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Latest News - Thursday, 27 March 2008
Cartagena de Indias, 20 March—The fifth meeting of the Open-ended Ad Hoc Working Group of Legal and Technical Experts on Liability and Redress in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety convened from 12-19 March 2008, in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. The Working Group agreed on certain core elements, reduced the number of options for operational text and categorized the remaining options in a way that reflects the main choices for elaborating international rules and procedures on liability and redress. The Working Group also agreed to convene an intersessional Friends of the Chair group to further negotiate the core elements, to be held prior to the fourth meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity serving as meeting of the parties to the Protocol, which will convene in Bonn, Germany, from 12-16 May 2008. More.
Photo: Dais during the opening of the meeting. L-R: Juan Lozano, Minister of Housing, Environment and Territory Development (Colombia); Charles Gbedemah (CBD Secretariat); WG Co-Chair Jimena Nieto (Colombia); WG Co-Chair René Lefeber (the Netherlands); Dominique Kayser (CBD Secretariat); and Worku Damena Yifru (CBD Secretariat).
Mexico City & Port of Spain, 13 March—Expert group meetings under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have convened to discuss issues related to the Nairobi Work Programme on Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change (NWP). The first meeting gathered experts from 4-7 March 2008, in Mexico City, Mexico, to discuss methods and tools, and data and observations. The second meeting convened in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, from 10-12 March 2008, to focus on the socioeconomic aspects of the NWP. Reports from the workshops will be forwarded to the twenty-eighth session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 28), scheduled to convene in June 2008 in Bonn, Germany. IISD RS reports of the Mexico City & Port of Spain events.
Photo: Dais during the Mexico City workshop. L-R: Amir Delju, World Meteorological Organization; Workshop Chair Helen Plume, SBSTA Chair; and Guillermo Hernández Salmerón, Ministry of Foreign Relations, Mexico.
New York, 13 March—The seventh round of Informal Consultations of States Parties to the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks (UNFSA) met from 11-12 March 2008, at UN headquarters in New York. The two key achievements of the consultations were the in-depth engagement in discussing the obstacles to wider participation in the UNFSA by non-parties and developing countries, and agreeing on resuming the Review Conference in 2010 and the modalities for its preparatory process. More.
Washington, DC, 7 March—US President George W. Bush addressed the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference (WIREC 2008), highlighting security, economic and environmental reasons to reduce fossil fuel dependency, and that there should be an effective, results-oriented international agreement that includes commitments by every major economy. Participants at the 4-6 March 2008 ministerial meeting in Washington, DC, US, discussed market adoption and finance; agriculture, forestry and rural development; and research and development. At the close of WIREC 2008, over 100 pledges had been submitted for the Washington International Action Program, a compilation of pledges to accelerate the uptake of renewable energy, and India offered to host the next International Renewable Energy Conference in early 2010. More.
Photo: US President George W. Bush addressed delegates.
Other News
ECOSOC meeting considers AMR contribution
WSSCC launches global sanitation fund
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WIPO Development Committee holds first meeting
TRIPS Council meeting sees increased support for biodiversity amendment
NEPAD – Michigan State University partnership to bolster Africa’s biosafety capacity
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UNCCD develops partnerships on Africa and agricultural research
EU to propose new legislation on illegal logging
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Gleneagles Dialogue on Climate Change, Clean Energy and Sustainable Development discusses post-2012 policies
EU Spring Summit considers European emission goals
Arctic’s long-term sea ice declining - NASA
Stratospheric ozone affects atmospheric air flows
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IMO-EC meeting addresses ship emissions
Progress made towards the establishment of a South Pacific RFMO
IWRM implementation in the developing world assessed
Intersessional IWC meeting seeks to calm tempers
Compliance committee created to promote water protocol in Europe
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MDG Africa Steering Group holds second meeting
CSW discusses financing for gender equality
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution High-level gathering discusses System-wide Coherence
UNEP FI meeting in Melbourne addresses sustainable finance challenges Glacier Monitoring Centre reports record thinning
UNEP FI meeting in Melbourne addresses sustainable finance challenges UNDP-supported wind energy facility opens in Ecuador
UNEP FI meeting in Melbourne addresses sustainable finance challenges UNEP launches Green Passport Campaign
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Trade, Finance and Investment
FfD review sessions on Monterrey Consensus begin
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
Third Meeting of the Ad Hoc Joint Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation and Coordination between the Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions: 25-28 March 2008, Rome, Italy
First African Water Week (AWW-1): 26-28 March 2008, Tunis, Tunisia
First Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action under the UNFCCC and Fifth Session of the AWG under the Kyoto Protocol: 31 March-4 April 2008, Bangkok, Thailand
General Assembly Thematic Debate on the Millennium Development Goals: 1-2 April 2008, New York, US
UNEP Global Mercury Partnership Meeting: 1-3 April 2008, Geneva, Switzerland
Fourth Global Conference on Oceans: 7-11 April 2008, Hanoi, Vietnam
UN Commission on Population and Development: 7-11 April 2008, New York, US
International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) Intergovernmental Plenary: 7-12 April 2008, Johannesburg, South Africa
28th Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: 9-10 April 2008, Budapest, Hungary

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