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New WSSCC Executive Director Named
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World Bank Seeks Senior Environmental Economist
World Bank Seeks Environmental Specialist
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The Climate Regime Beyond 2012: Reconciling Asian Developmental Priorities and Global Climate Interests
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WWF By-Catch Initiative
Hydropower Development in India: A Sector Assessment
Manual on the Right to Water and Sanitation
Adapting to Climate Variability and Change: A Guidance Manual for Development Planning
Water and Energy Futures in an Urbanised Asia: Sustaining the Tiger
Better Management of Municipal Waste Will Reduce Green House Gas Emissions
UNDG Guidelines on Indigenous Peoples’ Issues
Information Economy Report 2007-2008
Tropical Forest Update
Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops 2007
Who Benefits from GM Crops? The Rise in Pesticide Use
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Doha Review Conference
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Latest News - Thursday, 21 February 2008
Monaco, 21 February—The tenth special session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GCSS-10/GMEF) opened on 20 February 2008, in the Principality of Monaco. The agenda includes consideration of draft decisions on: UNEP’s Medium-term Strategy 2010-2013; the response to the findings of the fourth Global Environment Outlook report; chemicals management, including mercury and waste management; sustainable development of the Arctic region; and the international year of combating climate change. The ministerial consultations will focus on “Globalization and the environment: mobilizing finance to meet the climate challenge” and “International environmental governance and United Nations reform.” The session will conclude on 22 February 2008. More.
Photo: UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner speaking at a press conference
Rome, 21 February—The second meeting of the Ad hoc Open-ended Working Group on Protected Areas of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) convened in Rome, Italy, from 11-15 February 2008, immediately prior to the thirteenth meeting of the CBD’s Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (18-22 February 2008). The Working Group adopted two heavily bracketed recommendations for consideration by the CBD’s ninth Conference of the Parties (COP 9, 19-30 May 2008, Bonn, Germany), on the review of implementation of the programme of work and on options for mobilizing financial resources for its implementation. Participants voiced concerns about the lack of full consideration of financing needs, the low-level of political impetus in the context of protected areas, procedural shortcomings and the likely impact of the extensively bracketed recommendations on delegates’ workload at COP 9. More.
Photo: Stressing that Protected Areas have critical impacts on the rights of indigenous peoples, the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB) protested against their restricted participation
Other News
AU Summit adopts water and sanitation as July summit theme, adopts declaration on climate change
Delhi Summit addresses sustainable development and climate change
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Meeting in Bamako results in anti-ivory trade coalition
South Asian countries launch initiative to control wildlife trade
Protected areas update: Uganda, Rwanda and Congo establish transboundary reserve, Kiribati creates world’s largest marine reserve
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IFAD Governing Council focuses on poor rural farmers
Women act for sustainable peace and gender equality in Africa
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UNGA climate change event focuses on post-Bali talks and partnerships
UN hosts investor summit on climate risk
Small island States secure climate fund
Adjustments to HCFC phase-out to enter into force in May 2008
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World Bank to announce clean technology fund
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BLG sub-committee agrees on proposed ship air pollution regulations
International guidelines for the management of deep-sea fisheries in the high seas under discussion
Norway sets quotas for 2008 whaling
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Study evaluates persistent organic pollutant emissions in Europe
Sales of harmful pesticides banned in France
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Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
Expert panel discusses forest adaptation to climate change
Forum addresses illegal logging and associated trade
Global partnership for forestry education launched
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UN System-wide Coherence discussions resume
UNEP FI meeting in Melbourne addresses sustainable finance challenges UNESCO conference says biosphere reserves can spur climate change mitigation
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
4th Meeting of the Ascobans Jastarnia Group: 25-27 February 2008, Kolmården, Sweden
COHAB 2 – Second International Conference on Health and Biodiversity: 25-28 February 2008, Galway, Ireland
WIPO IGC-12: 25-29 February 2008, Geneva, Switzerland
Ramsar’s 36th Standing Committee Meeting: 25-29 February 2008, Gland, Switzerland
UN Commission on the Status of Women: 25 February-7 March 2008, New York, US
A Way Forward: Canadian and International Perspectives on Post-2012 Climate Policy: 3-4 March 2008, Ottawa, Canada
UN System-Wide Coherence: The Next Steps: 4-5 March 2008, Vienna, Austria
Washington International Renewable Energy Conference (WIREC 2008): 4-6 March 2008, Washington, DC, US
UNFCCC Expert Meetings on Methods and Tools, and Data and Observations, under the Nairobi Work Programme: 4-7 March 2008, Mexico City, Mexico
2nd Signatory Meeting of the CMS MOU on West African Marine Turtles: 5-7 March 2008, Dakar, Senegal
IWC Intersessional Meeting: 6-8 March 2008, London, UK

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