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Delegates to the eleventh session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), which met in May 2003, could not have known how timely their decision would be to place agriculture, rural development, land, drought, desertification and Africa on the agenda for the sixteenth session, which will take place in a little under two weeks. article continues

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Latest News - Thursday, 24 April 2008
Geneva, 24 April—The 17th meeting of the Plants Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which met in Geneva, Switzerland, from 15-19 April 2008, decided to include bigleaf mahogany in the Review of Significant Trade (RST), recommending that the review be limited to parties with implementation problems. On 19 April, a joint session of the Plants and Animals Committees addressed issues of common interest, including: the revision of the Terms of Reference of the Committees; cooperation with advisory bodies of other biodiversity-related multilateral agreements; review of significant trade in specimens of Appendix II species; international expert workshop on non-detriment findings; and transport of live animals and plants. The 23rd meeting of the Animals Committee, which met from 19-23 April, addressed, among other issues, the sustainability of international trade in sharks and sturgeons. More.
Photo: L-R: David Morgan (CITES Secretariat); Milena Sosa Schmidt (CITES Secretariat); and PC Chair Margarita Celemente (Spain), during one of the plenary sessions of the 17th meeting of CITES.
Dakar, 19 April—African ministers have endorsed a “Plan of Action” and a “Dakar Declaration on Scaling Up Renewables in Africa.” These agreements were reached at the International Conference on Renewable Energy in Africa, which was held in Dakar, Senegal, from 16-18 April 2008. The Conference focused on the theme “making renewable energy markets work for Africa: policies, industries and finance for scaling up,” and was jointly organized by the Government of Senegal, African Union (AU), German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). More.
Photo: President of Senegal Abdoulaye Wade arrives at le Meridien President Hotel for the Conference.
Hanoi, 12 April—The Fourth Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands, “Advancing Ecosystem Management and Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management by 2010 in the Context of Climate Change,” has reviewed progress, or lack thereof, in attaining the goals adopted by the world’s political leaders at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development relating to oceans management and conservation, in the context of climate change. The Conference brought over 400 participants to Hanoi, Viet Nam, from 8-11 April 2008. More.
Photo: Vietnamese cultural presentation during the opening session of the Fourth Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands.
Budapest, 11 April—The 28th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which met from 9-10 April 2008, in Budapest, Hungary, discussed the future of the IPCC, including key aspects of its work programme and the future structure of the IPCC Bureau and the Bureau of the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (TFB). The IPCC plenary agreed to prepare a Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) and to retain the current structure of its Working Groups. The Panel also agreed to the preparation of a Special Report on Renewable Energy to be completed by 2010 and was presented with the Technical Paper on Climate Change and Water. More.
Photo: Tribute to Bert Bolin, founding Chair of the IPCC
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IAASTD report says agricultural practices must be revised to benefit the world’s poor
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UN Commission on Population and Development calls for action to address urban growth and internal migration
ILO Director-General calls for dialogue to address employment dimension of climate change
WFP calls for US$ 750 million to feed world’s hungry
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Water, Oceans and Wetlands
ADB holds regional forum on small piped water networks
Continental Shelf Commission meets
ADB sets up joint venture for China wastewater treatment
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Major economies discuss climate action, new US target
CDM passes 1000 projects
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Global warming makes fish more susceptible to pesticides – study
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World Bank/IMF discuss rising food and energy prices
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ECOSOC meets with BWIs, WTO and UNCTAD
IDB annual meeting garners funds for sustainable energy and climate initiative
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EU to propose ban on imports of seal products
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Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
Forest dwellers form international alliance on climate change
Workshop addresses adaptation to climate change in Mediterranean forests
Workshop discusses decentralization and forest governance in Africa
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UNGA adopts climate change resolution UN System-wide Coherence sessions address "Delivering as One," funding and governance
UNEP FI meeting in Melbourne addresses sustainable finance challenges Oxford seminar highlights link between tourism and climate change
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
Twelfth Session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD XII): 20-25 April 2008, Accra, Ghana
GEF Council Meeting and NGO Consultation: 21-25 April 2008, Washington DC, US
Seventh Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: 21 April-2 May 2008, New York, US
OECD-UNEP Conference on Resource Efficiency: 23-25 April 2008, Paris, France
Forest Day: Shaping the Debate on Forests and Climate Change in Central Africa: 24 April 2008, Yaoundé, Cameroon
Meeting of OECD’s Environment Policy Committee at Ministerial Level Focusing on “Environment and Global Competitiveness”: 28-29 April 2008, Paris, France
Second Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-Ended Informal Working Group on Marine Biodiversity beyond National Jurisdiction: 28 April-2 May 2008, New York, US
ITTO Expert Meeting Addressing Climate Change through Sustainable Forest Management: 30 April-2 May 2008, Yokohama, Japan
Sixteenth Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development: 5-16 May 2008, New York, US

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