditional ecological knowledge
Amazon deforestation rate rising again
MCPFE Liaison Unit moves to Oslo
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNESCO meeting discusses future of biosphere reserves
UNEP FI meeting in Melbourne addresses sustainable finance challenges UNEP-organized conference addresses environmental justice in Asia Pacific
UNEP establishes science panel Environmental leaders selected for UNEP’s 2008 Champion of the Earth prize
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
UN Commission for Social Development: 6-15 February 2008, UN headquarters, New York, US
UN General Assembly Thematic Debate: Addressing Climate Change: The United Nations and the World at Work: 11-12 February 2008. New York, US
Second Meeting of the CBD Ad Hoc Open-Ended Working Group on Protected Areas: 11-15 February 2008, Rome, Italy
Latin American and Caribbean Chemicals Meetings: Workshops on PCB Management and Development of Institutions and Infrastructure for Sound Chemical Management, and SAICM Regional Meeting: 11-16 February 2008. Panama City, Panama
Expert Meeting on Climate Change and Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture: 13-14 February 2008, Rome, Italy
FfD Review Sessions on Chapters I and II of the Monterrey Consensus: 14-15 February 2008, New York, US
Latin American Regional Meeting to Review the Work of the Stockholm Convention Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee: 17 February 2008. Panama City, Panama
Expert Meeting on Global Perspectives on Food and Fuel Security: 18-20 February 2008, Rome, Italy
CBD SBSTTA-13: 18-22 February 2008, Rome, Italy
Tenth Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council and Global Ministerial Environment Forum: 20-22 February 2008, Monaco
CTI Industry Joint Seminar: Diffusion of Climate-Friendly Technologies in Asian Countries: 21-22 February 2008, Beijing, China
Expert Meeting on Land for Sustainable Urbanization in Africa: 21-22 February 2008, Nairobi, Kenya

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