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In recent years, energy issues have assumed an increasingly prominent place in discussions on how to achieve sustainable development. Energy security is now a key concern as uncertainties over oil and gas supplies, and a seemingly inexorable rise in demand, send prices spiraling to record levels. At the same time, the need to respond seriously to climate change has raised the profile of renewable energies and the focus on new and emerging clean technologies article continues

Chris Spence

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Latest News - Thursday, 6 March 2008
Rome, 25 February—The thirteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has forwarded seven recommendations to the ninth Conference of the Parties, although they contain a number of bracketed, or unresolved, issues. The SBSTTA convened from 18-22 February 2008, in Rome, Italy, immediately following the second meeting of the Convention’s Working Group on Protected Areas. Unresolved issues that will be forwarded to the COP in May 2008 include: biofuels in the context of agricultural and forest biodiversity; options for the consideration of genetically modified trees; marine and coastal biodiversity; an expert group on biodiversity and climate change; and references to climate change mitigation measures. More.
Photo: CBD Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf (left) and Chair Asghar Mohammadi Fazel (Iran)
Beijing, 24 February—A seminar held in Beijing, China, has focused on the technical and financial aspects of project development to support climate-friendly technologies in Asia. The Climate Technology Initiative (CTI) Industry Joint Seminar on Diffusion of Climate-Friendly Technologies in Asian Countries took place from 21-22 February 2008, and included sessions on technologies to support energy efficiency in industrial sectors, renewable energy technologies, and project financing. More.
Photo: Dais during the CTI Industry Joint Seminar
Addis Ababa, 24 February—The Expert Group Meeting on Land for Sustainable Urbanisation in Africa has been held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 21-22 February 2008. The event was convened to prepare for the thematic reviews on Land and Africa at the upcoming sixteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-16), which will take place in New York, US, from 5-16 May 2008. More.
Photo: Participants deep in deliberation over land rights in Africa
Monaco, 24 February—The tenth special session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GCSS-10/GMEF) was held in Monaco, from 20-22 February 2008. The meeting adopted decisions on UNEP’s Medium-term Strategy for 2010-2013, the Global Environmental Outlook, chemicals management, mercury and waste management, the sustainable development of the Arctic region, and the International Decade for Combating Climate Change. More.
Other News
Swiss Re invites ReSource award 2009 applications
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WIPO Committee on Traditional Knowledge and Genetic Resources agrees on work plan
Svalbard seed vault opens in Norway
CITES publishes caviar quotas
Shark species face extinction
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Industry group sues NGO over pesticides report
Bhopal survivors march to Delhi
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Decent work key to poverty reduction – Commission for Social Development
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Carbon forum reviews US market, international scene
US ready for binding emissions targets; holds talks with China, Denmark
Japan plans renewables support for developing countries
China addressing environmental impact of increased air conditioning demand
Value of satellite observations reviewed
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UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP announces climate neutral network
UNEP FI meeting in Melbourne addresses sustainable finance challenges MDG carbon facility set to launch first projects
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FfD review sessions on Monterrey Consensus begin
AfDB to fund Congo Basin forest ecosystem projects
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Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
G8+5 calls for new laws on illegal timber
Regional workshop addresses links between forests and climate change
Region-led initiative provides input to UNFF
Security forces deployed in Brazilian Amazon to stop illegal logging
Deforestation in Sumatra for pulp and palm oil causes global climate impact and local wildlife losses
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Water, Oceans and Wetlands
Ramsar’s standing committee prepares for COP 10
FAO and seafood businesses discuss emerging issues
US navy bound by environmental laws on sonar equipment
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
Washington International Renewable Energy Conference (WIREC 2008): 4-6 March 2008, Washington, DC, US
UNFCCC Expert Meeting on Methods and Tools and on Data and Observations, under the Nairobi Work Programme: 4-7 March 2008, Mexico City, Mexico
IWC Intersessional Meeting: 6-8 March 2008, London, UK
UNFCCC Expert Meeting on Socio-Economic Information under the Nairobi Work Programme: 10-12 March 2008, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Seventh Informal Consultations of States Parties to the Fish Stocks Agreement: 11-12 March 2008, UN headquarters, New York, US
Fifth Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group (AHOE-WG) of Legal and Technical Experts on Liability and Redress in the context of the Protocol on Biosafety: 12-19 March 2008, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

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